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.
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.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of An April Bride from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*
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.
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.
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.