I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.An April Bride by Lenora Worth
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella #5
Published by Zondervan on 2014-03-25
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. War changed everything . . . even their love. Bride-to-be Stella Carson cannot wait another day to marry her longtime sweetheart, Marshall Henderson. But her plans fall to pieces when she receives the terrible news that Marshall has suffered a near-fatal head wound while serving overseas. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he asks to recover privately in a D.C. hospital, and Stella gives him space to heal. But when Marshall returns home to Louisiana, it becomes clear to them both that he is not the man he used to be. Marshall's memories of home have disappeared, and he suffers from violent, vivid nightmares night after night. Struggling to regain their life together, Stella reintroduces him to their town, reminding him of his history and their love story and watching glimpses of recognition dance in his eyes. But there is one dark corner in his memory, one important part he can’t remember: his life with Stella. With only weeks until the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between a marriage built on the past and faith in long-ago love or a very different future than the one Stella imagined. “As a romance writer, there's nothing more exciting than writing about a wedding. I was a March bride, so writing a wedding set in the same month was perfect.
Stella and Marshall have such a sweet story in “An April Bride” by Lenora Worth. I really can’t imagine how it would feel to have the love of your life come home and not remember you. I feel like Worth tells a great story on how to fall in love again when you feel like all hope is lost. Stella is very excited to see her lontime sweethear Marshall. Everything falls apart when she finds out that Marshall suffered a major head wound that caused him to lose his memories. I think this novella showed a completely different to weddings that people don’t normally see.
Something that Stella stated that really hit home for me was: “I’ve been so caught up in the wedding, I forgot to plan for the marriage.” I think this is really important. I’ve been working on planning my wedding but just thinking about it, your wedding lasts for about 15-20 mins and then the reception is a few hours and then your day is done. After that you have a lifetime of marriage to work out. It is more important to plan for your marriage then your wedding. If it comes down to it you can have a wedding anywhere even if it is just the courthouse. It is the marriage that is really going to be the thing to treasure.
I really liked how the marriage became more important in this novella than the wedding. I have to say I have been learning a lot from these stories with the fact that I am planning my own wedding right now. Stella and Marshall’s story is one that I am thankful that I don’t ever have to go through but I am glad that I got to experience in through a story. I feel like I learned a lot from their story and how they fell in love again.