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Zondervan / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780310338697
ISBN-13: 9780310338697
UPC: 025986338695
Availability: In Stock
Series: A Year of Weddings

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Publisher's Description

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." —Rachel Hauck, author of A March Bride

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  1. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet yet difficult...
    June 10, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Planning a wedding can be difficult but even more so when the fiance is deployed to the Middle East for the past year. Stella Carson and Marshall Henderson find themselves in just such a predicament; however, with an injury sustained during his tour, Stella and Marshall have much more to deal with and live through. Will the wedding take place? Should they still get married? Will the marriage even survive?

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Reading and reviewing the novellas in A Year of Weddings, this story was a perfect addition to my collection. Rather relevant in the world today, this novel was sweet but may actually be considered difficult by many struggling with these situations. Through memory loss caused by a brain injury, the retainment of faith was still evident which was appreciated. Though a bit scattered at points, overall, the story was well written with developed characters. A new author for me, I would definitely consider reading other novels written by her now.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of An April Bride from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*
  2. Simply Emmy
    Bacolod City, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Love after War
    May 12, 2014
    Simply Emmy
    Bacolod City, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I admire Stella Carson's character. Although some scenes are too good to be true or too impossible to happen like Stella not knowing what exactly happened to Marshall Henderson, his fiancee, at the hospital, I say that we can find Stella's character in many of the women who love deeply and believe sincerely.

    This novella described the horror and effects that war can bring and to the soldiers who fight in it. Although war and its effects are not described intensely - being this a romance novel and not a heavy, war piece - reading this novella somehow will give you a glimpse that its effects are serious to both the person and the families, particularly dealing with post-traumatic stress.
  3. Fitzysmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 30, 2014
    Fitzysmom
    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.
  4. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sweet, Romantic Read!
    April 17, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April Bride Satisfied
    April 1, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
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