The Proving

The Proving

by Beverly Lewis

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Overview

Amish Fiction's #1 Author Presents a Touching Story of Perseverance and Second Chances

Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.

Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!

The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters.

Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493411856
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 43,829
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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The Proving 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
heartsLB More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the book. Easy to picture yourself at the B&B
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
The Proving follows the story of Mandy, who learns that she was left an Amish B&B after her mother's death, and more secondarily, Trina, an Englisher home caregiver. This book was different from a lot of "standard" Amish fiction, and that was really nice! There was also very minimal (and cute) romance, which I really enjoyed. I liked how the Amish and the Englishers interacted in this book, a different perspective from what's usually written, especially where Trina's point-of-view was given: at first, their stories didn't seem connected at all, but in the end, it became apparent. Overall, I felt like the story flowed really slowly: the key sections felt rushed, but aside from that, the rest of the book felt draggy. Sometimes the tension within the family felt like it was too much--it was hard to relax while reading it, and not necessarily in a good way? The ending also felt a little deux-de-machina-y (everyone forgives each other and everything works out happily!!!), but it was sweet how everything ended up well. My Ranking- 6/10 Things Liked- very minimal romance interesting storyline (with Trina) the little twist (if one can call it that) at the end the B&B! it sounds amazing! Trina's character mixing of the Englisher culture and the Amish culture Things Disliked- felt slow tension between the family was a little too much deux de machina y characters didn't feel very fleshed out: even the main characters Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a free print copy of this book in exchange for a honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/book-review-the-proving-by-beverly-lewis/
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
After a long time away, Mandy returns to her Amish home, a bed and breakfast that she once helped her mother and her twin sister run. Now it will belong to her if she operates it profitably for one year. Her mother passed away unexpectedly and this was the stipulation in her will. What a tremendous responsibility for a young woman who grew up Amish but left home and does not want to return to Plain living. Can she run the B and B successfully? Will the Amish accept her back into the community? How can she make a go of it if they refuse to accept her? What about the guests, many who have been coming there for years for the authentic Amish experience? And how does an Englisher from Minnesota fit into the story? I might add that she is a very outspoken young English lady who ends up at The Butterfly Meadows Amish Bed-and-Breakfast against her will. Trina and Mandy are both fighting internal battles that they have yet to even realize they are fighting. Where does God fit into the picture? I enjoyed this story as the author develops the characters and allows the reader to see the hand of God at work in the lives of both the Amish and the Englishers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It was very heartwarmimg!
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I sit down to write this review, after staying up half the night because I NEEDED to finish it, and am at a loss for words. Yes, need in all caps is the right word to use there. Why need? Because I said so? Grabbing a couple of chapters in the car before work, a chapter on lunch here and there, a couple of chapters before passing out in bed with burn-y eyes (is so a word!) wasn’t helping me to find out how Mandy and Arie’s relationship originally broke and what, if anything would actually repair it. Those few chapters here and there weren’t helping me figure out why Mamma willed the B&B to Mandy to begin with or how she was going to navigate the stipulations of inheriting the Inn. I needed to know if her family, her community, even her guests ever came to embrace her as a whole. I needed to know so many many things that a few chapters here and there wasn’t cutting it. So, instead of ‘sleeping all the hours’ I’d proclaimed I would do with my extended weekend I read most of them. And the reading? Worth so much more than the sleep. However I will vehemently deny I EVER said that! Having finished ‘The Proving’ in the wee hours this morning I just have to get this off my chest. It was too easy. Mandy’s 12 months were too easy. They were hard, I get that, but they were too easy. I get there was a lot, I mean a LOT, of hardship as she navigated her way from her English world to her roots in the Amish world. Just the emotional toll of facing what she had left behind in a rush of deep hurts. And then being abandoned again by people who were in place to help her, well all but the outside help. They kept coming, without any interaction from her, without any acknowledgement from her, which I think made things too easy. Keeping the acquiescing yard and barn help ultimately lightened the burden of the experience. Navigating the edges of her torn family relationships, which had to be wrapped in a layers of uncertainty and doubt, was too easy. It wasn’t easy but there was a depth of emotion that I felt was missing with Mandy. Her hesitancy and uncertainty were forefront but it just lacked something for me. And for the love of tomatoes, Lewis held onto the reason behind her flight from home until the near end. I was tempted so many times to flip ahead and figure out where this little nugget of knowledge would finally be revealed. Until then I sometimes thought of Mandy as a bit petty and unyielding. Which, of course, layered on the hardship. Let’s talk about Trina while we are at it. That girl is a heaping helping of mess piled on with a thick layer of caustic kindness. I get it, that’s almost an oxymoron but it’s true. She’s hateful and condescending one moment and then gentle and helpful the next. The girl made my head spin! I feel like she took her friendship and opportunities that she had with Mandy for granted and ultimately slighted her at the end. Mandy didn’t see it that way, I don’t think anyone in the book saw it that way but I totally felt hurt by a choice she made. All that said I don’t dislike this book. I actually loved this book. I loved characters with depth and personality. I loved characters with flaws and emotions. I can’t imagine leaving literally everything I know, including way of life, to embark on a journey halfway across the country with no ties, no world skills, and such a deep hurt of betrayal from the people I loved most. I can’t begin to imagine myself being successful at it either! M
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and setting. Loved the characters.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you. Content Review: Christian or Secular: Christian. Profanity: None Sex&Violence: None Trigger Warnings: None The Proving is a standalone novel written by bestselling author, Beverly Lewis. First and foremost, I loved that this book wasn't a romance. While there are elements of a romance at the end of the book, it was not the focus. This was a breath of fresh air because many books use romance as a crutch to propel the story. It's refreshing to read something different for a change. Not that I'm anti-romance by any means. I just like something different on occasion. Totally not important from a review standpoint but...one of the characters happens to be named Arie. That's my daughter's name so I kind of had to love this book. Okay, I know that's a stupid reason to like a book but the author made it easy for me to fall in love with all of the characters anyway. I think the point where I realized this was a five-star book for me was a situation in which Mandy began to pour her heart out to God. Who would overhear her heartfelt plea than the source of her affliction, Trina. Trina immediately had felt convicted about how she had treated Mandy and from that moment on made a point to be a friend. I love when I can find life applications in a book! It made me wonder if I've been the kind of friend I needed to be to others. Overall, this book was the kind of story that made me fall in love with Beverly Lewis' novels so many years ago. I felt as if I could see the butterflies as they visited Mandy's B&B and could smell all the yummy food being prepared there. While this book is somewhat predictable, I still found it enjoyable. I think predictability isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes you just need a good story of love and forgiveness. This book filled that need for me. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE PROVING is Ms. Lewis's newest book and it is better than most of her recent ones. A unique twist on the Amish Bed and Breakfast theme, with Mandy fighting to keep her mama's inn afloat after firing her sister and losing all her help--except one. The Amish isn't accepting her back at all and refuse to let her find replacement help -- what will a girl do? There are two stories running through the book, the other is about a woman named Trina who is cantankerous and running off at the mouth all the time -- lippy the book says. But she plays a key part in the story. The women were both difficult and had something to prove. I did grow to like them but it was an uphill battle. This is women's fiction and not romance, though there is a hint on one toward the end of the book. It is more the story of two women on the path to finding out who they really are and making amends with those they hurt. The romance with Trina is more defined and spelled out more than even the possibility of one for Mandy. I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Love the butterfly garden. I could see myself setting in the middle of all those butterflies.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Proving is such an amazing,, phenomenal, a freshness to the story that hasn't been seen to me lately - they have been wonderful but this is so fresh and what a wonderful tale. You have a wonderful girl who has been in the English world ( I spelled it out way because she was of our world now not of theirs yet - again) - then she gets a note from her bro that her Mom died and that she left her the B&B on one condition - that she - nope I cant tell you because you have to read it for yourself - and it is a doosy - I don't know if I would do it - believe you me, but then GOD says well I can't tell you what HE says because that would tell you some of what the problem is - whooo weee She goes and takes care of it but again woooooooooo weeeeeee the things that happened - the twists and turns and romance - everything you could want in a story. I just adored this book - full of life and love and dare I say maybe a little bit of laughter. Enjoy all - you deserve it. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
Beverly Lewis has been a long time favorite author of mine, especially with the Amish genre. This book is her latest and one of my favorites.Once again, this story is rich in character and takes you to a different life. The depth of characters, both Amish and English shows how we can all be caught up in challenges. The plot weaves a tale that keeps you guessing as to what the outcome will be. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will definitely love this one. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was required. All opinions are my own. Thank you Bethany House and their blogger program for the opportunity to review this book.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
There are lots of Amish authors these days, and there are several whose books I look forward to reading. One of those is the one who started it all for me -- Beverly Lewis. And her latest story is another I really enjoyed -- The Proving. Although there were elements that were pretty predictable from the beginning, there were plenty of interesting characters and details to keep the story very engaging. The pace of the story was very enjoyable as the different plots lines worked their way out. I would highly recommend this book to fans of great Amish fiction. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of The Proving. I am happy to provide my own thoughts for this review.
BronteCO More than 1 year ago
I read The Proving as part of the Bethany House Bloggers Program in exchange for my honest review. This book did not disappoint. One thing I love about Beverly Lewis is her authentic people. You really delve down into the deep with them. Mandy Dienner has not had it easy. Years before, she left behind her Amish life to live in the outside world. This sudden leaving was brought on by a betrayal, a betrayal and angry words that seemed to leave her with no other choice than to leave. When she comes back, it's for sad reasons, sad reasons and a challenge: Live at and manage her family's Bed & Breakfast for 1 year, and then it will belong to her. This is easier said than done. The Amish community in the area doesn't look kindly on a former-Amish Inn Keeper. They see her as a betrayer, an outsider, and interloper. These Amish neighbors were the very people she was once close too. Now Mandy is at odds with them all. Redemption doesn't come over night. The battles are inward, and they go on for most of the story. The on going struggle is part of what I enjoyed about this story. The solution wasn't instant. Fences weren't just magically mended over night. But isn't that true to life? I was truly happy with the end of the story. It came up gradually. It seemed more realistic than fiction often can be. I hope you truly enjoy this latest installment from Beverly Lewis, I did! It's a nice book for a rainy Fall day, just brew a cup of coffee and start in!
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
This newest book by author Beverly Lewis is a stand-alone and if you enjoy Amish fiction it’s a must read! This book won’t disappoint you. Very descriptive, you’ll want to visit the B&B, because it simply feels like a real place. Obviously, since Amanda has returned to her Old Order family as an Englisher, there is a lot of tension in this story. Just when you think something may be resolved, another twist is thrown in. It really does keep the pages turning! Through the story is the overriding theme of the need to forgive and move ahead in life. Taking time in the Word and prayer is stressed in such a beautiful way that you will be encouraged to make time for these things. As always, I look forward to Mrs. Lewis’ next book! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Beverly Lewis has given us another page turning read, and heart-warming visit in Lancaster with an Amish family, and their forgiving love for one another. Yes the main theme of this book is forgiveness, an easy thing to say, but hard to do, and yet a corner stone of faith. We also have a twin that ends up back in her home, and has to face her past, and those she feels wounded her. I found myself quickly lost in this story, and hoping what my mind was wishing would happen, and in most cases it did. We know when we begin that it is a death that brings Mandy home, but will life and family get her to stay; she sure has to work cut out for her. I would love to go and stay at this B & B, and see the butterflies! I received this book through Bethany House Publisher’s Reviewer Program, and was not requi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE PROVING by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This book doesn’t seem to follow any specific series, but it does include everything you’ve come to love about Beverly Lewis’s Amish fiction. I enjoyed all of the references to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. My family and I vacation there a lot, so I could picture all the sites mentioned in the book. (However, some of the references bothered me, like the cloister. It was haphazardly mentioned as if it was only put in there to be a guidebook about things to do in the area. The references didn’t all feel genuine. Sometimes they jarred me. It felt like I was reading a tourist pamphlet instead of a novel.) I enjoyed that this wasn’t a traditional Amish story. Usually they are about two people falling in love and that’s it. While this did involve love, it wasn’t the focus. The story instead focused on running a bed and breakfast, and mending a family. While I did enjoy reading the book, some parts were slow and I found myself zoning out when Trina was mentioned. Once Trina reaches the inn, I was more invested. This wasn’t my favorite novel by Beverly Lewis, but it is worth reading, especially if you are a fan of Amish fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE PROVING by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This book doesn’t seem to follow any specific series, but it does include everything you’ve come to love about Beverly Lewis’s Amish fiction. I enjoyed all of the references to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. My family and I vacation there a lot, so I could picture all the sites mentioned in the book. (However, some of the references bothered me, like the cloister. It was haphazardly mentioned as if it was only put in there to be a guidebook about things to do in the area. The references didn’t all feel genuine. Sometimes they jarred me. It felt like I was reading a tourist pamphlet instead of a novel.) I enjoyed that this wasn’t a traditional Amish story. Usually they are about two people falling in love and that’s it. While this did involve love, it wasn’t the focus. The story instead focused on running a bed and breakfast, and mending a family. While I did enjoy reading the book, some parts were slow and I found myself zoning out when Trina was mentioned. Once Trina reaches the inn, I was more invested. This wasn’t my favorite novel by Beverly Lewis, but it is worth reading, especially if you are a fan of Amish fiction.
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
Mandy has had a spat with her Amish mother and twin sister, so she leaves her family to head to the city with friends. After 5 years, she is unexpectedly left an inheritance and return to her childhood home. I enjoyed that Lewis wove into the story the story of Mandy's friends as well. It added some interesting parts to the plot. The book was a bit slow moving, but overall a nice story of an Amish born girl trying to decide if she should join the Amish church after a difficult season in her life.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Proving by Beverly Lewis takes Amanda Dienner back home to Gordonville, Pennsylvania. Amanda “Mandy” Dienner left home five years ago after discovering her twin sisters, Arie Mae, betrayal. Mandy has been living and working in Scott City, Kansas. One day she receives a certified letter from her older brother, Jerome telling her that her mother, Saloma passed away unexpectedly. Mandy learns that she has been left Butterfly Meadows, the families Amish bed-and-breakfast, to her. Mandy would have expected the B and B to be left to Arie Mae. The inheritance comes with the condition that Mandy run Butterfly Meadows at a profit for twelve consecutive months. Mandy returns home to take over the inn, but she is not prepared for the community’s and guests feelings about her non-Amish status. Will Mandy be able to handle the close proximity to her sister and her husband? Can Mandy find it in her heart to forgive and move on with her life? The Proving is well-written, engaging, and has a nice easy flow. I liked the main characters and their stories. It was nice to follow their journey and see how they changed/developed. I only summarized Mandy’s portion of the story and her challenges (lack of cooking skills, not being Amish—when guests expect an Amish hostess, resentment). There is Catrina Sutton who signs up for a mystery vacation (hoping for beach destination) and ends up at Butterfly Meadows. Some of themes in The Proving are forgiveness, power of prayer, love, and letting God take the driver’s seat on your life’s journey (He is in control, not you). It is amazing what happens when you pray and believe. My rating for The Proving is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The story is somewhat predictable (romantic outcomes especially), but I enjoyed reading this pleasant Amish book. The Proving is a lovely, heartwarming novel that provides a delightful respite from reality (which we all desperately need at times).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first this book was a bit confusing since it switched narratives without warning. However, I truly enjoyed reading this novel. It's very understandable why Mandy left the Amish life--the boy she was courting and her sister were seeing each other in secret. It's quite astonishing how her mother scolded her for being upset rather than her sister for doing something she shouldn't have done. These things made her leave her home, never wanting to go back. She returns only to run the inn until she could sell it, but she ends up mending her relationship with her sister and deciding to stay and join the Amish community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book as Always !!! Loved it!!!!