I fell in love with the Rossi clan back in book one, Fools Rush In, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Swinging on a Star. I was very excited to find out what everyone's been up to. Well, as I discovered, total chaos has broken out at the Rossi home. Whew-weeee! There is so much going on, that I had to stay on my toes just to keep up!
Bella is in the midst of planning her second "themed" wedding, medieval this time, while Aunt Rosa is getting ready to be featured on Italian Chefs from Coast to Coast, hosted by her favorite cooking channel, the Food Network. Bella's worried that TV cameras are gonna be all over the place during the wedding rehearsal, and she doesn't want her bride to be even more stressed out right before her big day. She's trying her best to coordinate everything perfectly, in order to avoid another disastrous wedding mishap. Marian, the bride-to-be, doesn't help matters any when she calls to let Bella in on a secret concerning Rob's best man. This is where Janice's trademark hilarity comes into play! I was laughing out loud at everything the Rossi's have to go through in order to help Bella keep this BIG secret from the rest of the neighborhood.
We also find out what DJ's family, the Neely's, have been up to; especially his brother, Bubba, with his excellent singing abilities. Bubba's relationship with Bella's best friend, Jenna, is still going strong. Uncle Laz and Aunt Rosa are still fighting with each other, although the other family members are starting to realize that there's more to it than just fighting, per say. Bella's sister, Sophia, has another love-interest, even though Tony is still hanging around trying to catch her attention. As you'll find out, there's never a dull moment when the Rossi's are around!
As I said in the beginning, there is quite a bit going on with the Rossi family. At times, it was a little hard for me to keep up with what everyone was doing, but it was a lot of fun. In order to not give anything away, let me just say that you're in for lots of exciting twists, such as, a couple of characters have to spend the night locked up; there are a couple of wedding proposals; Guido may be heading home soon; and of course, those crazy ladies Twila, Jolene, and Bobbie Sue are back again! Believe me, you don't want to miss out on the fun in this one! :)
If you haven't had a chance to read Fools Rush In, don't let that stop you from grabbing a copy of Swinging on a Star. It can actually be read as a stand-alone, in my opinion, and those of you who know me well, know that I very rarely recommend reading series books out of order!
Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.