Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella series) by Janice Thompson was so delightful that I couldn’t wait to try out her new Weddings by Design series, starting with Picture Perfect.

May your troubles be as few and as far between as my grandmother’s teeth. Irish Proverb

Book Description from Amazon

Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she’s dealing with now. Still, she’s trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island’s most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella’s list of recommended photographers–a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn’t count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.


What I Thought

It was wonderful to see the cast of Italians from Fools Rush In join with the new Irish characters in this novel. It was interesting to see how one man, raised immersed in his family’s culture, reacted to the blending of cultures. While sometimes it didn’t feel quite authentic, it was overall a great addition to the story.

While many romances are more evenly centered on the two people who will eventually come together, this book focused almost completely on Hannah. Occasionally I would miss learning more about Drew and what he was thinking, but it was clear that Hannah had a lot of growing to do before she would be ready to marry. Some who read the book felt that she was too whiny or too concerned with the thoughts of others. However, I found her attitudes, the battle she waged within herself, and her journey out of it quite realistic.

I loved the old Irish wisdom, proverbs, and blessings within the book, and more than once I giggled at the situations Hannah found herself in. And I may never forget the wonderful Splendora sisters and some of their biblical phrases.

The Bottom Line – 4 stars

I enjoyed this light-hearted story and appreciated the spiritual and emotional growth of Hannah. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a mix of humor and romance and are looking for an easy read, I highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Janice ThompsonInspirational author Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers.

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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