The Proving
The Proving  -     By: Beverly Lewis
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219669
ISBN-13: 9780764219665

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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?

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful, as always
    October 18, 2017
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Because of the Bethany House blogger book review program, I've had the opportunity now to read several of Beverly Lewis' books. I've enjoyed them all so far, and The Proving is no exception. Lewis does a wonderful job with her character development, vivid descriptions, and enticing plotlines. I do wish it was easier to tell how (or if) this book fit into the larger story some of her other works follow, but it isn't any less enjoyable because of that possibly missing piece.
  2. LeAnne
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful!
    October 17, 2017
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is one of my top favorites in my growing Beverly Lewis collection! The setting was wonderfully done, and felt very real. I loved how the story took place at a beautiful Amish bed-and-breakfast! And it was easy for me to connect with Amanda. She went through some hard things, and was betrayed in a terrible way. But unless she can move forward and find a way to forgive she may not survive running the business for a whole year!





    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
  3. Willo
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Proving
    October 12, 2017
    Willo
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book review, The Proving

    If you read Amish fiction you know Beverly Lewis. The Shunning is one of her earliest books. The Proving is her latest novel and it does not disappoint. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing) in exchange for reviewing this book.

    It may help to say Ive previewed a lot of Amish fiction. We previously had a Christian book shop (no longer do), but have seen a lot of it. Beverly Lewis is one of the best. For sure and for certain, The Proving is a good read.

    After learning her mother has passed away, Mandy Dienner is called to return to Lancaster County. She is designated to manage the Amish familys Bed and Breakfast. Her siblings and community are understandably reluctant to help her. She just might be in over her head. This author has a way of simmering humor, reality and wisdom into a lovely meal. I especially liked the way the characters encouraged each other. A longtime guest said: Your mother taught me many thingsOne that I try to rememberis that Gods ways are beyond my understanding.Sometimes I forget I dont need all the answers.
  4. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Proving
    October 10, 2017
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  5. Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well Written Storyline
    October 10, 2017
    Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Amanda Dienner's mother dies unexpectedly, she returns home to run the family Bed & Breakfast. But after a falling out with her sister, a broken heart, and a 5 year absence from the community, Amanda must keep the business profitable for a full year before it's legally hers. And not everyone is excited to have her back.

    Trina Sutton signed up for a mystery trip, expecting a tropical location. Instead, she finds herself right in the middle of Amish Country. And angry. This is not at all what she had in mind. But these two need each other and become an unexpected duo keeping the B&B alive.

    Beverly Lewis delivers another page turner. The relationship between the two main characters provides for some funny misunderstandings and a good contrast for each other. The family dynamics described between Mandy and her twin is relatable, and at times tension filled. There were moments when I just wanted to shake both sisters and make them talk to each other. All in all it was a well written tale and kept me interested from beginning to end.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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