The Tempted Soul

March 6, 2013

Book 3 in Adina Senft’s Amish Quilt Trilogy

The Tempted Soul, Adina Senft

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?

The Tempted Soul, Adina Senft [link]
Published by FaithWords: March 6, 2013


The Hidden Life, an Amish Quilt novel

June 26, 2012

a new Amish romance by Adina Senft

The Hidden Life, Adina Senft

Emma Stolzfus has never been courted or kissed, and now that she’s 30, it has become her place as the unmarried daughter to look after her elderly mother. But in the dark hours when her mother is asleep, Emma writes letters and essays to Amish periodicals, short stories, and even a novel she’s been working on for the last five years.

When a New York literary agent, Tyler West, takes an interest in her work, Emma secretly goes to meet him. When she returns, something about her is different-and the men of her Amish community take notice. But how can she settle for second best when her heart made its choice years ago-to a man she can never have? Only her friends, Amelia and Carrie, know the truth in her heart as they work together on their quilt … and only they understand when an old tragedy comes to light that will either hurt or heal … and reveal Emma’s hidden life.

The Hidden Life, Adina Senft [link]
Published by FaithWords: June 26, 2012

This is the second novel in the Amish Quilt series. The first is The Wounded Heart Also, check out the quilted potholders our editor Christina made from Adina’s instructions.

The Wounded Heart, Adina Senft

September 27, 2011

Book 1 in the Amish Quilt Trilogy

When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart.

A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband’s business, but it’s not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she’s only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli’s interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s difficult not to question God’s will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can’t promise him a future?

The Wounded Heart, Adina Senft (link)
Published by FaithWords, September 27, 2011

Amish Pot Holders from THE WOUNDED HEART

September 25, 2011

Editor Christina Boys Gets Crafty

Christina's finished potholders

Christina's finished potholders

One of the things I love about being an editor is the variety. I never know what skill or information will suddenly be called upon in my work. Growing up, my mother always excelled at all things creative, and could sew just about anything. My sewing skills didn’t get beyond reattaching a button until one weekend I asked her to teach me how to make a quilt, which she graciously did. I never thought I’d ever need to know the basics of quilting to edit a novel, until I started working with Adina Senft on her Amish Quilt Novels trilogy. Each book in the series focuses on one of three Amish women who are close friends. Every week throughout the series, the women get together to work on a quilt. As the author and I brainstormed over lunch, we decided to include instructions so readers could make the quilt along with the characters. This meant a lot more work for Adina than for me (far more than I realized, which you can read about on her blog). However, as I edited the first novel in the series, THE WOUNDED HEART, I was very grateful to my mother, without whom I wouldn’t have known my backing from my batting, or what a fat quarter was.

I’ll admit my quilting skills are still fairly basic, and most of my quilts are basic patterns with stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. But I decided to tackle the block pattern in THE WOUNDED HEART by making some pot holders. When I went to Jo Ann Fabrics I had all sorts of ideas of color combinations and themes (Blue and yellow florals to match my kitchen! Contemporary black and white “manly” pot holders!) Picking out the fabrics is half the fun! But then I thought I’d try to make them as authentically Amish as I could. Using Adina’s guidelines, I picked out solids in traditional Amish colors, then cut a bunch of triangles and squares at once so I could mix and match. In the photo you can see the result.

Adina and I would love to see how others interpret the pattern with their own fabric selection, and if you want to share your own photos you can post them in the comments below or on Twitter (tag @FaithWords!). We’ll compile all of them into another post!

I think the way the center points of the triangles meet makes them look a bit like a butterfly—wouldn’t that be a cute theme for a crib quilt? Maybe that will be my next project…

Editor Buzz: Fall Fiction From FaithWords

June 29, 2011

Amish fiction and Christian vampires

Editor Buzz with Fiction Editor Christina Boys

There are two new fiction series we’re launching this fall that I’m really excited about, that are about as far apart as, well, day and night.

The Wounded Heart, Adina SenftThe first is the Amish Quilt trilogy by Adina Senft, which follows three Amish friends who meet once a week to work on a quilt. In the first novel, THE WOUNDED HEART, which comes out this September, we meet Amelia Beiler, a young widow and mother of two. In order to support her family, she has to run her late husband’s palette making shop, which is not something life has prepared her to do. Adina is a wonderful writer, and this novel feels like a little escape to a different world, which is what I think is so appealing about Amish fiction. She is also adding instructions so readers can make the quilt the three protagonists of the three books are working on throughout the series. In THE WOUNDED HEART, we learn how to make the block pattern. I made some pot holders based on the instructions, and finally figured out how to sew a proper mitered corner.

Kiss of Night, Debbie ViguieIn October we have quite a different series debuting with KISS OF NIGHT by New York Times bestselling author Debbie Viguié. It’s about a woman named Susan who goes to Prague for her grandmother’s funeral, and discovers a whole other world she never knew existed when she meets Raphael de Decazeville. Raphael was a ruthless knight during the Crusades who placed so little value on the lives of others that he was cursed to walk the earth as a vampire. What I love about Debbie’s series is that she has created a new mythology, drawing on scripture and finding ways to connect it to some of the common vampire lore. For instance, why would vampires exist? Why do crosses burn them? Do they really need to be invited in, and is there a way to keep them out? Can they find redemption?

Both Debbie and Adina are currently working on their second novels in their series, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for their characters!

THE WOUNDED HEART pubs 9/27/11.
KISS OF NIGHT pubs 10/7/11.

Christina Boys is a Fiction Editor at FaithWords and Center Street, imprints of the Hachette Book Group. You can find her on Twitter: @Cb00k

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