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?
“I am so sad to see this series of books end! Such a wonderful trio of ladies Adina Senft has written. If you have followed the ladies through books one and two, you know The Tempted Soul is all about Carrie Weaver. I do declare that Adina has saved the best story for last. I loved this book! Saying that it is a heartfelt story just doesn’t seem like it does the book justice. This is a beautifully written book about a woman’s deep desire to have children but not being able to conceive. Carrie’s longing to have a child actually hurt my heart and I cried right along with this desperate woman each time she got her hopes up only to see them get pushed aside like yesterday’s newspaper. Oh, how I wanted to jump into the pages of this book and start giving really big bear hugs! The Tempted Soul wraps up the stories of three remarkable women all different but connected by a friendship that will last a lifetime. Also, by the end of the book you may just want to look into buying some chickens!” Destination Amish
“Boy, did this book hit home for me! Having struggled with infertility while trying to get pregnant with my older two, I could feel Carrie Miller’s desperation, as she struggled with her limited options to achieve a pregnancy. I almost cried as she struggled to accept the pregnancies of the women around her. … The almost 300 pages go quickly, as the reader gets caught up in the lives of people in the the small Amish community. … The Tempted Soul is a good read for anyone who likes Amish Fiction. If you haven’t read the first two books in the Amish Quilt Series, don’t worry. This book stands well on its own.” Freelance Homeschool Mom blog