1. The Proving
    The Proving
    Beverly Lewis
    Bethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    a sweet and interesting read, but slow
    June 6, 2018
    RockandMinerals4Him
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Proving.
    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/
  2. Orwigsburg,PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Stick With It!
    February 25, 2018
    Maureen Gerhard
    Orwigsburg,PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I really enjoyed the book. The characters were warm and believable and just proves live each day to your best and accept what God sends your way , he always knows what he is doing.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Learning to let go of the past
    January 27, 2018
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Romance is secondary in this story of two young ladies, Amishwoman Mandy Dienner & Englisher Trina Sutton. Both have reservations but are learning to let go of the past. Beverly Lewis has created a story with a serving of second chances. I really like the setting of this book taking place at a Bed & Breakfast. It is interesting seeing the "inns" & outs of running one. Trina is a little confusing to me because her personality seems to switch upon arriving at the B&B. I had trouble getting into this story at first but as it progressed I became more engaged in it. The very best thing in The Proving for me is what Mandy found out that her mother prayed about relating to the B&B. I think it is something we all should be asking God for, whatever our job description. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  4. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thankful for Grace
    December 26, 2017
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    the proving review
    December 14, 2017
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets 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.

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