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The Proving

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,840 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Having left the Amish life for the English world, Amanda Dienner is shocked when she learns that her mother has passed and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. The catch is she has to run it herself for one year, acting as hostess. Amanda accepts the terms, but coming home to people she left behind won't be easy. ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 446 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
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Oh my goodness, what a precious story! I have yet to read a Beverly Lewis book that I did not enjoy, and The Proving was no exception.

From the first pages, Mandy's story intrigued me. My mind filled with questions as to what had transpired between her and her twin sister, Arie (who was super sweet!), and why. Picking up hints along the way was pretty fun. :)

Catrina entered the story near the beginning of the book, and I was confused for awhile as to her purpose. Her sad backstory made me feel f
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 mea
Amy Clipston
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of faith, family, forgiveness, and new beginnings. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy the authentic details of this fantastic story.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would love to get away and stay at the Butterfly Meadows B and B for a few weeks. Enjoy the plain life and slow down some. This was a very good story and I enjoyed all of the characters so much.
Lewis writes Amish fiction like no other Amish fiction writer. Her writing style is all her own and never a dull moment in the stories. I hope that you enjoy the twins story and the happy every after ending.
I do wish that the book had been a little bit longer I would love to know how Mandy and Karl's st
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
This has to be the most mind-numbingly insipid book I've ever read in my whole life. ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Proving by Beverly Lewis takes Amanda Dienner back home to Gordonville, Pennsylvania. Amanda “Mandy” Dienner left home five years ago after discovering her twin sisters, Arie Mae, betrayal. Mandy has been living and working in Scott City, Kansas. One day she receives a certified letter from her older brother, Jerome telling her that her mother, Saloma passed away unexpectedly. Mandy learns that she has been left Butterfly Meadows, the families Amish bed-and-breakfast, to her. Mandy would hav ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Imagine a quaint little Amish B&B surrounded by beautiful butterflies and you have pictured Butterfly Meadows. Amanda Sue, Mandy as her family and friends call her, has been called back to her former Amish life to run the B&B after her mother suffered a stroke and died. The stipulation is that she must run the B&B for twelve months successfully. Mandy finds it hard to be so close to her twin sister and husband, the man Mandy thought she was going to marry. Can Mandy succeed? Will Mandy forgive h ...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Beverly Lewis has given us another page turning read, and heart-warming visit in Lancaster with an Amish family, and their forgiving love for one another.
Yes the main theme of this book is forgiveness, an easy thing to say, but hard to do, and yet a corner stone of faith. We also have a twin that ends up back in her home, and has to face her past, and those she feels wounded her. I found myself quickly lost in this story, and hoping what my mind was wishing would happen, and in most cases it did
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, having an Amish inn was certainly different. Beverly Lewis is having a new obsession where the people are leaving because of certain issues, then come back, resolve them and get baptized. Instead of the other way around, being baptized and then leaving and coming back. Or maybe it's always been this way, I don't know. I think it was good for what it was. ...more
“The Proving” was such a delightful book! I just really enjoyed it. A good part of the story took place in Gordonville, Pennsylvania, at an Amish Bed and Breakfast. I’ve actually been to Gordonville and have stayed in an Amish bed and breakfast, so this book was especially fun. There were even mentions of places that I have been to before, in Lancaster County, so that was fun.
I was expecting this book to be good, since I really like Beverly Lewis’ books, and it did not disappoint! The story was
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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 t
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Lewis. There's an old-fashioned flare to her storytelling and reading one of her books always makes me feel like I'm sitting in a cozy kitchen listening to a story being told by an elderly Amish woman as she looks back on her life and imparts wisdom to her young listeners.

In The Proving (great title tie-in) Lewis explores the complicated dynamics of estranged sisters. Forgiveness is at the heart of this story -- and the freedom letting go of past hurts can bring. Mandy's on a year long j
Penny Wood
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the!! Nuff said.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was torturous to read. Nothing happened, nothing was resolved, the romance sucked ass, and the writing was god awful to read. I wish I just reread the choice.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Forgiveness is not about forgetting the past, it is about moving forward.

Amanda Dienner five years ago abruptly left her Amish home in Lancaster County. Leaving her twin sister and her widowed mother to run a Bed and Breakfast that the family acquired after the death of her father. Amanda is living in Kansas, working with a young couple as a florist. When hard times forces the couple to let Amanda go, she must find work or move to where she can make a living. Within weeks of still searching for
Tiffany Marin
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order Amish family in five years. Having lived as Anna English er that entire time, she's understandably surprised to receive word that not only has her mother passed away, but she's left her Lancaster County's most popular bed and breakfast. Mandy is definitely shocked. Her twin, who has been helping to run the inn seems a far more obvious choice. But, for Mandy to take ownership, there is a stipulation, she must run the inn for a year and keep it profitable. ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, romance, christian
Amanda left her Amish community five years ago, upset when she catches her twin sister embracing the boy Amanda always dreamed of marrying. But now, she is headed back to her homestead, with some misgivings. Her mother has died and left Amanda her Bed-and-Breakfast inn but with the stipulation that to inherit it, she must run it for a year and make profit. But Amanda is not welcomed back as the prodigal daughter returning. She, as well as the Amish community, must come to an understanding of wha ...more
I sit down to write this review, after staying up half the night because I NEEDED to finish it, and am at a loss for words. Yes, need in all caps is the right word to use there. Why need? Because I said so? Grabbing a couple of chapters in the car before work, a chapter on lunch here and there, a couple of chapters before passing out in bed with burn-y eyes (is so a word!) wasn’t helping me to find out how Mandy and Arie’s relationship originally broke and what, if anything would actually repair ...more
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a well-read fan of Beverly Lewis then you walk into her novels knowing what to expect. Of course it’ll be centered on the Amish way of life, there will be some kind of heartbreak that needs resolving through Christian principles, there will be bold statements about God and/or prayers and if you can find the silence to listen you might learn something.

Lewis uses her talent for descriptive and metaphorical language to create vivid images so you can actually feel like you’ve been to Amish
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
I was absolutely excited to review this book! I was definitely not disappointed. Beverly Lewis is one of my all time favorite Amish authors of all time, and I loved this book just as much as I've loved her other books. In her trademark fashion, Ms. Lewis delivers a book that will make you smile, make you angry, make you glad that you have taken the time to become friends with the beautifully chiseled characters, and feel the love of God moving amongst them.

I loved Mandy's character! She stole m
Alicia Ruggieri
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I 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 carefuly-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 pro
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-asap
Proved To Be Impossible to Finish

Whose proving was this? Mandy's or mine? When I saw this Amish Romance was getting rave reviews on goodreads, I thought it would at least be a pleasant or thoughtful read. Instead what I got was a slow, plodding and predictable story about a former Amish girl forced to return home so she can resolve some petty cheerleader drama with her sister.

The story does keep you reading by setting up a singular mystery (what happened between her and her sister?) But you qui
Laura Bowman
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Beverly Lewis win in The Proving. Beverly never fails or provide us with a compelling story with accuracy and compassion.
Amanda Dienner left the Amish after she saw her sister, Arie Mae, kissing her beau, Joshua, and her mother sided with Arie Mae. She'd never intended to leave, but after five years she's adapted and doesn't feel like she can return.
Her mother dies and leaves her Bed and Breakfast to Amanda with stipulations. She accepts the challenge, plans on working the inn for the r
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to Beverly' s books and again she didn't disappoint!!
I really love her books because they bring me peace and leaves me thinking long after the book is done.
I also love reading about the Amish lifestyle and knowing that they're human just like us. But, yet they're not like us. They are in the world but not of it like we are.
I liked how Mandy had to learn her lesson the hard way. I am like that too.
Sometimes the Lord sends people thro our lives good or bad depending on how
Andrea Cox
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about the Beverly Lewis books I’ve been reading lately is how the Amish and Englisch have worked together or helped each other. This particular book showed that well too, and that aspect made it an especial joy to read.

The cover of this book is beautiful. I love the items on the tray! They go really well together, and the model’s facial expression is perfect for the story.

The idea of inheriting a bed and breakfast is amazing. I wish! (That dream ranks up there with
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Proving is the newest release Beverly Lewis. I absolutely loved it. I would have to say it is probably my favorite written by her. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially, Trina. She had grown so much throughout the story. I, also, found myself wondering how one goes about staying in an Amish bed and breakfast. I would love to stay at Butterfly Meadows, as long as, Mandy is not cooking!

The Proving is a sweet and heartwarming story of learning to let go and forgive. Great read!

5 plus star
Vicky Sluiter
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This newest book by author Beverly Lewis is a stand-alone and if you enjoy Amish fiction it’s a must read! This book won’t disappoint you. Very descriptive, you’ll want to visit the B&B, because it simply feels like a real place.

Obviously, since Amanda has returned to her Old Order family as an Englisher, there is a lot of tension in this story. Just when you think something may be resolved, another twist is thrown in. It really does keep the pages turning!

Through the story is the overriding the
Sarah Coller
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one ok but thought it would be better without the introduction of Trina's story---or at least a differently written one. It was introduced choppily and her rudeness was a little over the top. The banter between them seemed unrealistic, as did Mandy's response to it---especially since Trina is no more blunt than many of Lewis' other Amish characters. ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading Beverly Lewis for years; in fact, my grandmother and I shared her books with each other before donating them to our church library.

The Proving is a wonderful story. Kind of reminds me of one of Steven Curtis Chapman’s early hits that referred to “finding ones place in this world”.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Amish books and this was a wonderful one. Mandy had been living away from home on her own for five years when she receives a letter telling her that her mother has died. After talking to her brother she finds out that her mother left the Bed and Breakfast Inn to Mandy for a one year trial period. If it is successful, then it will be hers. Mandy has a twin sister and Arie married Mandy's boyfriend which is the main reason Mandy left years ago. Managing the inn is almost too much for Mandy, ...more
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best

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