An April Bride
A Year of Weddings #5
by Lenora Worth
War changes everything . . . even their love.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and after suffering a head wound and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he has distanced himself from Stella by asking her not to visit him in a Washington, D.C. hospital.
Marshall returns to Louisiana just four weeks before the wedding, but as the big day draws near, Stella wonders if the man she’s loved for most of her life still wants to marry her.
This is another in the "A Year of Weddings" series published by Zondervan - Fiction. Each of these novellas focus on a wedding and the trials and tribulations leading up to the event. These are nicely clean, but have some UST for our reading enjoyment. Kisses can be FUN! They are also inspirational, but they don't beat you over the head about it. Again, nicely done.
I am certainly enjoying these novellas. This one, with a returning soldier, was quite good. There was a bit of "telling" as opposed to "showing" at the beginning, but I liked it anyway. It's difficult to put everything IN that is needed when one is constrained by a novella word count.
Marshall has been injured and asks that his fiancee not visit him as he's recuperating. He has a brain injury. We come to find out that he's lost his memory and doesn't remember his bride-to-be.
Stella doesn't find this out until he returns, just weeks before the wedding they've planned. This was by his request, but still, I would have been ticked.
Marshall is attracted to Stella. She's everything a bride should be. Sweet and devout...and pretty, too. By all accounts he's loved her forever. And he wants to honor his promise.
Stella's not sure of anything except the fact that she loves him. But what if he doesn't remember her? Ever?
Stella needed to do some growing, and when she finally does, I was quite proud of her.
There were a few time line issues, but all in all, this was an enjoyable read. One thing that is odd with the review copies from Zondervan, is that many of the sentences don't begin with capital letters! It's odd and takes a bit to get into the flow of reading. The actual books have that issue taken care of, but still hard to read the review copies.
This is a FOUR BOOKMARK read for me.
*Thank you, NetGalley and Zondervan, for the opportunity to read An April Bride
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