Orphaned...but never abandoned by God
Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Life suddenly gets complicated when a series of tragic events unfold, leaving her in charge of the household.
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.
The 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.
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