War changes everything . . . even their love.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her childhood 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.
For the first time since beginning to review books on Goodreads and my blog, I’ve hit upon a novella that I really can’t make up my mind about! The subject matter cannot help but tug at the heartstrings, and whilst this is primarily a romance, it does turn one’s thoughts to the devastating effect of war and PTSD, not only on our fighting forces, but their nearest and dearest, and in some cases even the community as a whole.
Whilst my heart went out to Marshall as he struggled with memory issues, his actions seemed wholly unnatural (even given his PTSD). Stella’s behaviour seemed even more incomprehensible: The wedding seems far more important to her than her fiancé’s health and she came across as selfish and self-involved which meant I really couldn’t get invested in her plight.
The story is exceptionally religious, with all characters understandably relying heavily on their faith throughout, but this was repetitive to the point of tedium, and the dialogue seemed stilted at times. The point of view switches from Stella’s to Marshall’s, and whilst in most novels I find it jarring, in this case it was well done, and definitely added to the story.
For the first ¾ of the novella I was quite disenchanted with it, however at the eleventh hour it did come to life and I was happy with the ending.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an ecopy of An April Bride by NetGalley for the purposes of this review, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.