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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

By Bethany Turner


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.


Year Title Description
2018 Selah Award 2018 Selah Award for Contemporary Romance
2018 Christy Finalist 2018 Finalist for The Christy Award in Contemporary Romance

Why the author wrote this book:

One thing that was really important for me to communicate was that just because a man and a woman in a romantic relationship have chosen to put their faith and their relationships with the Lord above all else, that doesn’t mean it will always be easy to honor those beliefs and commitments. Ben and Sarah face temptation and find themselves in situations they should have tried harder to avoid. And I thought it was important that be reflected every bit as much in Ben’s spiritual journey as it is in Sarah’s. Sarah’s faith is new, but Ben’s is not. Not only is he a long-time Christ-follower…he’s a professional Christ-follower! But he’s every bit as human and flawed as she is – and as we all are. And I believe Christians do a disservice to our faith when we act as if we’ve got it all under control, rather than keeping the focus on the Savior who wants nothing more than for us to relinquish control to Him.


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