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
GenreChristian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    I loved this book for the humor and the various perspectives on modern mainstream Christian life, from the new convert (Sarah), to the lifelong member (Piper), to the young pastor (Ben). It was written in a way that had me hooked to not just the story, but the characters, and how they dealt with the drama in their lives. The romance between Sarah and Ben developed quickly but I enjoyed the time we got to spend *in* the romance, not just leading u...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    I LOVED this book! It was a hilarious christian fiction novel. I am glad I picked this one up because the characterisation was on point, the plot was well paced and this book was beyond hilarious! I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To find this review and others please visit
  • Teri-K
    I really struggled with this book and how to rate it. I've saved my notes made part way through below. I'll add to them that I decided if I'd picked this up without the hype and just read it as a Christian romance I wouldn't have disliked it as much and might have given it 2 stars. But because it was supposed to be a new-type of more realistic romance, telling it like it really is, I was quite disappointed. I still wouldn't have loved it, though,...
  • Chautona Havig
    The Secret Confessions of a disappointed reader:By chapter six, I was done. Seriously. I did not like the character, I didn’t like the plot, I didn’t like any of it. I couldn’t see where it was going. But I kept reading because I really wanted to love this book.Here’s what I discovered (minor spoilers).This really is kind of a modern telling of Sense and Sensibility. Sarah Hollenbeck is Marianne Dashwood. Her practical friend who says it ...
  • 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...
  • Staci
    This debut had me laughing out loud multiple times. Yes, out loud and multiple times. Main character Sarah is wealthy and divorced and looking for something to do. She turns to both reading and writing.The other main characters are Ben and Piper. While they were both great, I simply adored Piper. She's that friend that will give it to you straight even if the truth is painful.I related to the references in the novel such as The Thorn Birds, Stevi...
  • Amy
    Everything happens too fast (boom - a best friend, boom - a Christian, boom - love at first sight, boom - engaged & married. The End.) The story idea was an intriguing one, but just very little character development.
  • Pamela
    Delightfully good! Funny . . . Clean yet Sexy . . . Unique . . . and Romantically Charming. Perfect book to tuck in your tote bag for the beach or lake. Review to come . . . .In the meantime, know this: I'm not a fan of chick-lit or romance, per se. BUT this delightful gem gets FOUR STARS!
  • Kav
    My cheeks hurt from grinning so much! Funny, awkward, goofy... and frank. This book has garnered quite the controversy as readers deal with that verboten subject -- desire. Dare I say we seem to be a passionate lot when it comes to passion in our Christian fiction?If you aren't into romance novels, this isn't the book for you because The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck is pure romance. It's toe-curling and swoon inducing, making a fainting couch ...
  • Emilee
    It has been really hard for me to decide on a rating for this book. I went with 4 stars and here's why. First the writing is lovely. The characters are well developed and the story very compelling. The romance is steamy without crossing the line, in my opinion. So why did I take off a star? I had a lot of personal issues with the pastor falling for a women he barely knew who had only become a Christian basically the day before. Now, I don't have ...
  • Tito
    I'm a picky reader. I'm picky about characters, I'm picky about plot, and I'm picky about writing. In order for me to enjoy a book, those three things have to be done to my satisfaction. With this book, it was. I. Loved. It. It's funny too because I ordered it online last minute, but didn't have any high expectations. Well all I can say is, I was impressed. The writing was solid, and I laughed quite a few times throughout the novel. There wasn't ...
  • 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...
  • Alyssa
    Bethany Turner has made a fan for life. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck tells the story of an author who becomes a Christian all the while still having a contract with a publisher that wants her to write what is described as a scandalous novel. A novel she thinks she can't write now. Sarah also begins to attend a new church where she meets the Pastor and immediately has feelings for him. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck touches on many iss...
  • Mikal Dawn
    Review to come. But believe me. Just go buy the book already. I DIE. 😍❤😍❤
  • extraordinary ordinary whimsy
    Hold on to your cellphones 'cause I'm about to make a strong claim. This is the Christian Fiction I wish all other contemporary Christian Fiction books were like. It's de-lightful. Funny and real. The characters love God but they also struggle with attraction and desires. Hallelujah! And let's go back to funny. Y'all it is SO funny. I swear I smiled and chuckled through the entire book. Case in point: "And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father."" Piper re...
  • 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...
  • Brittany
    This was such a fun story! The author had me laughing out loud many times. The first few chapters built a bit slowly for me, but I persevered and things really picked up.It was an adventure to read about Sarah’s broken marriage, rise to fame, and ultimate decision to follow Jesus. And that was where the story really picked up the pace. There was attraction galore between the two main characters and the author did a good job of illustrating the ...
  • 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 ...
  • April
    ~Wonderfully romantic and sweet!~Happy sigh! This novel was an absolute delight to read! Turner hooked me early on and held my attention all the way through. I enjoyed her writing style, wit, humor, and insight; as well as the delicate balance of romantic tension and Christian values she wove throughout the story. A story well done; I look forward to her next!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Varina Denman
    A sweet romance with spunk. I love Bethany Turner's voice and writing style!
  • Courtney Clark
    You know those books that seem to release with a blog and social media craze equivalent to a 7-year-old piñata frenzy? Yes? Well, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck debut novel by Bethany Turner is one such novel that lives up to its hyped expectations. One search or visit to any of Bethany's social media channels can result in hilarious interviews, videos, and quotes all showing her refreshing style (I highly recommend doing so).This story i...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    I’m not gonna lie...I was not going to finish this book. While the idea was cute, unique and fun, I just felt it was leaning HEAVILY towards mainstream fiction. The romance was SO fast, and I normally never complain about that. But something about it felt wrong, even though they were technically doing it right. It got a bit steamy in a few places...I did enjoy how they kept God as the forefront of their relationship, and the characters had some...
  • Harisa Lagji
    This was not good. I was really looking forward to a Christian novel that focuses on ~real~ topics. But, Francine Rivers (who is the only author I have found that does this correctly) is too long and sometimes dark. So, I also wanted something light hearted. This sucked. I don't know how it has such a high rating. The romance was extremely fast, the Christian aspect wasn't really explained and neither was the struggles except for "I know that's n...