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An April Bride

(A Year of Weddings 1 #5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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.
ebook, 140 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Zondervan
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Niyati Em
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-to-avoid
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This book is disgusting to the core. Let me tell you why. After reading this book, I feel HarperCollins editors have lost their marbles.

This is one of the books I picked up from NetGalley thinking yeah, it’ll be good. It is a series. I’d already picked up the December, January, March and May Bride books and I wanted to make a whole set. I was really excited for this one. And the blurb caught me! It got to me. War changes everything. It m
De'Siree Fairley
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

I thought that this one needed to be a full length story or at least 200 pages to really feel the effects of Marshall's PTSD. There was also some wasted space where Stella kept asking him the same question repeatedly of how he wanted to call off the wedding and break up with her. If she had shown this in other ways besides Stella randomly getting flustered every time and asking it in the same way each time, I would have had zero problems with it. It would have also been more realistic that
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Definitely not as good as the other novellas in the A Year of Weddings series that I've read so far. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters. I didn't dislike Marshall, the solider who comes back home suffering from a head injury and PTSD. In fact, I thought it was commendable that he wanted to go on with the wedding despite all that had happened to him. Stella, Marshall's high school sweetheart and finacée, simply irritated me. She was constantly thinking about the wedding when I ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a story that tugged at my heart.
Marshall is fighting in Afghanistan when an IED explodes, leaving him with a head injury, four months of hospital stays and no memory. He finally returns home to Louisiana four weeks before his wedding to his childhood sweetheart, Stella.
I couldn't believe that Stella didn't notice that he didn't remember her after talking to him on the phone every day. Otherwise, I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other all over again. And yes, I cried a few times a
Donna (More Than a Review)
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I realize my opinion may not match the others but I loved this book. I am a softie for military heroes.
An April Bride is the most emotional book I have read in the Year of Weddings series. Marshall has been hurt serving his country and has been in the hospital for the last year. He has not wanted anyone but his parents by his side. He comes home four weeks before his wedding to his long time sweetheart, Stella. Marshall appears to be a very different person now and Stella is worried that he doe
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Welcome to spring! It is that time of year where the brides start walking down the aisle. Lenora Worth brings us the story of a bride who has to decide whether it is worth, it to walk down the aisle. Have you ever had the experience of having trials surprise you? How will you react or will you change your plans?


Stella is looking forward to marrying her fiancé Marshall, when he comes back from his deployment. Around the time that Marshall would have been sent home he and his unit encount
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stella can't wait until her wedding to her childhood sweetheart Marshall. But wedding bliss turns into an emotional roller coaster when the news comes. Marshall has had an accident while serving in the military and can't remember her.

Marshall comes home suffering from PTSD with no memories of his soon to be bride. Stella is everything he ever hoped to marry but he isn't sure his memories could come back in time for the wedding.

I simply loved this story. It was sweet the way Stella and Marshall
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ive read " an april bride " ,,, it was okay it reminded me of " the lucky one " kinda ,, i gave it 3 out of 5 stars
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!!!

This is another in the "A Year of Weddings" series published by Zondervan - Fiction. Each of these novellas focus on a wedding and the trials and tribulations leading up to the event. These are nicely clean, but have some UST for our reading enjoyment. Kisses can be FUN! They are also inspirational, but they don't beat you over the head about it. Again, nicely done.

An April Bride comes out on 3/25, but you can order your copy now.

I am certainly enjoying these novellas. This
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Loving this series.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received an advance galley proof of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher, which may vary slightly from the final published form.

This is the second of the, to-date, five novellas in the "Year of Weddings" series that I would give a pass. Several of the story arcs seemed completely implausible to me, and I never developed any sympathy for the bride who was more concerned with her wedding and whether her fiance loved her (he couldn't remember her!) than whether she loved him.

Beyond the Pages
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An April Bride was such a touching story. Filled with just the right amount of tension, romance, conflict and blessed resolution, it was a winner in my eyes.

I loved that the author spoke about the impact that war and injury can have on a serviceman and his loved ones. PTSD is tough to deal with; add amnesia to the mix due to a head injury and you could potentially have a powder keg of emotion. But in love and faith, there is power to recover and to heal. That's what this book is about.

This boo
Katie W
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
(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 chan
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I thought this was a great plot. I enjoy stories of soldiers who serve their country and the women who support them. The amnesia angle was interesting, especially as they began to connect again and Marshall began regaining his memories. The countdown to the wedding was a stress factor for the couple, but it also hindered the development of the relationship in the story since Stella's thoughts and scenes were for the majority focused on whether or not to continue with the wedding, postpone, or ca ...more
An April Bride is the first book I've read in the A Year of Weddings series and for a novella I thought it was a wonderful story. The story didn't feel rushed at all, it almost had the feel of a full length novel so that was a huge plus! If all the books are as good as this one it's going to be a great series.

I found this book to be very sweet and a little emotional. The main characters were so believable and I connected with them almost immediately. If you enjoy contemporary romance stories, I
Jennifer Garcia
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2014, own, arc
An April Bride is #5 in "A Year of Weddings" series.

This was a great tale of childhood sweethearts that are planning a wedding while the groom-to-be is serving our country. When he comes home, he's not quite the same but the couple are determined to get married anyway. Their love is strong, deep down inside.

This sweet and touching story is the perfect length for a quick read without skimping on storyline. I truly enjoyed this one.
I really enjoyed this one! It's not super great, but it is very good-- especially for a shorter story. :)
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
Girl is planning her wedding while boy is overseas in the military. Boy has been hurt, but refuses to let girl see him, and when he finally returns home it is discovered that the boy has lost all memory of said girl. -_-' I mean really, the plot of this one was rather predictable, of course he was going to regain his memory by the end of it, but what bugged me more was the fact that the conversations that the bride-to-be and the amnesiac groom had together were repeated time and time again.

Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An April Bride by Lenora Worth focuses on bride-to-be Stella Carson, who's been in love with her fiance for as long as she can remember. They grew up together, and soon their beloved friendship turned into something more. Stella knows in her heart that her and Marshall belong together, but life throws an unexpected curve ball her way, that no bride would want so close to her wedding day. Marshall had been serving in Iraq, and was badly injured in an attack. Unbeknownst to her at the time, Marsha ...more
I really didn't mind the premise of the book, but the somewhat fumbled execution made finishing the story a chore for me. Along with a few grammatical errors, there were some redundancies in the writing that should have been caught by editors. I struggled to keep up with Stella's constantly swinging emotions an occasional forced drama in conversations which were very draining and gave her a feel of flippancy instead of the steadfast devotion she was credited with throughout the book. The last is ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one. It dealt with a very different situation in a romance, one in which they essentially need to start over. It shows the impact war and the related injuries and disorders can have on a serviceman and his loved ones. It is about relying on the Lord, prayer, family and friends. It is about trusting in yourself your loved ones and the Lord. I really connected with the characters and how they were each dealing with the situation differently. I didn’t always agree with how they ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stella Carson is so grateful to finally see Marsh Henderson after he’s released from the hospital. She couldn’t understand why Marsh wouldn’t let her see him, especially since he’d been gone for awhile serving his country but what Stella doesn’t know is that he can’t remember her after being injured while serving and has suffered PTSD.
At first Marsh tries to going along with the wedding and marry Stella but she realizes that if she truly loves Marsh she must let him go even if it hurts. Will Ma
Cindy Nipper
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An April Bride
By Lenora Worth and narrated by Christy Ragland
Feb 24
5 stars
This was a heart wrenching book! Because of my own experiences in the military, my heart went out to this young man with memory loss as a form of PTSD. I’m so happy there was a happy ever after, because I definitely was having my doubts! There was a bit of repetitive issues the bride and groom kept rehashing (a bit too much for my taste), but it had a purpose and the ending made up for it!!
The narration was splendid!
Stella and Marshall had tough choices to make. Go ahead with wedding plans, even though Marshall barely remembered his bride to be? Or accept that things had changed and go on accordingly?
I liked that the story seemed natural, didn't sugarcoat his real anxiety and her feelings while they decided how to proceed with their lives.
Sara Mccarthy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
This one was just terrible. I was excited about this story bc of the war hero, memory loss etc thought it would be interesting. However, every page was the same thing. It was Stella asking Marshall if he remembered her, over and over again. Not really much of a story. Also, the names of the characters didn’t seem to fit. It just felt off. Disappointed in this one :(.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like the previous books in this series this has been a quick read. What happens when your fiancé has amnesia and can’t remember anything, let alone loving you? This is exactly the problem. The only thing is he wants to continue with the wedding plans. If he loved her once he believes he’ll love her again. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say I really enjoyed this book.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book because I needed it for a Goodreads challenge, books that take place in the spring. I loved it. Marshall comes home from being wounded in the Middle East. He has lost his memory, he can't remember anything. He can't remember he loves Stella, the bride to be. It was an emotional read. I really fell in love with Stella and Marshall and the little town they live in.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Zero stars if we could. This is hands down the worst book I've ever read.
Becca Moss
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit heavier than the others from this series; it dealt with military PTSD and loss of memory. Different kind of short and sweet Christian romance.
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Lenora Worth has written 75 books for three different publishers. She reached a milestone when she received her 50th book pin from Harlequin. Her books have won both regional and national awards and she now has millions of books in print and is a NY Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Currently she is writing both Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and Tule Publishing. ...more

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