amish fiction

Titus Returns by Amy Lillard

 

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About the Book

In Wells Landing, Oklahoma’s warm and welcoming Amish community, there’s always hope for a new beginning—and a second chance…

Five tumultuous years have changed Titus Lambert in every way. Back then, Titus was preparing to marry his longtime sweetheart, Mandy Yoder. Then came the unthinkable—a tragic car wreck that left Titus serving time for vehicular manslaughter.

Titus isn’t sure he belongs in this peaceful place anymore, but he must make amends. When he goes to visit the Kings, whose son, Alvin, died that terrible night, he’s shocked to see that their farm has fallen into disrepair. Alvin’s sister, Abbie, resents Titus’s reappearance, but there’s no denying she needs his help. Honest toil—and their evolving friendship—slowly help his soul to heal. But with his feelings for Mandy still strong, Titus must choose between two very different futures, and find the strength and faith to claim the surprising gift of a fresh start.

My Perspective

I think this is the most interesting Amish storyline I have ever heard! So many different parts that intrigued me. How does an Amish man who has served jail time come home? How will his then-girlfriend Mary (who decided not to wait for him and married another) react to him being home? And will Abbie King forgive him for the accident that killed her brother? Can Titus even forgive himself? Let me just say that I was hooked before I even read page one. And my interest never faded as I was reading!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Titus’s character showed great development and I thought the rate of his growth was perfect. There was an expression that Abbie said in the book that stuck with me as I was reading. She said, “I’m Amish, not perfect.” How true! I think that sometimes as outsiders we hold Amish people to some unrealistically high standard and that isn’t fair. This book was a great reminder that Amish are only human too. They make mistakes just like we do. And they struggle with forgiveness maybe even more so.

I am anxiously awaiting the release of Marrying Jonah so I can visit Wells Landing again! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

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