The Proving

The Proving

by Beverly Lewis
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The Proving by Beverly Lewis

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
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,105
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 (www.beverlylewis.com), 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.

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The Proving 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 17 hours 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 3 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 8 days 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 8 days 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 9 days 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.