Beverly Lewis, the top-selling author of Amish fiction, has written many novels set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, including her new book, The Proving. Beverly was kind enough to answer a few questions about her new book for us!
The Proving is your first novel set in a bed-and-breakfast, and it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic location than the Butterfly Meadows Amish Inn. Are you a frequent guest at B and Bs?
Beverly says, “There’s nothing like a peaceful bed-and-breakfast in an out-of-the-way place—the more rural, the better! Setting a novel in a fictional Lancaster County B and B has long held a great deal of appeal to me.”
Beverly came up with a few real-life recommendations, as well. Next time you’re in Pennsylvania, think about staying the night at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast, Misty Meadows Bed and Breakfast, or the Lincoln Haus Inn Bed and Breakfast!
The heroine of The Proving is twenty-three-year-old Mandy Dienner. What sets her apart?
Beverly says, “Mandy is like no other heroine I’ve created.” As many readers will know, Beverly’s books almost always feature an Amish protagonist. “But,” Beverly continues, “while she was raised Old Order Amish, Mandy has been living as a ‘fancy’ young woman far from Lancaster County farmland when she receives news that her mother has died unexpectedly, leaving the well-known Butterfly Meadows Amish Inn to her, of all people.”
So there’s got to be a catch, right?
“There is! The Butterfly will only truly be hers if she can successfully run it herself for one year. It won’t be easy facing the family and the Old Order community she left behind. For years, Mandy has struggled with her twin sister’s betrayal—the reason for her leaving the Plain community. And it doesn’t help that the clientele will be expecting an Amish hostess!”
Your stories always feature faith themes. What themes are present in The Proving?
“Forgiveness and reconciliation have been a thread throughout many of my books, and this one is no exception. The need to move beyond a difficult past to find healing and hope is a theme that resonates with so many readers at the heart level. Another strong theme in this book is the need for courage. Both Mandy and my secondary protagonist, Englisher Trina Sutton, find themselves in a place where they need to step outside of their comfort zones. When it comes down to it, it’s their willingness to do so that sets the story in motion!
You actually have another book out this month: The Beverly Lewis Amish Coloring Book. Exciting times! Tell us a bit about that.
“When I received my advance copy of The Beverly Lewis Amish Coloring Book, I was truly delighted. It’s standing face-out on my bookshelf here in my home office, tantalizing me—‘Color me,’ it calls to me. I have no doubt that my devoted readers are going to love this wonderful option for leisure time, and for diminishing stress.”
What would you write if there were no barriers to prevent it?
“Precisely what I believe God is nudging me to . . . in short, the type of books I’m currently writing. I’m quite passionate about what I do—creating characters who ‘live and breathe’ in my readers’ hearts and minds, and in mine, as well. I write out of a tender heart toward the Lord, and as long as He gives me something to say, I will answer the call.”
Don’t forget to pick up your copies of The Proving and The Beverly Lewis Amish Coloring Book—in stores now!
More about The Proving
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?
Beverly Lewis, 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 York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family.