Friday, February 10, 2017

Sarah's Orphans

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CHAPMAN, VANNETTA
SARAH'S ORPHANS

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.

My Review:

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.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Sarah's Orphans please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 12 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

37 comments:

  1. I Love Amish Books. I have heard That Vanetta Chapman's Books are Really good too. Thanks for the chance to win. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. Chapman knows how to tug those heart-strings! :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. She certainly does. Good luck, Trixi.

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  3. What a fabulous review, Kav! Sounds like a very emotive read. Pretty please with a cherry on top - toss my name in the hat?

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Tossed your name in the hat but I cannot tell a lie, I ate the cherry first. :-) Now I'm craving cherry pie. Good luck!

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    2. At least you didn't chop down the cherry tree. Lol

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  4. I do enjoy each and everyone of her books. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I have seen several reviews of this book and they all have great things to say about this story. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I love the way she spins a tale. I get so emotionally involved. Good luck, Donna.

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  6. Oh! This is one of the books I chose during the choose-your-own-giveaway week! It looks REALLY good!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. The whole series is -- very different too. Good luck, Elly.

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  7. I never read a book by Vannetta Chapman, but her Plain and Simple Miracles series sound AMAZING! Have you read books 1 and 2?
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Yes -- I've read all three books. Each one packs an emotional punch and deals with tough issues. Good luck, Melody.

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  8. I have read/liked the other books in this series, and they have such a depth which one doesn't see in some lighter Amish stories. Just my honest thoughts. Based on your review, this one follows that pattern. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes -- she really challenges a read to think about social issues. Good luck, CC.

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  9. I have watched this title go around and I would love to read it! Vannetta Chapman's stories are so good! The Christmas Quilt and A Promise for Miriam are two I enjoyed so much. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. She knows how to keep a reader turning pages, that's for sure. Good luck, Kathleen.

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  10. This sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  11. Sarah's Orphans is at the top of my wish list, and your review makes me want it even more! Thank you so much for the chance to be a winner, Kav. Fingers crossed!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It belongs on everyone's wishlist, I think. Good luck, Britney.

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  12. This sounds just wonderful. Fabulous review--thank you.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  13. This has been on my TBR list. Praying I get to add it on the top of my TBR pile. 😘
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. My ever growing TBR list includes this book so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  15. One of my favorite authors! Thanks for the chance to win!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Isn't she the best???? Good luck, rubynreba.

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  16. I'd love to win this book! It's been on my wish list for awhile. Love books like this, but especially when it involves the love of children.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And the children are so compelling in this story! Good luck, Susan.

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  17. What a nice surprise. A big thank you to everyone for commenting, and I appreciate Kav having me on her blog!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by,Vannetta. And thanks for writing such awesome stories!

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