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September 14, 2017

THE PROVING by Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis

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Beverly Lewis

Having left the Amish life for the English world, Amanda Dienner is shocked whens 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.   AMAZON BUY LINK

BEVERLY LEWIS -  I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.

When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

Book One of my present series: The Fiddler, is available now. 

 MY THOUGHTS:    I myself love Amish books.  I find a peacefulness in them. They are good clean reads.  Beverly Lewis is a wonderful writer of these books. You get looks into the Amish lifestyle.  Everyone thinks their lives are so simple, no problems but you get a different sense from Ms. Lewis books.  True the Amish live a simpler lifestyle but they have their share of trouble but they have their faith that most firmly believe in to see them through. They don't use as many modern conveniences as we do.  No TV, very limited internet, no video gaming, movies and other things we take for granted.  Ms. Lewis shows the simpler side that most Amish find lovely and full of life.  Ms. Lewis' books show how God, faith and prayer have much to offer, the reader, if you just pause and think.  You may even find a peacefulness enter your heart and soul. 
 You will get a vivid visualization of the Amish, not just the characters but the scenery too.  As you turn the pages, you feel the peace enter you. You might even think how you would love for that type of lifestyle, away from the tension, stress, worries and rush of everyday life.  The setting of this book is an Inn where you got the mingling and interactions between Englisch and Amish.   You can picture the simple, quaint atmosphere in the Inn.  Wouldn't you love to be there sipping some tea and eating a whoopy pie?  You may find yourself disagreeing with decisions that are made in the book but as you read on, you see why.
Follow Amanda as she runs the Inn.  Mandy isn't just an Inn owner. She takes the people who come into her Inn under her wing and tries to help them with their problems.  Can Mandy do this successfully for a year and be close to her twin, who just happened to marry the man Mandy had loved?  If she does succeed, will she stay or will she sell the Inn and move on?   Will Mandy find it in her heart to put away the thoughts that her sister had wronged her? Is there hope for a romance with a widower and single father?   Ms. Lewis gives the characters that faith, that belief to carry on and put it all in God's hands.  Maybe we should all take a lesson from this book.  Ms. Lewis shows that lives, whether Amish or Englisch are never perfect but with faith and prayer they can be easier.
So enter Mandy's life as hostess of the Inn and see how her faith will carry her through the hard times.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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