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Amanda Dienner left her Amish community when she was eighteen. Five years later, after her mother passes away, she inherits the family’s Amish Bed and Breakfast in Gordonville, Lancaster County. The catch is she must prove that she can successfully run the farmhouse inn for one full year. Determined to prove that she is capable to complete the task, even if the clients are expecting an Amish hostess. She hopes the year in the country does not turn out into a mistake.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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?
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Thankful for GraceDecember 26, 2017GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After 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.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5the proving reviewDecember 14, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"The Proving" is the newest stand-alone novel by Beverly Lewis. Amanda Dienner is a raised-Amish woman who has left the Amish community due to a betrayal by her sister. Amanda becomes almost completely estranged from her family. After living 5 years in Kansas as an Englisher, she learns her mother has died and left her the B&B that was run by her family. Though confused by the reasoning, Amanda takes over the B&B for the next 12 months.
The novel is of course, a wonderfully well written book, since it is by the queen of Amish Fiction. Amanda is incredibly stubborn and driven. The reader will be either cheering her on or wanting to smack her upside the head! She is a trying woman and Lewis will quickly involve the reader emotionally into the book. I like the direction of this book.
Karen in CNYPort Byron, NYAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5It wasn't riveting, but a good readNovember 24, 2017Karen in CNYPort Byron, NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It was realistic. Mandy was pretty stubborn and strong-willed, but came through in the end.
VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The ProvingNovember 14, 2017VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I'm always a little confused after reading a Beverly Lewis novel and this one is no exception. Although Lewis, undeniably, has talent as a writer crafting beautiful landscapes tapping into simpler lives and the Amish way, I find many of her story lines predictable to the point that pacing feels unbalanced and the characters seem underutilized.
Case in point, Trina and Arie Mae had the potential for wonderful counterbalances to Mandy's wrestling with both past, present, and future. Given the backstory I was eager to see how the sister's relationship would play out amid the larger family and community. However, Lewis rarely brought in the family as more than plot opportunities and sisters interactions didn't seem to have the emotional impact their history would imply.
The Proving had many characters that just seemed underutilized and therefore less than satisfying, perhaps due to my unfamiliarity with aspects of Amish culture? However, even that felt like a bit of a missed opportunity as Trina's obvious lack of familiarity with the Amish could have served as an easy inroad for reader instruction and was rarely seen either.
For fans of Lewis The Proving should prove to be a pleasant enough read, for those unfamiliar with the genre, there are too many unexplained nuances and missed developments for this to be a satisfying introduction into the genre.
3 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Mockingbird4 Stars Out Of 5A Heartwarming StoryOctober 28, 2017MockingbirdQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I can always count on Beverly Lewis books to provide a heartwarming story. Though I prefer Lewis' series to her standalones, I've found that even her standalone novels - which can appear simple at times - even predictable - always give a carefully-wrought message interwoven seamlessly into the storyline.
And her newest novel, the standalone The Proving was no different in this regard. Mandy's mishaps as she tries to run a B & B singlehandedly at times - all in an effort to spite her sister and prove that she is capable of succeeding independently - were funny enough at times to make me chuckle and smile, and her justifiable hurt feelings over the wrong done to her was depicted so well that I as a reader could definitely sympathize with her anger and grudge.
What I really loved was the way that the author took a situation that was unfixable - literally, there was nothing, aside from the death of one of the parties that could undo the wrong that had been done - and showed that God can make something very good from great wrong - can redeem it, in fact, and shower it with His blessings - as long as we forgive.
While this wasn't my favorite Beverly Lewis novel - her Abram's Daughters series takes that prize - The Proving is still well-worth reading for Amish fiction fans and for anyone who loves a well-told, heartwarming tale.