The author of Titus Returns delivers a “wistful inspirational romance . . . Lillard is skilled at creating memorable characters with enduring faith” (Publishers Weekly).
Life isn’t always as simple as it seems for the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Neither is love . . .
Everyone in town knows that Sarah Yoder is enamored with Jonah Miller, even though he’s been with his girlfriend, Lorie, for years. But all that changes when Lorie runs off with another man. Inconsolable, his faith in love shattered, Jonah resists everyone’s attempts to ease his pain—until the unexpected happens one night.
Jonah is filled with confusion. Sarah is not the woman he yearns for, yet he asks for her hand in marriage, if only out of honor. Still, he worries, can they live in harmony if their vows are built on a lie? As Sarah seeks spiritual advice, Jonah tries to look toward the future—and finally begins to see her for who she really is: A beautiful, strong-willed woman whose heart is pure and belief is true. But will it be too late for him to prove that he wants to be her husband?
Praise for the Wells Landing Romances
“[A] sweetly inspirational contemporary love story . . . Rich with the trappings of Amish culture and tradition, the novel informs as well as entertains.”—Publishers Weekly
“An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust . . . will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis.”—Library Journal
“Amy Lillard writes her Amish stories with the respect they are due.”—RT Book Reviews
In this wistful inspirational romance, Lillard returns to Wells Landing, Okla. (last seen in Titus Returns), an Amish community where everyone knows your name and, unfortunately, the details of your adolescent crush. Sarah Yoder has two goals: become a competent teacher at the village school and accept that Jonah Miller will never look her way. However, after Sarah spends an unplanned evening comforting Jonah over the departure of the woman he'd hoped to marry, she becomes pregnant, and the disapproval of the congregation forces the two to get married. The genuine faith of the young couple initially draws them closer together, but grief and obstinacy prevent Sarah and Jonah from recognizing that a relationship takes hard work until it is almost too late to save their marriage. Neither protagonist is very sympathetic, but their struggle to communicate is well depicted and shows the downsides of life in a small, gossipy neighborhood. Lillard is skilled at creating memorable characters with enduring faith, and readers will look forward to the next installment in her series.