03 June, 2014

#BookReview :: 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 the fifth installment in this series of novellas. With each installment, my expectations have been increasing…

Stella Carson is a soon-to-be-bride whose faith and patience is tested when Marshall, her beau, is injured in the line of duty. He returns with blanks in his memory and PTSD. Stella is torn between her wedding preparations – that may never be and helping Marshall recover his memory. Will the wedding happen or will Stella loose her man?

Okay, I have to admit that I struggled with this novella. The plot and the narration style is simple enough. It is with the characters that I struggled. On one hand we have Stella, a god-believing girl, whose first thought when she finds out that Marshall has memory issues and is struggling with PTSD is that she might have to cancel her wedding. It was downright shallow of her care about her ‘wedding’ and ‘wedding preparations’ when the person she loves is struggling so much. Second of all, even though Marshall doesn’t remember his bride to be he is ready to go ahead with the wedding just on faith… I could probably accept that if it wasn’t for the fact that Marshall insisted on being consulted in every little detail of the wedding. No man, let alone one suffering from PTSD would ever want to be part of the frilly planning part of a wedding. I had a tough time stomaching that too. Also, there was too much repetition as if the author was trying to tell us how serious Marshall’s situation was by having him repeat the same things a number of times.

This is just my POV. Apart from the characters, I guess this was just another romance in the market.

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