Thursday, November 16, 2017

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 hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore. She's beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book. And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn't afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I don't feel like my review can do this book justice. First, this book will make you laugh as Bethany Turner takes a character and uses whit, charm and humor to have her dialogue a character who is going through difficult stuff as a Christian and we are seeing it through the lens of Sarah Hollenbeck who is very comfortable with writing, but not comfortable with this Christian thing. This is a book that I could not put down because I was laughing out loud so much. You'll find humor, romance and fun sprinkled throughout this book.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the next book and I was so impressed with this being the author's debut novel. This book should make your Christmas list! Thank you to the publishers for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Bethany is a born and bred Kentucky girl who relocated to Colorado in 2001, three years after meeting the love of her life in a chat room, back before anyone knew that wasn't always a good idea. Thankfully, it worked out in this case, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two boys. In 2014 Bethany walked away from her career as a bank vice president to step out in faith as a writer. Since then, God has not only opened doors in the publishing world, but has also called her to full-time ministry serving on a church staff. She is an innovative systems administrator for a rural church that is passionate about reaching the unchurched.

Bethany's debut novel for Revell is a romantic comedy which stays true to her pop culture roots, and will be published in October 2017. Her home on the web is

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