Dec 20, 2017

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Book description:

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?

My thoughts:

Beverly Lewis is one of my favourite authors, and The Proving was an absolute delight to read.  I was immediately immersed in the story of Mandy and her estranged family. The quaint bed and breakfast is somewhere I wish I could visit, and I would most likely stay for a long, long time.

There were secrets in the family, and only after the trial year passed was Mandy finally aware of what transpired without her knowledge. Mandy was challenged to examine her personal beliefs, her family traditions, and her place in the Amish community.

This book is great Amish fiction with a large dose of reality and a little bit of sweet romance.  Check it out, you won't regret it.

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

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