Disappointing: The April Bride by Lenora Worth

The Blurb Reads

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.
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?

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 makes a healthy man hate. It destroys families and tears countries and societies. Even though so many people are against war, yet many powers are behind keeping the countries at war, mostly to profit themselves.

The arithmetic of war aside, this book would have dealt with how a bride deals with her husband coming back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I’m not someone who is an authority on the subject, and neither have I read enough. I’ve seen a little on TV and know that the veterans have a hard time remembering as their mind shelters them from any further pain.

In this respect, this book was a total failure. The whole book harps all about how good Stella is and how Marshall and Stella are meant for each other. But hey, did someone just forget that Marshall was back from war? That being stupidly emotional and double guessing the wedding and trying to “act” like a martyr didn’t do anyone any favours?

This is a really pathetic story. I don’t know how it got past the editor. Was the author attempting to brush off PTSD? Stella is the most disagreeable character but the tragedy of the book is that everyone sings her praises. Her fiance is suffering and all she can whine, yes that’s all she does. Whine Whine Whine. I wanted to slap her. Did she think war meant someplace where people went to have fun? PTSD and repressed memories can take years to cure. And all Stella cares is about whether Marshall loves her or not. And whether she would be married.

That was just horrible. Everyone trying to counsel and trying to bring back Marshall’s memories. I’d have liked to see a stronger woman who shows her love for her man instead of being a spoilt brat wondering about the fate of her wedding. I mean, really?!!! My heart went out to Marshall. He is just back from a traumatic experience in the war. A near death one and he doesn’t remember. All he knows is that he has to get married in 4 weeks.

All I saw was one selfish woman focused so deeply on her wedding that she forgets the fact that marriages happen with both the parties, and that if her fiance isn’t well, she should support him.

I do not recommend this book at all. Not a good read and a little insulting to anyone who fights in war to deal with a prick like that!


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