Titus Returns

Titus Returns

by Amy Lillard

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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.
Praise for Amy Lillard

“An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust…will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis.” —Library Journal on Caroline’s Secret
“Amy Lillard writes her Amish stories with the respect they are due.” --RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420139754
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: A Wells Landing Romance Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 892,582
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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Titus Returns

By Amy Lillard


Copyright © 2017 Amy Lillard
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ISBN: 978-1-4201-3976-1


Titus Lambert pulled the strap of his backpack a little higher onto his shoulder and stepped to the side of the road as the car whizzed past. A stream of laughter and music trailed behind and mixed with the exhaust fumes to leave a bitter taste in his mouth. He had never quite gotten used to the speedy movements of cars. Even during the short time he actually drove himself, he was always a little unnerved when he stopped to think about how fast he was really going. So he never stopped. At twenty that was easy. But five years had passed and things were different. Much, much different.

And yet some things were the same. He hitched his bag a little higher once more and studied the sign looming ahead: WELLS LANDING. It was just as he remembered. Pristine white that had barely started chipping around the edges. Flowing green letters that made it seem like a fancier place than it really was.

He stopped and stared at the sign, his heart pounding in his chest. His mouth went dry as ash. What was he doing here?

He had no business being here. But where else could he go?

Wells Landing had been his home all of his life. Until the night everything had changed forever. Now he had no idea where home was. He had no idea if he'd ever feel at home anywhere. It certainly wasn't the concrete cell that had been his shelter during the last five years.

He rubbed a hand across the back of his neck, the stitching in his shirt irritating his skin. These were the clothes that he had worn into the prison. The clothes that his mother had made for him. Nowadays the sleeves were a little tight and a little short, but the uncomfortable feeling that stole over him had more to do with memories than the fact that five years had passed since he had worn them.

He had heard the other guys talking about getting out and their families bringing them new things to wear, driving up to get them, and all the celebration that would be had that night.

But there was no celebration for Titus. He hadn't told his parents that he was coming home. He didn't know if he could call it home. He didn't know if he could actually go through with it.

Another car whizzed past, then he caught the low chug of a tractor.

The sound grew closer, the speed becoming slower until it practically stopped right beside him.

Titus kept walking.

"Titus? Titus Lambert? Is that you?"

He should have known that he wouldn't make it back into town without someone noticing. Wells Landing just wasn't big enough for that kind of secrecy. Wells Landing wasn't big enough for any kind of secrecy.

Unable to ignore the man who had called him by name, Titus turned to see who was driving the tractor.

Jonah Miller.

Emotions rushed him: anger, sadness, and an overwhelming need to hug this person he had known most of his life. He shoved them all into the box he kept buried deep inside and gave his onetime friend a brief nod. "Jonah."

Jonah swung down from the tractor, leaving it idling as he hit the ground. "It's good to see you." He stuck out his hand to shake.

Titus looked at it, unable to move. How long had it been since he had touched another person? One year? Two? Fistfights aside, it had been nearly four years since he had clasped another man's hand in friendship.

It hadn't taken long for word to get around the yard that he was Amish. The other inmates had considered it great sport to tease him and see if they could get the pacifist to respond. It took even less time for Titus to learn that if he wanted to have any peace at all he had to fight and fight harder and meaner than anyone else. He wasn't proud of the measures he had been forced to take, but he had done what any and every man does on the inside: whatever it took to survive.

He clasped Jonah's hand, then met his tawny-brown gaze. Jonah's eyes were the exact color of good maple syrup. How long had it been since he'd had a short stack with syrup and butter? A long time.

That was another thing he wasn't used to — making eye contact. He'd done whatever it took to stay off the radar of the harder prisoners. But he looked into Jonah's eyes, trying his best to begin his life on the outside. His eyes burned and his hand trembled. This was going to be harder than he thought.

"It's good to be here." His voice sounded rusty and unused as he uttered his lie. Was it good to be there? Or was this the only place he could be? Wells Landing was his home. At least it had been once ... a long time ago.

"Are you on your way home?" Jonah jerked one thumb over his shoulder toward his waiting tractor. "I can give you a ride."

It was on the tip of Titus's tongue to tell him no, but the trip down memory lane was exhausting. He had seen just about all of Wells Landing he wanted to see for the time being, and he had barely made it past the welcome sign.

"Yes." He nodded. "I'd like that." He climbed up into the cab of the tractor next to Jonah and tried not to think about how many times they had ridden this way in their youth.

They were still young, he knew, but the innocence of that time was gone. And he could never get that back.

Jonah didn't say much as they chugged down Main.

Titus did his best not to stare at everything as they passed. Fitch's Furniture Store, Kauffman Family Restaurant, Lapp Bakery. He had spent so many hours hanging out in the park that divided Main Street that a part of him wanted to tell Jonah to stop and let him out. He could swing for a couple of hours, maybe use the time to get his head right. Then what? He would still have to go home. Still have to face his parents. Still have to learn to live again.

"You okay?" Jonah asked.

"Yeah," Titus lied. "How's Lorie these days?" Anything to change the subject. He wasn't okay. He was drowning in memories.

Jonah made a face that was somewhere between a frown and a grimace. "Uh, a lot has happened since you've been gone."

Of course it had. He'd been in prison for nearly five years, a stiff sentence for second-degree manslaughter. But apparently the judge had been feeling particularly peevish that day about Amish who thought they could run amok in his district without consequences. Of course it didn't help that the state's plaintiff was an attorney himself. Titus hadn't known it would prove to be important at the time, but it was. Oh, how it was.

"You want to fill me in?" Titus asked.

Finally, they were through town and on the other side, where most of the Amish farms were located.

Jonah took so long to answer for a moment Titus thought he wasn't going to. Then he took a deep breath and started. "Let's see, we've had a few new folks moving in. Caroline Hostetler came with her daughter Emma. She went to work with Esther Lapp in the bakery, then she met Andrew Fitch. He's Abe Fitch's nephew. He moved down from Missouri. They ended up getting married — Caroline and Andrew — which you don't know either one of them but you'll meet them now that you're ... home." He seemed reluctant to say that last word.

Titus couldn't blame him. The stench of change clung to him. He knew it. But it was more than change. Things would never be the same again and those around him didn't know how to handle it. Until he figured it out, he would just exist. And pray that one day he would understand.

"Then it was about that time that Esther Lapp married Abe Fitch."

That wasn't what Titus expected Jonah to say. "You don't say."

For as long as he could remember the man was absentminded euphemistically speaking and downright scatterbrained if a person really wanted to state the truth. But most people hated to say that about Abe. He was as kindhearted as they came, generous and caring, even if he was a little bit unkempt at times and would lose the thread of the conversation as easily as a fish slips off the hook.

"That is quite a bit," Titus said.

Jonah gave a small nod. "That's not the half of it. Luke Lambright ran off to drive Englisch race cars."

Titus nodded. "I'm not surprised."

"Jah, well, Emily wasn't very happy about it."

"Emily Ebersol?"

"Of course," Jonah said. "Except she's Emily Riehl now. Elam Riehl stepped in and started to court her. Now they're married and have a baby girl. Then there's his father."

"James?" It was so much easier talking about the many residents of Wells Landing and how they had been doing rather than dwelling on all the aspects of his own life.

He missed these people. He knew in his heart that he would never be a complete member of the community again. The Amish preached about forgiveness and understanding and that he could understand. But he wasn't the same person he had been when he'd left. How could he come back and pretend that nothing had happened? That was the saddest part of all.

"Jah, James was hurt. He got kicked in the head by a milk cow. He's not the same anymore. But he's doing all right. He and Joy had a new baby. They named her Lavender." He made a face telling Titus exactly what he thought about the name, then he shrugged it off. "He has a thing about purple."

"Thing?" Titus asked.

"You'll just have to talk to him. You'll understand then. Let's see, Sadie Kauffman is getting married this fall to a Mennonite guy named Ezra Hein. Clara Rose married Obie Brennaman."

"I knew that would happen," Titus said, nodding. "I think we all did except for Obadiah and Clara Rose." He chuckled.

"Then there's Lorie." An undeniable sadness crept into his tone. "Her dad died."

"I'm sorry to hear that." And Titus was. He liked Henry Kauffman. He was a good man, always happy. Titus would never forget him buzzing around the restaurant, big smile on his face as he made sure everyone had enough coffee and pie. His death was a shame.

"Lorie started going to Tulsa visiting with a grandmother she never knew she had."

"An Englisch grandmother?"

Jonah nodded and turned down the farm road that led to Titus's house.

His heart pounded a little heavier in his chest.

Almost home.

And then not. How could this ever be home again?

"It seems that Henry Kauffman was really Henry Mathis. And he wasn't Amish at all. It's kinda complicated, but when he died Lorie saw that he had a tattoo."

Titus whistled under his breath. Tattoos were strongly forbidden among the Amish. That was one of the many things he struggled with in prison. Everybody wanted to mark themselves to show what group they belonged to. Titus just wanted to keep to himself and do his time. He just wanted to get out with as few changes as possible. He did everything he could to come out of prison unmarked physically, but his marks were invisible, bolder, deeper.

"Anyway she met this sod named Zach something or another. I forget...." He trailed off, and Titus had a feeling he knew exactly what this Zach's last name was, but he wouldn't press the issue.

"I'm sorry to hear that, too," Titus murmured.

"Jah, well, it's God's will."

Was it? Titus had lost faith in God's will. What proof was there that God wanted these things to happen? Why would God want some of these things that happened to happen? What good was it all?

He pushed those thoughts aside. He was going to see his parents again for the first time in four years, the first time since the trial. He hadn't seen his brothers and sisters since even before then. He'd had a few visitors that first year in jail, the year he served before the trial. But when he was shipped off to prison, he hadn't wanted them to come by. He didn't want anyone to see him in there. Now he was going to get to see them in just a few minutes. The thought sent his heart soaring even as it sank like a rock in his chest.

"Baby steps," the chaplain had said when he visited with Titus before his release. "Just take baby steps." And that's what he intended to do. What was that quote? "Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time." And that was what he was planning, to take one bite at a time until he figured out if he should swallow or spit it all out. Until then, he would enjoy what little remained of the life he had before.

"It's all right," Jonah said. "I'm doing okay."

Titus could spot a lie when he heard one. He'd been lying to so many people for so long that it had become easy. And he could tell that Jonah was lying now. As long as Jonah was trying to fool the outside and not himself, he'd be okay. Titus had fooled himself for years, and he knew that road led to destruction.

"It sounds like it's been a busy few years."

Jonah slowed the tractor as they neared the mailbox marked with the Lambert name. It hadn't changed. Their name was still spelled out in those gold and black letters. Half of the T was missing as it had been when he left. The mailbox seemed to have a couple more dents in it. But it seemed as if not much had changed at all, and he wasn't sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing.

Jonah turned the tractor, and they chugged down the drive. Once again Titus's heart was stabbed with the sameness of it all. Nothing had changed here. The barn still sat close to the road, the first building they came to when they turned down the driveway. It was still painted a bright red with a white fence wrapping around it. The white fence gave way to barbed wire and a sprawling pasture. On the opposite side of the drive the house sat, all pristine white with green shutters and a gray roof, just the same as it had always been. Only the flowers outside were different. How he knew that he didn't understand. But when he left there'd been flowers, mounds and mounds of beautiful blooms, spilling red, purple, and white all around the house. Now the flowers seemed a little tamer. They were more contained and looked thin as they stood straight and tall and reached for the sun. The flowers themselves were white with a couple of pinks mixed in, and it was definitely not what he had been used to seeing in the years before. Maybe that was what he needed, that one difference to bring him into the here and now.

Jonah pulled to one side of the house, then turned to Titus without cutting the engine. "Do you want me to go in with you?"

Titus stopped for a moment, mulling over every facet of the problem. He would love to have Jonah's familiar and steady support at his side as he entered the house he hadn't set foot in for five years. Yet this was something that he had to do alone. He needed to face the past and survive. And he needed to do it on his own two feet.

"Nah. You go on home." Titus climbed down from the tractor, grabbed his backpack, and slung it over one shoulder. He was standing on the opposite side of the tractor from the house, and yet he could see faces peeking out of the window to see who had come visiting.

"I had better get in there before everyone comes out on the porch." If that happened, then Jonah might not ever get to leave. That was one thing about his family: they were welcoming and loving and enjoyed having company of all sorts. If they knew Jonah was there, they would definitely invite him in, convince him he needed some pie and to drink some coffee, play a couple of games of Uno and twenty other things until they finally let him go. Titus wasn't sure they would treat him the same way. He was an outsider now, an outcast, a rebel, an outlaw, a convicted felon.

He couldn't handle them embracing Jonah with all the love that they always showed him before yet shunning him now.

He shook the thought away. Shunned or not, things would never be the same.

"Thanks for the ride," he told Jonah.

His friend nodded. "I'm glad you're home."

Jonah backed up the tractor and turned it around. He started for home, throwing a small wave over his shoulder as he putted along. Titus stood there, backpack slung across one shoulder, and watched him leave.

The front door opened and his youngest sister, Rachel, came to the door. She looked at him, turned her head one way and then the other. She had been only seven years old the last time she'd seen him. Plenty old enough to remember who he was.

"Titus." She breathed his name as if she never thought she'd speak it again. "Mamm! Dat! It's Titus! Titus is home."

He stood stock-still as inside the house movement erupted.

He heard his father's voice though he couldn't discern the words. Then Rachel responded. "I'm not kidding; he's right there." She pointed at him.

This was it. This was really happening. He was home.

His mother came out onto the porch, no doubt wanting to see what Rachel was so adamant about. She looked at her daughter and then looked at him. The moment froze. So many years had passed, but she looked the same as she had when he left. Maybe a few more lines around her face, a couple more wrinkles on her forehead, and a little more gray hidden under her prayer kapp. But somehow she looked just as she always had. Her blue eyes were kind and loving.


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Titus Returns 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Very interesting story. I have read many in this series and have enjoyed them all. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
there was simply too much angst. cut 50% of the head talk and this would have been a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read characters came to life
SimpsonsPB More than 1 year ago
TITUS RETURNS BY AMY LILLARD (WELLS LANDING SERIES #5) Titus Lambert returns to the Amish community of Wells Landing, after spending five years in prison for second-degree vehicular manslaughter. The accident claimed the life of Alvin King and Blaine Carson and Eli Glick is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Titus has become a changed man, and he finds that things in Wells Landing have changed during his absence. For one, his sweetheart, Mandy, has moved on with her life and has married another man. Shortly after his return, Titus makes a visit to the King farm, to ask for their forgiveness. Upon his arrival at the farm, Titus cannot believe how the King's farm has been neglected. He is also not welcomed by Abbie King, Alvin's twin. Titus decides that he is going to help the King family get their farm back in condition. While Titus is working at the farm, he finds out that Emmanuel King has become an alcoholic and Priscilla King is suffering from depression, all because of their son's death. Since Abbie has been keeping the farm running by herself, Titus starts to show up every day to help her out. Little by little, Priscilla King starts to "come back to life" but Emmanuel is still having trouble giving up drinking. Through all of this Abbie and Titus become close. Meanwhile, Mandy, Titus' former sweetheart, confesses to Titus that she still has feelings for him. Titus tells her to stay away because she is married and besides Titus is starting to have feelings for Abbie. Titus is confronted with a lot of decisions to make concerning his future. He has to decide if he is going to stay in Wells Landing and go back out into the English world. Titus is also confronted with his own demons from his stay in prison. This is a very heartfelt story of love, trust, forgiveness, overcoming alcoholism, depression and dealing with PTSD. The author, Amy Lillard, did an excellent job in writing this book, as she has with all of her other Wells Landing books. I would, without hesitation, recommend this book and all the other books in the Wells Landing series (and other Amy Lillard's books)
cscott9 More than 1 year ago
Titus Returns is book five in the A Wells Landing Romance series written by author Amy Lillard. Set in Wells Landing, Oklahoma, an Amish community. Titus Returns is the story of Titus Lambert returning to Wells Landing after serving time for vehicular manslaughter. It's been 5 years since Titus has been in Wells Landing, he has changed in every way imaginable. When returning, he stops by the farm of Kings, whose son was killed the car accident, and is disheartened to see that it is falling apart. Titus wants to help them out, even though Abbie resents him but she needs his help. Helping Abbie and their evolving friendship is what Titus needs to heal his soul from all the turmoil he has faced. Things begin to change for Titus and he has a lot of decisions to make all he wants is a fresh start. Titus Returns was a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, I highly recommend starting with Book One but can tell you it can be read as a stand-alone. If you love Amish Fiction then you will really love Amy's books. She does her research and her writing style is one that I love. Titus Returns is the story of faith, love, forgiveness, friendship, and kindness that we so desperately need today. I received a copy of this book for free however a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Loved this fifth book in the series. This can be read as a stand alone or since these are all good you should read them all. This was a little different for an Amish story with Titus coming home after five years in prison. This was well written and a beautiful story. I really love all the characters. This treated depression and ptsd well. I received an ebook copy of this book from netgalley for a fair and honest opinion.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Titus Returns by Amy Lillard is the fifth book in The Wells Landing Series. It is an exceptional read! Titus Lambert is returning to Wells Landing. He has just spent the last five years in prison. No one, other than Titus, truly knows what happened the night of the party. Two of his friends died, and one was injured in the car accident. Titus was driving, and was the one held responsible for it. Changes happened in those five years. His girlfriend Mandy married another, even though she said she would wait for him. Is she completely satisfied with her current marriage? What happens when she knows that Titus Lambert is back in town? Abbie King, the twin of one of the victims in the car crash cannot believe Titus is back again. She wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Running into Abbie and offering his help, that she desperately needs on the farm, is something Titus can to do heal his brokenness. Will she allow him to help? Will she ever be able to look past the monster that she thinks Titus is? Will Titus be able to once again live peacefully and happily as a whole person in Wells Landing? I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book! Amy really brings the characters to life; while reading, you will feel like you are right there with them in Wells Landing, Oklahoma, a most pleasant place to be! She does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that every one can relate to including frustration, loneliness, depression, addiction, hope, love and forgiveness. You will need to leave yourself some extra time while reading this book, because once you start, you won’t be putting it down anytime soon! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
Oh my! Another wonderful Amish story from Amy Lillard. A story of love, faith,and forgiveness throughout the novel. it's also an awesome page turner. I definitely burnt some midnight oil to finish this beautiful story. I felt sorry for Mandy but she did make her choice. As did I. So I can relate to her real well. Sometimes the choices we make are what God has planned for us all along. I liked Levi. He's a kind, patient man. Most men wouldn't do that. I admired him for that. Levi and mandy make a great couple. I'm glad she realizes it on time. Titus is a man who has gone through a lot. He has trouble adjusting and when Abbie comes along he wonders if she's the girl for him. Only time will tell. I'm glad Titus has family and a good friend plus God (although he doesn't realize it as the time) Grief can be terrible. We all deal with it differently. Emmanuel did it by drinking. Alcohol is definitely the root of all evil.It can turn people into a different person than what they normally are. Life can deal people like Titus a different turn from what they normally were. Years can definitely change a peson. It's how they choose to cope with it. I believe that we can do things through Christ of we let him in our hearts. We don't have to deal with it alone. He doesn't leave us, we Leave Him out of our lives. We think that we can do it on our own but we can't I enjoyed this book very much! I cried in some spots and rejoiced in others. Thank you Amy for another wonderful book! I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Titus Return is Amy Lillard's latest installment in her Wells Landing Series. If you haven't read the others in the series don't worry, you won't be left behind. Titus Returns is the first book I've had the privilege(sp?) of reading in the series and I definitely plan on going back and reading the rest. Titus Lambert isn't sure he can do it. What's that saying? You can't go home? He never truly believed it before but after spending 5 years in jail he isn't sure he can face the past. Maybe he should just stay in the English world and not trouble the community any more than he has. But he's not a coward and he knows he's going to see his family, he owes them that much. It's just a lot harder to battle the ghost than he thought it would be. Mandy Yoder loved Titus Lambert with all her heart. She promised to wait on him, forever and a day she said. However, five years is a long time to wait and see all your friends grow up, marry and have babies of their own. So when, Levi Burkholder starts coming around declaring his intentions to court her, she decides to take a chance and ends up marrying Levi. Now with Titus back in Wells Landing what does that mean for her and Levi? The Amish marry for life but what if you've made a huge mistake? Abbie King hates Titus Lambert with a passion. He was the one driving the car that killed her twin brother. She knows it's the Amish way to forgive, but she just can't bring her self to do it. Her dad is drinking and left the running of the dairy farm to her. Her mom can barely get out of bed and has all but lost the will to live. So, yeah, she's angry and she's not afraid to let Titus Lambert know just what she thinks of him when she sees him. I was blown away by Titus Returns. I have to admit, I never really thought about what it would be like for an Amish man, or woman, to go to prison. I always assumed that the wayward would be automatically welcomed back into the fold. It's hard sometimes to remember that the Amish aren't robots or super heroes. They struggle with forgiveness and anger and other issues just as we do. Amy Lillard handles each subject with such respect that it makes you think, What would I do in this situation? I felt bad for Titus, he's served his sentence and yet he keeps punishing himself. He can't forgive himself for the death of his friend, Alvin and the Englisher and putting his other friend Eli in a wheel chair. He struggles to believe that this could be in God's will. Why was he the only one to walk away unscathed. Surely the community will never truly forgive him for the wrongs he's done. He fears he will constantly be judged even though people say they forgive him. He carries so much guilt that I was afraid he would never recover. Abbie King was by far my favorite! She's still hurting after losing her twin Alvin. She's doing her best to move on but it isn't easy. Left alone to care for her parents in their grief stricken state, she can trace all her troubles back to Titus. The nerve of that man to waltz back into Wells Landing like all was forgiven. Not by a long shot, Abbie is just waiting for the opportunity to tell Titus what she thinks of this whole situation and then tell him to go fly a kite. I loved her because she was so real. She struggled with anger and the ability to forgive. You could feel her grief pour off the page. I just wanted to wrap her in a hug and let her know everything would be alright. *I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own
cherishedbyalecia More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to return to wells landing and to find out about that fateful night that's been mentioned in past books And this book doesn't disappoint!! I loved this story of forgiveness and learning from past mistakes *i relieved an arc copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Titus Returns by Amy Lillard is the latest Wells Landing Romance Novel. Titus Lambert is returning to Wells Landing, Oklahoma after being gone for five years. Titus has just been released from prison after serving five years for second-degree manslaughter. Two people died in the car accident that night and one man will never walk again. Titus had been courting Mandy Yoder before the incident. Mandy assured Titus that she would wait for him to return home. Mandy waited one year before she started going out with Levi Burkholder. A year later they were married. When Mandy sees Titus, she knows she made the wrong decision. But the Amish marry for life. There is only one way they could be together, but would Titus take another man’s wife? Titus is not sure if he will be able to fit back into the Amish community, but he does not feel at home in the Englisch world either. One thing Titus feels compelled to do is make amends to the King family. They lost their son, Alvin in the car accident. Alvin was Abbie’s twin brother. Life has not been the same for Abbie since Alvin passed away. Both of her parents have succumbed to depression and her father has taken to the bottle. This leaves Abbie doing the housework as well the farm chores. The King family runs a dairy farm. But things have become rundown (Abbie can only do so much). Titus sets out to help the King family and starts doing repairs (despite the objections of Abbie). The two of them start spending time together as Titus helps Abbie with her plans for the farm. It also leads to Titus to start making plans for his future. Feelings develop between Abbie and Titus, but Titus has a secret he has yet to reveal. What choice will Titus ultimately make? Will Titus get his second chance at love? Titus Returns is a sweet and heartwarming story. The novel is well-written, easy to read, and has a good pace. While Titus Returns is part of a series, it can easily be read alone. The book deals with alcoholism, depression, forgiveness, love, trust, betrayal, secrets and second chances. I give Titus Returns 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Titus Returns is a great way to spend an afternoon (great change of pace). I liked the addition of the camels and Titus’ plans for the future (I cannot include everything in the summary). I look forward to the next book by Amy Lillard (Marrying Jonah).
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Titus Lambert has spent five years of his life in the state penitentiary for vehicular manslaughter. Now he must adjust to life on the outside when he returns to his Amish community in Wells Landing. Abbie King’s twin brother was one of the victims in the car accident, and she is unwilling to forgive Titus. When Titus decides to help Abby’s family by doing chores and general up-keep at their farm, she is not at all happy. As they spend time together, Abby begins to realize there is more to Titus than she realized. The struggles Titus goes through are very real. Will he find where he belongs and in the process, find forgiveness from others as well as the ability to forgive himself? Will Abby find the happiness lost when her twin brother died? An honest story of hope, forgiveness, love and inspiration! Author Amy Lillard does research into the Amish and her stories are authentic. A must-read! I received an ARC from the author.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
When Titus returns home after serving 5 years in prison, he wonders is he will even be welcome in his Amish community. So many lives have been changed because of a tragic accident..He was driving the car when two of his friends were killed and another was crippled. What a story of receiving forgiveness when so many have been harmed and believing it could never happen.. I really like how the author gets you right into the minds of her characters and you are thinking.. exactly.. how else could they feel? Another great addition to the series!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This book is SO wonderful! Even though it is part of a series, readers will be able to pick up Titus Returns and read it as a stand alone novel if so desired. However, if you are a fan of Amish fiction, I highly recommend the entire Wells Landing series. Each book is just so good!!! One of the things I enjoyed about Titus Returns was the way the author created characters whose failings seemed so very real. The main characters, Titus and Abbie, both had issues and situations that came about because of the trauma from the past. These things were not easily dealt with and not easily forgiven. The repurcussions from the past seemed to creep into everyday life in the way both Titus and Abbie viewed things, the way family members continued to deal with loss, and they even impacted the possiblity of a future together for these two hurting people. The author dealt with some very serious topics in this novel and wove those topics into a captivating story. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish! It is definitely high on my list of Amish fiction favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Titus Returns #5 Wells Landing Series by Amy Lillard Titus Lambert has returned to Wells Landing after being away for five years—in prison. Will his family and Amish community welcome him home? Can he forgive himself and find his way back to God? My favorite character in Titus Returns is Abbie King. After five years her heart still grieves the death of her brother, there is no doubt of her feelings toward Titus—she makes them well known. However, over time her heart changes as does Titus'...they just may find a way to be at least friends...possibly more? I enjoyed the camels in the story, they bring a bit of humor, relieving some of the difficult challenges facing Titus. Titus Returns is a story filled with emotions that are heart-gripping and gently touches upon some sensitive areas—PTSD, depression and alcoholism—as well as romance, heartbreak, trust, second chances, love and faith. ~I received an ARC copy of the book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Titus Returns (Wells Landing - #5 ) By Amy Lillard Titus Returns is book five in Wells Landing series by Amy Lillard. I really enjoyed this series, the story and the characters both were well written and developed . Titus Returns is a good clean story with romance , mystery, alcoholism, PTSD, love and forgiveness. Titus is returning home after he has paid five years in the State Prison for manslaughter. He worries if he will be welcomed back home in Wells Landing, Oklahoma Amish Community. Two of his best friends were killed and one injured the night of the accident. He cannot forgive himself and thinks he does not belong in either the Amish or the English world. Will his girlfriend be waiting on him ? What about Abbie whom brother was killed , will he ever be able to be friends with her again? I would try and real faster so I could turn the pages faster to see what was going to happen next. Will Titus get his second chance? I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I Had to give a positive review. All options are my own.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
When Titus returns home after 5 years in prison, he is unsure if staying in this familiar town is the right thing for him to do. Adjusting to life after prison, and knowing the true story of what put him in that prison, is part of what Titus has to learn to live with every day. Will his past relationships with family and friends be tested or will he be accepted as he returns home? This is a story filled with emotions, as the author touches the heart of the reader with sadness, despair, PTSD, and also, forgiveness, trust, love and faith. I enjoyed this story very much. I was given a copy of this book by the author and this is my personal opinion of the story.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
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. Praise for Amy Lillard An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis. My Review: Well, one thing is for sure life is never dull in Wells Landing. It has some many nooks and crannies to capture your attention and focus that you will never be bored. Here we are again drawn into Mrs. Amy Lillard's very touching series entitled, the Wells Landing series. In Oklahoma, there is much work to be done. At every turn you will find ranchers, farmers, and even bankers. But what I love the most is the Amish folk. And don't ever think for a minute that they have a dull life based on the fact that their lives seem so utterly simple--because that is simply not true. And Amy Lillard can prove it. Poor Titus! I felt such pity for this character. He had to serve time for a car wreck that took the life of someone in his community and after his time was served he decides to face his demons so to speak and it seemed hard for everyone involved. Titus is trying to do whats right by everyone and fix past pain and soon finds himself with feelings he isn't sure how to deal with. Titus is learning that we all get a fresh, clean start and I think it is overwhelming to say the least. His heart for all intents and purposes has belonged to Mandy Yoder all these years but then the promise of someone and something new creeps up and now he must choose. Amy writes a feast for us to behold this holiday season. Titus Returns is a great coming home sort of novel. It is a quick read that I finished in one day and it will leave you longing for the next book in the series. Great read all the way around! **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
Walking toward home, Titus has butterflies in his stomach. What will his parents say? How will the community react after his five year absence? True to life feelings from a character whose life choices resulted in changing many lives. I love how Amy Lillard shows us the inside turmoil and the outside turmoil that can occur in people when one decision affects so many. Titus decided to drive a car which resulted in 2 friends being killed and another left in a wheelchair. After serving his five year sentence, Titus returns to his Amish community not quite knowing how he will be received. The Amish traditionally are known to forgive and move forward. However, through this story, we see that that may not always be the case for some. I love how we see Titus struggle with forgiveness not just from the community but for himself. He cannot seem to find forgiveness for himself. Will he be able to function in the community again? Abbie King lost her best friend in the accident. Her twin was one of the passengers killed in the crash. Having just returned herself to the community, she is finding it hard to adjust. Her parents are failing health wise. The dairy farm is in disrepair. But her biggest fear: Titus is coming home. He is the reason for all of her troubles. When he asks to help, will she be able to accept his help and his friendship? This story of second chances really show how it can be very hard to forgive, forget, and move on not only for those around you but for yourself as well. Ms. Lillard does an outstanding job. I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC from the author. I was not required to give a review. However, with the caliber of this story, who couldn't.