Book Preview: Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman

In this excerpt from Sarah’s Orphans (the third book in the Plain & Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman), Sarah Yoder and her neighbor, Paul Byler, enjoy a sweet and simple moment in the barn with a little girl Sarah is caring for…

Enjoy the preview!


They had reached the back wall, and Paul stopped in front of the last stall. Inside was one of Joshua’s buggy mares, and across from them was the other. The mare nudged Paul’s hand, looking for a treat, and he produced a cube of sugar.

“Do you always carry sweets in your pockets?” Sarah asked.

“Comes in handy more often than you’d think.”

He handed another cube to Mia, and they walked to the other mare so she could feed it to the horse. Mia started to put it into her mouth.

“No, honey. Give it to the horse.”

“Why?” Mia puckered her lips and tried to feed the sugar cube to Paul.

In spite of herself, Sarah burst out laughing. It was such a funny sight—the small Hispanic girl, large Amish man, and a horse poking her head in the middle of the two. Eventually, Mia relented and fed the mare. Then she insisted on being let down and made a game of running from one side of the aisle to the other, touching the wall each time and saying “horse” when she did.

Paul spied a wooden crate and turned it over so Sarah could sit on it.

“Take a load off. You barely sat at all this morning. You ate in record time, and then you popped up to help with the dishes.”

Had Paul Byler been watching her? The thought embarrassed Sarah, so she changed the subject, but she did sit on the crate. Her feet were actually tired from the long morning of church and serving.

“All right, but we need to keep an eye on little Mia. She’s turned disappearing into an art form.”

Paul sat beside her on the ground. “Still hiding?”

“Every chance she gets.”

Paul started laughing. Mia turned to look at him, and the smile that spread across her face once again melted Sarah’s heart.

“You’re beautiful, you know.” Paul’s voice had turned husky. “When you smile like that, when you stop worrying about things…you’re beautiful inside and out, Sarah Yoder.”

She didn’t know what to say. She stammered, she blushed, and she forced herself to look away from Paul’s warm brown eyes and playful smile.


Excerpted from Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman

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