Another satisfying Amish tale: "The Proving" by Beverly Lewis

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about the book....

"Mandy, you are to inherit the farmhouse, including the business of the inn."

She could scarcely find her voice to respond. "Ach, this must be a mistake," she told him, shaking her head as she talked into the phone, feeling befuddled. "The house . . . and everything related to the inn . . . shouldn't that go to Arie Mae?"

After five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What's more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind--or that the inn's clientele expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this prove a dreadful mistake?

my review....

Starring characters that will quickly come to feel like friends, "The Proving" is another solid satisfying tale from Beverly Lewis. I quite liked the unique perspective she pursues with this Amish-themed novel, as the plot doesn't follow the often used formula of an Amish person falling in love with an Englisher and chaos ensuing as a result. Rather, Amanda has long left the Amish fold due to past painful experiences, before she finds her heart unexpectedly tugged home where she must encounter the family and friends she'd left behind. There is indeed some threads of romance in the book, but it's really not the focus of the story. Indeed, Amanda's relationship with her twin sister really shines to the forefront of the novel and makes for beautiful and touching scenes. Amanda ends up learning some powerful lessons about God and forgiveness through the circumstances she finds herself in, and I thought it was a neat twist that these lessons often came through the unexpected person of Trina, a non-Amish person who comes to stay at the bed-and-breakfast and who ends up stepping into shoes she'd never planned to fill! Amanda and Trina's interactions made for some often entertaining moments indeed. Although some parts of the story progressed faster than others, all in all I quite enjoyed this journey to Lancaster County. By the time the book ended, I felt uplifted in my own spiritual journey, reminded that God's mercies are new every morning.

Those readers looking for heart-warming Amish fiction will find exactly that when they crack open the covers of "The Proving", and I am sure Beverly Lewis' fans will be pleased with this latest offering. I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Beverly Lewis

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.

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