“Titus Returns” by Amy Lillard tells the story of an Amish man who is sentenced to prison for five years. He was the driver in an accident that killed two friends and sentenced another to life in a wheelchair. Although he has not told the true story, he paid the price for his bad decisions. After his release, he returns to his home of Wells Landing. His time in prison was hard and he now has to decide whether or not he will remain Amish or leave the community.
He finds life on the outside is not easy to adjust to, even with his family. His former girlfriend has married another but is convinced that Titus should run away with her and live Englisch. She thinks that she is still in love with him.
Abby King, on the other hand, doesn’t want anything to do with Titus because it was her twin brother who was one of the friends who was killed. Life for her family has been very hard since the accident. Her parents are suffering from deep depression and the farm is showing signs of neglect. Abby it trying to do it all and bring the farm back to the way it was, but she is struggling. Titus decides that it is his duty to help her and the King family recover. The story continues with Titus being pulled in many different directions. He must decide what his future holds and make decisions for everyone’s good and find forgiveness for himself.
I enjoyed the book and I think that Ms. Lillard is a gifted writer. I am anticipating reading the next book in the Wells Landing series.
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.