The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that's obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she's made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen. She's still under contract with her publisher and on the ho...

Details The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

TitleThe Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreRomance, Christian Fiction, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

  • Toni Shiloh
    Bethany Tuner’s debut novel is the quintessential rom com. I laughed out loud so much my husband questioned my sanity and of course the actual hilarity of the book. And I smiled so many times I was pretty sure my cheeks were going to get stuck in that position.This is such a great Christian rom com and it touches on sooo many issues. For one, what’s next after praying the salvation prayer. The other talks about Christian fiction and what read...
  • Melissa
    Debut author Turner has an incredibly unique voice that draws readers into the story and won't let them go until the gorgeous conclusion. This is a modern Christian novel that touches on realistic subjects and themes and shows how any situation can be directed back to God. The romance is both scorching-hot and completely appropriate, which is a difficult task to pull off, yet Turner does so amazingly. The novel is filled with humor, stellar chara...
  • Madison
    Hilarious. Honest. This novel takes everything you think you know about Christian fiction and totally shakes it until you have something so wonderful, delightful, surprising, and authentic, something that captures the agonising (and sometimes embarrassing) beauty of life and love.Newly divorced, Sarah Hollenbeck turns to writing to fill the gaps in her life. When poetry doesn't work out, she tries romance. And surprisingly has huge success. Now a...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I wish I were better at writing reviews so I could do this book justice. First off, I have to say, I LOVE IT SO MUCH! I love the voice of the author. I love the unique premise (seriously, I'm tired of reading the same plot over and over again). I love the humor in it. I love watching how someone stumbles around figuring out "how to be Christian." I love the bravery of the author and Revell (the publishing house) for stepping out of the "box" of C...
  • Mikal Dawn
    Review to come. But believe me. Just go buy the book already. I DIE. 😍❤😍❤
  • Raechel
    4.5 stars (really good, but would recommend for ages at least 18 and up for content). Review:This book was adorable. The writing style was truly so great, and I was just drawn right in by the first chapter. It was so...readable. :) The style felt so unique and yet still so familiar to my own. And the story - oh my goodness, I had so many giggles throughout it. This was a book where I literally laughed out loud. Which then caused my family to ques...
  • Maureen Timerman
    From the beginning to the end of this book I could feel that the author had placed God’s hand on the main character, took awhile, but it was heart warming adventure.Forgiveness and turning the other cheek is really shown here, and you are going to be on a wonderful page-turning read once you turn the first page. It isn’t easy to offer forgiveness, and especially when the pain was really offered to hurt someone you love. Great lessons here, fr...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    I really tried to like this book. I truly did. I had heard loads of good buzz about it and thought that it sounded very interesting, so I wanted to read it. I realize I'm the odd man out here, so to speak, because the reviews are generally good. But I was very disappointed in this book. The book is marketed as Christian fiction, but I didn't really find all that much inspiration in it. Sarah Hollenbeck has just been divorced from her cheating hus...
  • Carol
    From the moment I read the back cover blurb, I knew I’d love this book. I was right. In fact, I’m putting The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck on my top ten book list for 2017. The story is original, honest, funny, heartwarming, angsty, and oh-so romantic. Being an author who has written content I’m not proud of, I could relate to Sarah and her situation. I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish! Bethany has mastered the art of writing...
  • Janet Ferguson
    What a fresh style! I enjoyed every second of reading this book and laughed almost the entire time. It's very different for inspirational fiction in that it deals with physical desires in a funny but realistic way.
  • Fiction Aficionado
    If making people laugh was prohibited by law, Bethany Turner would be on Interpol’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. Come to think of it, causing people snort with laughter SHOULD be prohibited by law, in which case I’m going to have to report her anyway, because the humour in this book occasionally took me so much by surprise that my laughter kind of exploded involuntarily. And I don’t necessarily mean through my mouth . . .Sarah Hollenbeck is a ...
  • Kate
    Turner writes with a strong first-person voice that will keep readers involved in the protagonist's life. It owns moments of insightful spark, particularly through the voice of Sarah's best friend, Piper. Through the friendship, Sarah is encouraged to make difficult decisions rooted in her new-found faith. In the particularly difficult life-moments, Piper is a refreshing force that doesn’t shy away from wise counsel that is delivered, often, wi...
  • The Book Posh
    Will falling in love with your pastor complicate your life? In The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck we join steamy romance novelist turned Christian, Sarah Hollenbeck, on this journey to find the answer. I enjoyed the idea of this book and appreciated the "wholesomeness" of it, but I felt that the story moved too fast. I love to read a story that is built upon a solid foundation and this story was lacking in that area. In this book Sarah goes to c...
  • JaneReads
    Review can be found here .The first person point of view telling made me feel like I was sitting down having coffee with Sarah as she was personally telling me her story. I really enjoyed this perspective. Sarah is in a transition period in her life trying to figure out to go from a steamy romance novelist to a new Christian and how to transition her writing with her new life. She then literally runs into Pastor Ben and feels an instant attractio...
  • Rachael
    I wouldn't call the entire book laughing-out-loud funny, because there's way too much thought-provoking and seriously moving moments throughout the story, but there were moments I laughed so hard tears were leaking out of my eyes. And moments when my eyes were leaking for entirely different reasons.What impresses me most about the book is the very honest feel to it--you have a woman who is lost and unloved, who is trying to find herself again. Af...
  • Traci Sanders
    Full disclosure: I received an ARC copy of this book. Let me preface this review by saying that I was first introduced to this author's work in her adult romance series, Abigail Phelps. I fell in love with her writing from there. Her quirky sense of humor and ability to write an steamy scene without actual sex was quite impressive to me. So, when this author sent me a copy of this book and informed me that she was moving in a different direction ...
  • Laura
    THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK is a first-person, chicklit style book. Reeling from her divorce, Sarah is struggling to find her identity apart from her ex-husband's trophy wife. So she joins book clubs. And in the process discovers she can write. And she begins to make friends. Unfortunately, her best friend is judgmental and drops her like a hot potato when she learns Sarah writes steamy romances. But Sarah's friend returns. And leads her ...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck is written in first person point of view. The beginning build-up, for me, was a little slow. The part where Sarah decides to be a Christian and give her heart to God in one brief paragraph and was so sudden, I had to go back and read it again, because I glossed over it the first time.I enjoyed the friendship between Sarah and Piper. Piper is such a level-headed, character, she really adds to the story and gives...
  • Nicole
    Wow,wow, WOW! THIS IS GOOD STUFF! I opened up this book expecting a cute contemporary romance, but this book put into words some very real struggles that many authors avoid in the Christian fiction market.We are introduced to Sarah, who having been betrayed by love, turns to writting explicit romance novels. She comes to know the Lord, and is now conflited by how she will keep the contract with her publisher and not go against her new faith. She ...
  • Suzie
    This is not your grandmother’s (or even your mother’s) Christian fiction. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck is a book for the new generation of readers.As Sarah’s story unfolds on the pages, I laughed. She’s got a subtle sarcastic streak that resonated with me, but it’s her naivety when it comes to the Bible and Christianity that endeared this character to me. I mean, her confusion about Mary Magdalene along had me laughing out loud. ...
  • maryreads
    Bethany Turner writes with honesty, humor, and wisdom. She's able to openly talk about realistic themes without being vulgar or making the reading feel uncomfortable but also without trying to soften the struggles, the pain and how we easily we can mess things up just because we are human. And from the first page, the author beautifully composed a story of grace and growth, full of characters that will make you laugh, want to strangle them some (...
  • Courtney Clark
    This story is a literary TREAT! I was literally laughing and crying in the span of paragraphs. This is a new take on Christian fiction and a close look at the whirlwind life (and romance ;) ) can be through the eyes of a recently redeemed heroine. Longer review to come.
  • Kara Peck
    I was so excited to read this. The synopsis sounded hilarious. I wasn't wrong! I know debut authors are approached with trepidation but this delivers. Funny and charming, I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Shenanigans, hilarity, and quotable lines are woven throughout. I enjoyed my afternoon of reading. I devoured this and have zero regrets. A heart warming read I have no issues recommending. Oftentimes the Christian genre takes itself to se...
  • Amanda
    **I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinions are my own.**Sarah Hollenbeck is an author who writes super sexy romances...until she becomes a Christian and falls in love with the pastor at her new church. It's an interesting premise, and the book is genuine and funny, a truly entertaining and engrossing story.Except, it fails at the job it wanted to do - be a Christian romance that stays "wholesome" ...
  • Crystal
    About the Book:The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck is a delicious little tale about love at first sight, reconciling our past with the beautiful future God has in store for us, and taming intense physical attraction within the confines of a Christ-honoring relationship. After her marriage dies a slow and painful death and she catches her husband cheating on her, Sarah Hollenbeck finds her voice as a trashy romance novelist catapulting her into bo...
  • Gloria
    What a delightful and refreshing book told from the first person point of view. We see everything that Sarah thinks about her situation in a sometimes humorous and self deprecating way--sometimes in a sad way. We see someone learning what it is to a Christian from her viewpoint. Those of us who have always gone to church sometimes take our upbringing for granted.Sarah Hollenbeck's life has been turned upside down since she discovered her husband ...
  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck – Bethany Turner (3.5-4 Stars)Ms. Turner makes her debut with The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. After Sarah’s marriage with her high school sweetheart ends, she turns to her book club and newfound passion for writing to reestablish her life as an independent woman. Her hobby soon leads her to become a bestselling author of a trilogy of very steamy romance novels. However, a life-changing conversation wit...
  • Deana Dick
    I wasn’t sure where this book was heading as I first started reading it. It didn’t take long to get so engrossed in the story, I read the book in a few hours. There are authors that write in different genres and Sarah is no excepti.She may wri a little spicer books that mnot like, but she has become a favorite of many. She has hidden her identity behind an assumed name . She doesn’t go out on tours but her books are so well liked, they sell...