An April Bride

An April Bride

by Lenora Worth

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310338697
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella , #4
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 149
Sales rank: 119,177
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lenora Worth has written over 50 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 Romantic Time's Best Love Inspired for 1998. Three of her books have finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award and her Love Inspired Suspense "Body of Evidence" made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write romance and suspense for several imprints. For several years Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the local newspaper and worked freelance for a local magazine. She now enjoys full-time fiction writing and going on adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 38 years, they have two grown children. Lenora enjoys writing, reading, baking and shopping…especially shoe shopping.

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An April Bride 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finish this book it was so stilted and contrived.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(3.5 Stars) I honestly can't imagine how war can affect a person. Marshall and Stella are planning on getting married when Marshall returns from his service, but a severe wound and amnesia/PTSD complicate their plans. Stella is absolutely amazing! I kept putting myself in her shoes and wondering if I'd have the guts to go through with a wedding to a man who doesn't seem to remember me. Of course, she is human and those doubts came creeping in. Marshall is pretty amazing himself. He had every chance to walk away and decided since he'd promised something to someone else, he would stay and try to figure it out, but he could only take things so far without coming to a conclusion. One thing that bothered me--if he couldn't remember her, why didn't he want her to see him all beat up when he was in the hospital? That aside, it was heartwarming to watch a couple work through issues and feelings to really dig down deep and figure out what they love about each other and if a marriage to one another is worth it and the right thing to work for. Such a tender story. Content: mild war-type violence; mild romance; Christian elements. Clean! *I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful novella. I adored this story. When I read the description, I admit I was nervous about how I would feel about it. My soldier wasn't lucky enough to come home. I realized, though, that there are so many soldiers out there who do get to come home, but they aren't whole. Do they have the support they need? (Sorry, I got a little off topic). This story is a beautiful picture of the restoring nature of our Lord. Marshall and Stella have a huge obstacle to overcome: he can't remember her or anyone for that matter. By putting their trust in the One who knows more and can do more than they ever could, they are modeling the behaviour that we as Christians should have. I want to put my trust in the God who knows everything, don't you? Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It is a great addition to the Year of Weddings series.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
An April Bride definitely will tug on your emotions. Both of them are strong and caring, trying so very hard to do the right thing, but just not knowing what that is. I found myself being pulled between the two because I had a great understanding of the struggles both of them are going thru and hoping that somehow it all works out. (Which you know it will because it is a love story but it’s touch and go until the end.) Full review at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book full of hope.   Marshall has PTSD after returning from deployment and he has lost his memory due to the head injury he received.    He and Stella have loved each other since early childhood and are to marry in one month.   Will he remember Stella?  Will he still want to marry her?   The future is highly uncertain for both of them.    I suffer from PTSD personally so this book was very interesting to me.   I certainly could feel the emotions of Stella and Marshall as I read.  I have had short lapses of memory but not to the extent that Marshall has.   I had to wonder what it was like for him.   It must have been very confusing and disturbing.  It would definitely cause most people to question their faith and ask God "Why me?"   I have read several of the features in "A Year of Weddings Novellas" and this one is my favorite at this point!   My husband was in the U. S. Air Force, my uncle was killed in WWII, several of my nephews are currently serving in the armed forces and have deployed numerous times and this book made the experience more real for me.   I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.  I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  
cymee More than 1 year ago
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and has suffered a head wound. After being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he has distanced himself from Stella, 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 has become someone else. Can true love conquer all for Stella and Marshall, even the tragedy of war? Reading An April Bride made thoughts of what ifs race through my head. What if my hubby Rix cannot remember me, how will I make him remember and fall in love with me again? What if I lost my memory, would he try to win my heart back? And, would I still do my duty to my husband and children, even if I feel as if I’m a different person? If Stella’s situation would happen to me, I, too, would be very confused and disheartened. I would not be so strong and full of faith, as Marshall described Stella. I would definitely need God’s help for making a miracle out of my situation. Marshall sure needed that help and it seems he’s relying too much on his own capability. I hope he had acknowledged God’s work in the positive changes he went through. The story was just so-so and didn’t make too much of an impact either romantically or spiritually.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Stella’s getting married in a month – maybe. She’s been sitting home planning a wedding for the last year while her fiance, Marshall, was first deployed and then stuck in military hospitals. He asked her not to visit but she can’t see how they’re ever going to make a marriage like this. Until he gets off of the plane barely a month before the wedding and finally admits that the worst thing the IED took from his was his memory & Marshall can’t remember Stella. Hott Review: I think this may be my favorite of the series so far. It was so sad but still so amazing. Watching them trying to bring back the past while still working for the future all the while knowing that without love the marriage won’t work. This one is a must read!! More… Author: Lenora Worth Source: Zondervan via Netgalley Grade: A+ Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Renaissance, Louisiana Series: A Year of Weddings, April
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
It is so difficult when someone you love goes off to war. But sometimes it is even harder when they come home. Stella has been patiently waiting for Marshall to finish his tour of duty after which they will be married. Right before Marshall was set to leave the war zone he and his group of soldiers were hit with an IED. The impact killed several of Marshall's buddies and gave him a head injury that has resulted in memory loss. Once he arrives home he is determined to press on with the wedding. But as it gets closer and closer the idea of Marshall not remembering Stella begins to put up more and more barriers between the two. Can they really build a life together when Marshall doesn't remember where their story began? War has such far reaching effects and this little novella delves into the results of PTSD and head injuries. I enjoyed this story and liked the story line that was the basis. However I thought that it would have been better told in a longer format. Many of the angst that the characters had seemed to be shallow and self-serving because the story had to move along. Either way it still made me stop and think about how those facing such a trauma without a faith in God could have even a glimmer of hope. For a quick read that will cause you to ponder what it would be like to loose all memory of those you love pick this novella up. I received a copy of this ebook to facilitate my review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
An April Bride is another sweet addition to the A Year of Weddings novella collection. It is such fun to read a new wedding story each month by different authors! In An April Bride, Marshall has come home from war with a head injury and PTSD. These two things have combined to cause quite a big problem for him and his bride. The wedding is only a few weeks away, but Marshall can’t remember Stella! Something I really like about this story is how caring both of these characters are to each other. Stella understands that Marshall can’t help what has happened. She is hurting terribly, but wants to help him and do what is best for him. Marshall, on the other hand, is frustrated with himself. But he sees what a loving and caring person Stella is and wants to do anything he can to not hurt her. They are both strong characters with a lot of faith in God. Watching them go through such a trying time made for a very sweet and touching story. If you are a fan of romance, you will really enjoy this novella! I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
An April Bride Lenora Worth Book Summary: A charming wedding novella set in the spring. What will happen when love and wedding plans come together this April? 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 has suffered a head wound. After being diagnosed with post-traumatic disorder, he has distanced himself from Stella, asking her not to visit him in the 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 has become someone else. Can true love conquer all for Stella and Marshall? Even the tragedy of war? A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Book Review: I found this to be a good book overall. For me it was sweet and interesting. I liked Stella and Marshall, they were believable and it was easy to empathize with their predicament. The background characters were fun and easy to enjoy them. I enjoyed the overall story line, although the ending was a little too easy. I did not find this to be as fast of a read as the previous but well worth the effort to finish. Really was looking forward to an elaborate ending and it seemed to be much more simple than that. I believe that was my expectation and not in any way something that the author set up.  I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. WOW. This book is by far my favorite out of the Year of Weddings novella so far! It is an amazing story, one that many families have gone through in the past, and will continue to go through in the future. It was heartbreaking watching Stella go through everything she was because of the injuries that Marshall had happen to him while deployed. She showed an amazing amount of strength throughout the whole book though. Stella was just an amazing character overall. Now Marshall’s character, while I do understand what he was dealing with, at times I was very annoyed with how he was acting! I can say though that come the end of the story, I am glad that he was able to sort things out and realize what he wanted, and was willing to fight for it. I really don’t want to say too much about this story, just because I do believe this is one that you should read because it’s just that amazing! Reviewed by Crystal for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend....love Stella and Marsh's story!!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This was a very current read. I liked it a lot. Be prepared for a few tears. They will be Happy and Sad. Stella is on pins and needles waiting for her Military fiancee to come home to her. Marshall was injured on his Tour after having a head injury from an IED. They are supposed to marry but will they? Marsh has limited memory and PTSD. Stella has tried to help him but he doesn't tell her everything. This is something that happens way too often. I can't even imagine how hard this is for families. I would recommend this book to everyone. Please read this story!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly moving story about a young man who goes off to war leaving his fiance to plan their wedding. He returns after suffering a severe head injury with no memory of his fiance. This wonderful story takes us through the struggles from both perspectives. Recommended read.