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Following the death of her parents, twenty three year old Sarah is now a mother figure to eight orphaned children in a Plain community of Oklahoma. After helping his brother during his time of need, Paul has moved next door to Sarah. He is now compelled to follow what God is leading him to do.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Plain and Simple Miracles
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 disorderuntil 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 familyand 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.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfathers birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful story of family no matter the makeupFebruary 10, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vannetta Chapmans Plain and Simple Miracles series is a real winner. This third of the stand-alone books does include some previous characters, but this unique story deals with abandoned childrenboth Amish and Hispanic. It sweeps into your heart and mind and wont let you go. I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding and resolution. The characters are all so true to life and the events totally plausible. I like the solutions worked out too. The end contains a number of yummy recipes mentioned in the novel. Even those who are Amish book fans will find this touching tale a true treasure.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5InspiringFebruary 10, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The kind of story that grabs your heart and challenges your mind. I'm just a bundle of emotions at the completion of this read. There were teary moments and tender moments and laugh-out-loud moments -- a slice of real life. And what is really spectacular is that Chapman touches on issues that aren't normally associated with Amish fiction.
There is so much meat to this story, I hardly know where to begin. At it's heart is a fractured family struggling to survive. Sarah Yoder has borne the weight of heavy burdens her whole life. In her early twenties, she has already endured more than most young women have. When tragic circumstances create even more havoc within her family she finds herself taking charge in ways she never imagined.
This is a story that celebrates the strength that comes from living in community -- the unique connection different relationships bring. From family to friendship to romance and all the nuances in between. I laughed over the antics of Sarah's brothers, rejoiced in the kind wisdom of Bishop Levi and thrilled over the gentle attentions of Paul Byler.
A memorable story full of honest (and sometimes hard) truths that will inspire and convict.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sarah's OrphansJanuary 22, 2017CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a heartwarming story about family - both the heartbreaks and the joys that real families face. The members of this family worked hard to stay together on the farm and overcame many obstacles along the way. A great story from beginning to end!
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful story of love - family and romance bothNovember 20, 2016Robin WillsonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A book unique yet universal. This is a story about a large and dysfunctional family. They have had little help from their parents, and have learned how to take care of themselves and come together to survive yet just barely. And yet they are able to add two more small children, alone and abandoned by their own dysfunctional parents. What is universal is that we all need love, and it becomes so very important in our lives. Even when we arent looking for it, and cant possibly take on anything more in our lives, there is always room for love and we are all made more whole by it.
We think that we are independent, but once you realize that you arent doing a thing yourself, that God is truly the one in control (and we let Him) things become so much easier. He lifts our burdens and provides.
Another important lesson to learn is that one strand can be weak, but when woven together with other strands we have a much stronger thread. The same can be said with love and relationships that God leads us to.
This is a wonderful story of love of a family and its members as well as others in the community. Oh yes, and theres romance here as well. An enriching and beautiful book youll be the better for having read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
LinnAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book series!October 29, 2016LinnAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vannetta Chapman's 3rd book in the Plain and Simple Miracles, Sarah's Orphans, is a refreshing book that covers an array of emotions. It is an inspiring book of hope and love. Vannetta Chapman does not disappoint with this series and Sarah's Orphans tops the charts in greatness!