1. The Proving
    The Proving
    Beverly Lewis
    Bethany House / 2017 / Hardcover
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Learning to let go of the past
    January 27, 2018
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for The Proving.
    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.
  2. 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
    This review was written for The Proving.
    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.
  3. 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
    This review was written for The Proving.
    "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.

  4. Port Byron, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    It wasn't riveting, but a good read
    November 24, 2017
    Karen in CNY
    Port Byron, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Proving.
    It was realistic. Mandy was pretty stubborn and strong-willed, but came through in the end.
  5. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Proving
    November 14, 2017
    Victoria
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Proving.
    I'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."
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