Published March 25th 2014 by Zondervan
ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review
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Another book from A year of wedding series and I have realised that this is probably one of the best Christian series of novels. Not that I have read a lot of them. Mostly I find Christian romance dull and people relying too much on God, but this series really gets to the general public, whether you are Christian or not.
Generally because it conveys different messages and the main one is not: have faith. The key message in An April bride is: everything will be all right if you trust the other person and you don’t give up on him/her. Marshall is a great male character, even going through issues after an incident in Afghanistan, he comes home with memory loss and does everything to make it up to his bride… that he really can’t remember. He is a sweet man and he can behave even when Stella is being a drama queen.
Now Stella... She was a character that I couldn’t really understand at the beginning. She is obsessed with the wedding and comes on as annoying (she is), but let’s face it: she only had one boyfriend: Marshall. She is innocent, not very experienced in life and this wedding was her escape from Marshall’s attack. In the end, I could understand why she behaved like that. Not all female characters need to be courageous and bold (just don’t be annoying). Also Marshall’s attitude towards her excessive behaviour was cute as hell (pardon mi French), it is really nice to see a male character caring and devoting. I look forward to read more of this series.
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.
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 still wants to marry her.