Review | An April Bride by Lenora Worth

Posted October 20, 2014 by Asheley in review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

An April Bride by Lenora Worth
Series: A Year of Weddings #5
Published by Zondervan
Publish Date: February 4, 2014

Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon 

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 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?
 (from Goodreads)

An April Bride by Lenora Worth

My Thoughts:  Marshall Henderson is fighting in Afghanistan when he is involved in an accident with an IED – he survives, but has injuries leaving him with significant memory loss. Marshall comes back to the United States to recuperate, but asks his fiance Stella Carson not to visit him while he is healing. 

Meanwhile, Stella has spent her time working and planning their wedding to keep her mind busy during Marshall’s service and hospitalization. But she can’t help but wonder if there is something Marshall is keeping from her – has he changed his mind about wanting to marry her? Or is there something else? 


Stories that involve men and women fighting in our military and the after-effects of their service always tug at my heart. In this case, Marshall’s injury left him in such a place that he was unable to recognize even his parents, who were by his side as he recovered. They were very patient with him and he was eventually able to regain memory of who they are. BUT! Even with the help of his parents, Marshall had no memory of his fiance or the fact that he would be getting married in just four weeks! Marshall decided that he did not want his fiance, Stella, coming to the hospital because he didn’t want his amnesia to hurt her. He had hopes of regaining his memory before he saw her face-to-face, in order to spare her feelings.  

Stella remained at home because that was what Marshall wanted. She kept busy planning the wedding and having wedding showers and working on the fixer-upper home that would be their first home together. 


I realize that I may be completely judging Stella, but I find it really difficult to believe that she wouldn’t be on the first flight TO HIM regardless of his wishes because he was severely injured, PERIOD, THE END. I realize that I probably sound awful in saying that, but this is why I found the story a little on the unbelievable side from the beginning. 

Despite this, I accepted it and moved on. An April Bride is a sweet story with a happy ending. It is not my favorite novella in the A Year of Weddings series, but I did read it quickly and I did like it enough. I would recommend An April Bride to people that enjoy happy endings, romances, and a Southern setting. 


An April Bride will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: Already established but slowly re-developing
due to amnesia. No triangle. 
Great Setting
Great Family Relationships

An April Bride by Lenora Worth

is currently available for purchase.  

**I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion and review. I received no compensation for my thoughts and they are my own! Thank you Zondervan! 



About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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