Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Review: An April Bride ( A Year of Weddings)

Book Title: An April Bride ( A Year Of Weddings)
Author: Lenora Worth |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Zondervan Fiction
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format: ebook
Cost: $3.79
Pages: 140
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
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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.

  The author relied on a lot of misconceptions about amnesia and kind of used it the same way a daily soap opera would have.

To be truthful I wasn't a fan of this story I was severely annoyed with Stella, despite doing her research and knowing that by pushing you could make it worse she kept harping on him to remember her. He just came home from the war and she's attempting to make him back into the guy he was before he left, which I get, but we all grow and change and this isn't a change anyone would want but stop trying to make it all perfect. He's suffering from PTSD and a brain injury, it's not something that's going to be fixed in a weeks time, it can take up to years before it all works it self out.

I get it she wanted to be married and yes he can't remember and I'm sure that hurt, but are you more worried about a wedding or the groom?? She kept saying she was going to take it on faith and then immediately countered that by being pushy.  I get it, I do but maybe because I work in the field and know how frustrating it can be for those suffering from brain issues, especially issues dealing with memories, I was just annoyed that she kept saying she understood then kind of demanded perfection from him.

In the end I wasn't even a fan of Stella and I just felt bad for Marshall. I think if she had listened to him and went with on working with him over the weeks and seen it as a chance to court him again or be courted again then perhaps I would have liked it more. In the end she didn't learn a darn thing, she got her wish didn't she??  The book kinda made light of all the hard work that goes into the Veterans coming home, it ignored that for some those memories never come back and they still walk on faith and either move on or continue with their lives.  Stella didn't have to change, she didn't have to grow, this was just a lurch in the road to her perfect plans, EVEN though a friend told her to settle for the best or good enough she still held out for perfection and I feel the ending rewarding her whining and not growing instead of making her grow and change.

Even thought it's a good clean romance, I'm not a fan of it like I loved the others.  The faith was there and even though  the chance to learn kept coming up I felt like she wasn't learning anything. She would have a good  AHA moment (thanks Oprah) then turn right around and undo all the good she had just done.

I will say the author is wonderful at pulling you into the story and sharing with a great turn of words the beauty of the south; and the importance of faith.  The cover of course is gorgeous!! 

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