Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

From the Back of the Book

Becoming a Christian is the best--and worst--thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. 

Up to now, Sarah Hollenbeck 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 she's 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 discovering 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 . . . well, let's just say that doesn't make things any easier.

My Thoughts

As soon as I read the summary for The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner, I knew I wanted to read it. This book ended up being a little different from the books that I usually read, but I really liked it. I thought it was interesting to read about a character who isn't a believer from the start of the book and to go through her thoughts and struggles as a new Christian with her. One of the main struggles she faces is refraining from sex before marriage.

I enjoyed reading about Sarah initially learning about who she was after her divorce. It was fun to read about Sarah becoming an author. I also liked Sarah's friendship with Piper and of course, how Piper introduced Sarah to Jesus.

One of the highlights of the book for me is the scene where Ben and Sarah meet. When I read it, I thought to myself "How many single women dream of having this experience?".  I also liked the twist that the book took with Ben's old girlfriend. 

I loved how Sarah's friend Piper was so encouraging and was never jealous of Sarah for her writing success or for her boyfriend. I also liked Ben's in-laws and they inspired me to make sure I'm plugging into God so that His love shines through me. 

If you enjoy reading contemporary Christian fiction, I think you will enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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