Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Titus Returns: A Wells Landing Romance

I hope everyone has had a lovely Tuesday.  The final days of 2016 are going by swiftly.  Today is the last book release day for the year.  Some of the new books out today are A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes; Iced Under by Barbara Ross; Bell, Book and Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse; Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero; Titus Returns by Amy Lillard; and A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell.  

Titus Returns by Amy Lillard is the fifth book in Wells Landing Romance series.  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).  The ending is expected, but it is still pleasing.  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).  The next book in the series is Marrying Jonah (starring Jonah Miller and Sarah Yoder) out March 28, 2017.

I am off to make pizza for dinner (it is better than most restaurant pizzas) and finish reading Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood (loving it). I will return tomorrow to review Iced Under by Barbara Ross.  May all of you have a lovely evening. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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