In The Proving, a novel by Beverly Lewis, readers learn that Amanda Dienner left her family and Amish community five years ago because of a betrayal. She is notified that her mother died and that she has inherited her Lancaster County Amish bed-and-breakfast. Stunned and with conflicted feelings, she returns home to learn her inheritance comes with conditions. In addition, she has to face the very reasons she left while living in a house that holds so many memories. She has lived as an Englisher and has become used to modern conveniences that include driving a car. Does she have the skills to be a welcoming Amish hostess? Can she improve her cooking skills? Will the Amish community welcome her return?
The Proving is a beautifully told story that deals with the complexities of family and relationships. It reminds readers of the unbreakable bonds of family. The interesting characters are believable and well drawn. This is an engrossing and heartwarming novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Three centuries separated Adeline and Jessica, but tragedy and an unexpected find brought them together. The Space Between Words, a novel by Michele Phoenix, tells their stories. The book opens in Gatigny, France in 1695 with the writings of Adeline Baillard whose life and that of her family’s was torn apart. She had made a promise to record what had happened to her family. Hundreds of years later, while in Paris with her friends, Jessica was injured during a terrorist attack at a concert venue. Even though she struggled with memories of the horrors she had seen and survivor’s guilt, instead of returning home she continued on with her friend’s original plans to travel to the south of France. While there she comes upon an antique sewing box with Adeline’s papers concealed in it. While in the company of caring and comforting strangers, Jessica and her new friends try to find out what became of Adeline’s family.
This is an emotionally stirring and powerful story. Tragedy casts a shadow and the characters have inner turmoil. Even so, this is a story about resilience and healing. Highly recommended.
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