These orphans may be on their own...but God hasn't abandoned them.
Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Her father suffers from bipolar disorder—until a tragic accident ends his life and the abuse he inflicted. Instead of stepping up to provide a better future, Sarah's mother packs her bags and leaves her six children behind.
Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy...and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans.
Paul Byler moved to Cody's Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul's ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can't seem to ignore.
A story of extraordinary grace and love in the face of desperate need, Sarah's Orphans is the third standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman.
Review of Vannetta Chapman's Sarah's Orphans
Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman is a tender story of love, loss and what really makes a family. Sarah Yoder and her siblings never had a normal childhood like the other families in her Amish community of Cody Creek, Oklahoma. A father who suffered from bipolar disorder and a withdrawn mother left them often fending for themselves. After a tragic accident that takes the life of their father, Sarah’s mother unable to cope abandons the family. With mounting debt and very little money, Sarah at the age of 23 with the help of her brother Andy are now responsible for themselves and their three younger siblings. While trying to care for her brothers, run a house and stretch money they don’t have, Sarah discovers two small Hispanic children, Mateo and Mia, abandoned in a leaky trailer. Able to identify with the two small children, Sarah takes them into her home and into her heart.
Overwhelmed and paralyzed with fear over her new responsibilities Sarah’s faith is tested. Sarah must learn to ask for and accept help from her Amish community, a grandmother she barely knows and a confirmed Amish bachelor named Paul who has let her into his heart. As time goes by with help from her friends, Sarah’s faith is restored and all doubts about the future are replaced with courage and love. Sarah is finally able to let go of the past and look forward to a life with Paul where two families can finally become one.
I really liked this book. The characters are tender and sweet. I couldn’t help but feel for Sarah and her siblings when their mother left. My heart broke for Mateo and little Mia abandoned and living in squalor. I praised Sarah for her kindness and fierce determination to protect Mateo and Mia and love them as if they were her own. I liked Paul’s strength of character his compassion and his gentle heart. But of all the characters my favorite was the grandmother. She brought calm, peace, strength and wisdom just when it was needed most and bless the woman she was always sharing chocolates.
If you want to read a novel that is full of emotion and heart then Sarah’s Orphans is for you. For those readers who are fans of Amish novels or fans of Beverly Lewis and Wanda E. Brunstetter you will love Vannetta Chapman’s Sarah’s Orphans. It is full of faith, hope and love. You will not be disappointed.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of Sarah’s Orphan’s from Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
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