Sarah*s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman - My favorite one in Plain and Simple Miracles!

"We all need something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for." (248)

Title:  Sarah's Orphans
Series:  Plain and Simple Miracles, Book 3
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher:  Harvest House Publisher
Release Date:  September 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Amish Fiction

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. 

Don't get me wrong. I loved every one of the Plain and Simple Miracles books I've read by Vannetta Chapman. This latest one, Sarah's Orphans held a special place. Maybe it's because of the children in the story, maybe it's about the struggling of one family or how a community came together, but it's the difference this specific book touched on that clutched my heart. The message of embracing the difference in each of us, loving it, and how that difference doesn't matter, just the love between.

A beautiful message of love beyond any type of borders, physical or whatsoever. As tough topics like depression, abandonment, alcoholism, anorexia and poverty filtered in Sarah's Orphans, the author shared not only what was just a story, but what society still encounters today.  Will this inspire you? Will this allow us to open our eyes to those in need?

The story of Sarah, her family's financial troubles, her compassion for others, trusting God as the coordinator of her life, yet, still struggling with accepting help by others jumps out at you. The many facets of Sarah and her resilience throughout the story was admirable. My heart ached for those children, and I'm not even Sarah (and yes, I know they're fictional), but they came to life for me in Sarah's Orphans.  Even the romance, though it wasn't a strong aspect, was unassuming, yet pleasant. Paul's quiet strength was a pillar of support for Sarah and the kids. Throughout this story, we witness God's way and plan, inspiring and discerning for every character.

I love the following quote to end with, which I believe ties in Sarah's Orphans really well.

"...Gotte put you all in the right place at the right time, 

but you  chose  to do the right thing..." (300)

In all, a story that holds and withstands time. Vannetta Chapman sure knows how to write them!

NOTE:  I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at 

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  1. I loved reading Sarah's Orphans. Vannetta Chapman writes the most wonderful stories.

  2. Melissa, I agree!!! Vannetta have definitely hit my must read author list! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi Melissa. Waving wildly.
    JC, thanks so much for having me on your blog...and I love, love, love the graphics you made!

  4. Thanks Vannetta!!! Glad you liked them. I had fun. And I had sooo many quotes I could've made more!!


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