Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Tempted Soul



Carrie Miller longs for children, but after ten years of marriage, that blessing eludes her. So she fills her days with caring for her home, making artistic gifts and fancy cakes, and caring for her flock of chickens, every one of whom has a name and who under no circumstances will go in the soup pot. Carrie also finds support in the friendship she shares with her two best friends Amelia and Emma, and relishes the weekly afternoons they share working on their quilts.

Carrie and her husband Melvin love each other, and together have survived many lean years. If not for the kindness of their church community, they would have had to miss more than one meal a day. But now, Melvin has found work that finally provides a good living. Carrie hopes that having more to eat will finally allow them to start a family. Yet month after month, they remain childless. So when Carrie overhears two English women talking in the fabric store one day about medical options available to non-Amish women in her situation, she takes it as a sign from God. Melvin and the bishop see it differently, however. Is it really God's will that she pursue this, or is her longing to be a mother tempting her to stray from her Amish beliefs?

My Review:

A soul-satisfiying conclusion to the Amish Quilt series. You don't need to have read the first two to enjoy The Tempted Soul, but readers who have will delight in catching up with Amelia and Emma who play prominent secondary character roles in this novel.

This is an emotional read and I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying the different male and female viewpoints on infertility. There were times I wanted to shake Melvin until his teeth rattled, he was such a dunderhead! I ached for Carrie, felt her pain at the impasse she reaches and felt overwhelmed by the impossibility of her dilemma. How could God turn such anguish into joy?

An incredibly moving testament to faith and friendship and forever love. An truly outstanding read.

Giveway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Tempted Soul, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 26 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


  1. I'd like to read this one. Someone close to me is dealing with infertility. Such a tough and emotional trial.

  2. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. It is tough, Cheryl. I have several friends who have battled the same issue. So much heartbreak -- no easy answers. Good luck!

    Your welcome, Karen. Good luck!

  4. I love Amish books and already have one in this series. Would so love reading them back to back! Thanks so much, Kav!


  5. Faith, friendship and forever love make this a book I really look forward to reading.

  6. Oh, I can relate to this story. We had to use fertility to conceive, spent 3 months in the hospital, our daughter was born 3 months early and weighed 1#9oz and died at 7 months of age. We adopted 4 children through the years and love them dearly. But for a woman it is such a heartache to not be able to fulfill this part of her womanhood!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

  7. Oh Melody -- my heart goes out to you. You would totally 'get' Carrie in this book. God bless and good luck!

    Good luck to you too Diana and rubynreba!

  8. This sounds like a heart-wrenching story. What a dilemma! Thank you for offering an opportunity to win a copy.
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  9. I'd love to see how the author handles this issue with her story! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Thank you for the chance to win this book, would love to add it to my book shelf.


  11. I love Adina Senft! I have read one other book by her and it was very emotional too and handled several moral issues. I really would love to read this book.


  12. Good luck Wendy and Carol!

  13. Thanks Kav. I have been wanting to get this book. I've been watching for it. Please put my name in the drawing. Again, thanks!
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  14. This sounds like a very good read. Would love to win this interesting book!
    Thanks for the interesting post!

  15. This is a new author to me! Thanks for the info. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com