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.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
An April Bride was a well written story, but despite that I have some issues with the story line itself. First off Marshall comes home only four weeks before the wedding, he was injured three months prior to coming home (one month in a German Hospital and two stateside) and in that time no one bothered to tell Stella that he has no idea who she is. Now I understand his parents were honoring his wishes not to tell her but as a woman I would be pretty pissed. I mean this is a huge deal!! Then on top of finding out this information they decide to just keep on going with the wedding plans like Marshall isn’t going through enough right now with his PTSD, which I feel is also underplayed in the story. Marshall is trying to do what he feels is the right thing. He made a promise to this woman and he is a good person so he is trying to honor that promise. As with the theme of the book he is sure that god will see him through. However, someone needs to be the voice of reason and say hey I think you should slow down and worry about you right now.
Then there is Stella herself. I mean she is whiny and a little self centered. The man you love just came home from war. He suffered a major injury and all her thoughts are what should she do and how this is affecting her and well me, me, me. When she finally does, what I feel is the right thing, and says we need to postpone the wedding and you need to get better it’s so close to the wedding that there are literally people on standby to call the people who are getting ready to travel. I’m not trying to take away that fact that yes this is very hard for her too but it just would have been nice to hear some thought from her like “what can I do for Marshall” instead of it being all about her.
About the Author:
Lenora Worth has written over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.