Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Book Review: The Proving

From The Back:

"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 Reflections:
The proving is exactly what you would expect from a Beverly Lewis novel. Well written, engaging and easy, light reading. The characters possessed depth and personality in only a style that Lewis is famous for. 

I saw a new element in this novel, Lewis used an Inn as the setting, something she has not done in the past, perhaps this is a new trend as I am seeing it more and more in Amish books and movies. It worked very well in this story, and it highlighted the interactions between Englishers and the Amish.  

This book starts backwards, our main character Amanda Dienner has left Amish Country but the story centers upon her return and the reintegration to the ways of the plain people.
Amanda (Mandy) receives a letter from her elder brother informing her of her mother Saloma's passing. She learns that Butterfly Meadows B and B has been left to her, but there are strict stipulations, can she really pull this off?

Some of the parts of this novel made me want to scream for the decisions being made, but knowing Beverly Lewis well I knew the Happily ever after was around the corner. I am a happily ever after kinda girl so I ignored my ire and plugged through those parts, enjoying the witty plot and dramatic themes interwoven with truth, and grace. 

If you are looking for a novel that takes you to a place where time slows down and life is anything but simple, this just might be the book for you!

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

Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis (www.beverlylewis.com), 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...
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