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?
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.
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