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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

by Bethany Turner

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A wonderful book that instantly captivated me. I'm now a fan for life of this talented author. The characters are wonderfully chiseled and the plot line is beautifully done. Definitely a 4 star read! ( )
  CafinatedReads | Oct 15, 2017 |
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I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. The first three chapters drew me in with great character development and interesting storyline. Starting about chapter 4 I began to worry that I was going to be drawn into a revamping of a born again Christian story. The author gradually got past every other word being about religion and continued with the story. Great love story and reality of how if something bad can happen just when you think things are perfect it will. ( )
  AMKee | Oct 13, 2017 |
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Pretty decent for a fun, quick read. Not super memorable though. ( )
  ChicGeekGirl21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
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Light, relaxing read of Sarah Hollenbeck, an introvert who deals with a relationship gone wrong by joining a support group and penning a steamy novel under a plume de nom. Wouldn't you know, she meets a Pastor hottie that causes all kinds of heck to hit the fan? ( )
  plumcover3 | Sep 29, 2017 |
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Author Bethany Turner has penned a delightful novel that has the essence of Christian beliefs without hitting readers over the head with Jesus. Humor is blended with romance and all the problems that come with it when two people fall madly in love. Especially when one is the writer of steamy and sordid romance novels and the other is a minister of the faith. Sarah has just divorced an unfaithful husband and is looking for ways to cope. She joins several book clubs, but ends up staying in only one. She believes her way to mental is through writing poetry. Unfortunately, worse poetry was never written. She decides instead to write a novel, only for herself. But through a mishap at her book club, pages of her manuscript were picked up and read by members of her group. Most of these somewhat straight-laced ladies loved her tale of steamy sex and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Now a famous author, using a pseudonym of course, she still is not happy despite her fame and monetary riches. Though estranged from her best friend for months – because of the content of the novels - they nevertheless reconnect, and Piper leads Sarah to Christ. On her first Sunday attending Piper’s church. Sarah literally runs into the new pastor there, and an instant attraction forms between them. Pastor Ben brings his own set of complications to this relationship, but nothing is as cumbersome as the baggage that Sarah brings. Can a former writer of sexy romance novels be accepted as the wife of a pastor? This conundrum is well handled by the author to a very satisfying conclusion. With enjoyable and amusing characters, this entertaining and witty story is what Christian novels should be but all too often fall short of the mark. This novel hits it spot-on. Highly recommended for anyone, Christian or not, who likes a good romance novel with some bite to it. ( )
  Maydacat | Sep 3, 2017 |
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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.

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