One more chance to win in 2017!


Wow. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it very difficult to believe that we’ve reached the end of 2017. A year ago, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck was still nearly a year from publication, and I was chomping at the bit to get it into readers’ hands. It honestly seemed, at that point, like October 3rd would never arrive. And then, of course, time began passing so quickly as I worked on edits and review copies were sent out, and marketing seemed to become my life for a while.

And now, 2017 is very nearly in the rearview mirror. And though so much of the year is a blur, and it really is unbelievable how much has happened in twelve months, I also feel as if I savored every moment.

As I look back over the year, I’m just incredibly grateful. I’m grateful to my family and friends who believed in me and supported me, long before we knew if I would ever have a book on the shelves or not. I’m grateful to my editor and the entire team at Revell who believed that Sarah Hollenbeck deserved a place in the world. Of course I’m most grateful to the Lord, who not only made me a little bit quirky, but also decided to put the quirkiness to work, for His purposes.

And I’m grateful for you. Whether you read the book or not, whether you liked it or not…if you’ve been a part of the journey in any way, I’m grateful for you. Even if this is the very first time you’ve ever visited this website…you’re here now! You took the time, and I’m grateful.

So, to say thanks…here’s one more chance to win in 2017. I’m giving away a copy of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck (your choice of paperback or large print hardcover), a coffee mug featuring a quote from the novel, and a $25 Amazon gift card. Check out the Rafflecopter for all the ways you can win.

Thanks again…for everything! Let’s continue the adventure into 2018.







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Bethany Turner is the bestselling, award-winning author of romantic comedies such as Plot Twist and The Do-Over. She has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. She stands by this decision. Bethany now writes pop culture–infused rom-coms for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. She lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, whom she met in the nineties in a chat room called Disco Inferno. As sketchy as it sounds, it worked out pretty well in this case, and they are now the proud parents of two teenagers. Connect with Bethany at or across social media @seebethanywrite, where she clings to the eternal dream that John Stamos will someday send her a friend request.


  1. I love to read Christian fiction and have read 147 books this year…..hard to pick a favorite one.
    Anxious to read your book!!

  2. I recently read The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck through kindle unlimited. I loved it. I especially loved the humor but the whole book was excellent! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  3. Oops, I didn’t know I was supposed to say my favorite book of 2017. I don’t think I have one. There’s been so many I’ve loved.

  4. Nope, I can’t pick just one! My top 10ish list should be up on New Year’s day, until then my favorite novel written by Bethany Turner is The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck! ?

  5. I’ve been wanting to read The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck! It’s so hard to pick a favorite this year! I’ve read so many by new to me authors and favorite authors this year. (Fave authors include Tamera Alexander, Melissa Tagg, Elizabeth Camden, Melanie Dobson, Kate Breslin, Julie Klassen, Julie Lessman, Cara Putman, Denise Hunter, Lisa Wingate, Tricia Goyer, Rachel Hauck, Dee Henderson, Stephanie Landsem, Lynn Austin, Elizabeth Musser, and many more.) This year I also discovered new to me authors Carrie Turansky, Susan Meissner, Lori Benton, Rosanna M White, Katie Ganshert, Irene Hannon, Heidi Chiavaroli, Tracy Groot, Hilary Manton Lodge. So many memorable books, it really is very hard to pick just one.

  6. I loved this book. I loved reading secular romance and when I become a Christian it is was to give them up. I was so happy that you shared how it is not easy to go from the world to God. For some it takes a drastic change in everything we do others not so much.


  7. I cannot just choose one. There were so many great books this year. I loved your and Freedom Rings.

    Authors who I have had the privilege to read amazing books this year are: Sarah Forgrave, Connie Cossette, Courtney Walsh, Dani Pettrey, Melissa Tagg, Susan May Warren and others.

  8. I read 126 books this year and really liked almost all of them. I looked back over the books and there is just no way I can pick just one favorite! Your book is one that is still on my “want to read but don’t have” list so I’m grateful for the chance to perhaps win a copy.

    • 126! Wow! I’m impressed! It would DEFINITELY be difficult to pick just one out of that lot! Good luck in the giveaway! I really hope you enjoy The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck when the time comes.

  9. I think my favorite book of 2017 was Orphan Train. Several years ago I read a Christian book about the orphan trains that came out of New York and distributed orphaned children or children whose parents could no longer care for them, out “west” That book had painted rosier pictures, although true stories. This one shared how not all the children were put with good families, Etc.

  10. I haven’t read your book yet. I need to because it sounds like the tuoenif book I would love. Hmmm, the best book of the year for me. That’s hard. I’ve read 150. Lol!! I’m gonna go with The Long Way Gone by Charles Martin. Mind blown on that one. Oh wait! I read Redeeming Love for the first time. How could I not say that one. Amazing!

    • Okay, confession time…I have not yet read Redeeming Love. I think I’m one of the last people on earth who hasn’t read it. I own it, and am DETERMINED to read it in 2018. Everyone I know says it is spectacular! Thanks so much for stopping by, Dana. Good luck in the giveaway!

  11. The best book I read in 2017 was the true story about Joey Martin, This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever by Rory Feek. It was a tear jerker but oh sooo good!! I highly recommend it.

  12. Thanks for another chance to win your book. It’s been on my wishlist since well before it came out. I didn’t get the much hoped for Kindle gift card for Christmas this year (I got tires for my car instead). Tires are a good thing but books would have been much better.
    I have listed 91 books as read this year on Goodreads and know I’m missing a few. I can’t possibly pick a favorite. I can’t even pick a favorite genre anymore! I don’t know how book bloggers make their favorites lists.
    I can’t wait to read your book. Following you this year has been fun. I wish you a Very Happy New Year!

    • Tires are DEFINITELY a good gift…but no…not nearly as fun. ? Well, Andrea, you have been a fabulous supporter in the past year, and I am so grateful. Now I am determined that you get a chance to read The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck! Good luck in the giveaway, but if this one doesn’t work out, I promise there will be more chances!

  13. My favorite fiction book is Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham. My favorite nonfiction book this year is Gail Johnson’s Treasures of Hope. Both are excellent!!

  14. I don’t think I had a top favorite. Every one that I read I really enjoyed and each was chose because I enjoyed the author.

  15. It’s very hard to pick a favorite but ones that stand out are: These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart and Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green. Anything by Roseanna White or Kristi Ann Hunter or Carolyn Miller. Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris was exciting.

  16. Okay Bethany, I’m trying to narrow done my list to my favorite book in 2017, but that is a really BIG problem. You see, I read over 100 books this year and picking only one is HARD! Soooo I’ve got couple that pop out to me: The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright, Unblemished and Unraveling by Sara Ella, Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig and soooo many more. That is a REALLY hard question because all the books I’ve read this year are so different and have so much that captivate me. My list could go on and on and on!

    • I totally understand, Marylin! But the ones you named…I have heard fabulous things about all of them! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway, and for all the support you give to Christian fiction, and so many Christian fiction authors.

  17. I read so much, it’s hard to pick just one. I think, though, that the newest Mitford book, “To Be Where You Are,” by Jan Karon.

  18. I haven’t read your book yet. My favorite book of 2017 is hard to choose since I read so many good books. Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski.

  19. I passed my goal of 120 books for 2017, hard to pick a favorite, so one of my favorite 2017 releases is Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig. 😀

  20. Oh, there were so many good ones! In the secular world, there was Words in Deep Blue. NOT Christian at all, but it features a used bookstore, beautiful quotes, and a sweet plot about young love. I could’ve done without all of the language, though. Then there was Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor. It totally made me cry. The connection with music in that story is beautiful. Stephenia McGee’s In His Eyes reminded me from whom I should be looking for love and unconditional understanding. Shine Like the Dawn had me laughing out loud, but it was also a beautiful love story. I finally read Dear Mr. Knightley this year too. I could see it coming from a mile away, but the story still made me cry. I love Katherine’s books!

  21. It’s very hard to think of just one, but An Amish Beginning series by Suzanne Woods Fisher was very good! Happy New Year Bethany!

  22. I’m grateful for YOU and for your book! <3
    As for an answer to the rafflecoptor question…I'm really, really, really bad at picking ONE favourite book. Ever. I have a blog post scheduled for my favourite reads of 2017, but even that list has 12 books included. XD
    A FEW I loved… "Bread of Angels" by Tessa Afshar, "Out of the Dark" by MacKenzie Morganthal, "Destiny Defended" by J.A. Marx, and mooooore. XD

  23. I read a lot of Christian fiction and have had a few favorites this year like “The Seven Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart, “Sweetbriar Cottage” by Denise Hunter and “If I’m Found” by Terri Blackstock. But I have to admit that I LOVED your book and am thrilled to be finishing out the year with such a new favorite! You struck it out of the park, with a Christian novel that is incredibly romantic but much more relatable! I couldn’t put it down or wipe the smile off my face! You can bet that I will be counting down until your next release!!

    • Oh, Anu! Thank you! That is so kind of you to say, and I am THRILLED that you enjoyed The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck! The next novel is tentatively scheduled for May of 2019, so it’s going to be a bit of a long countdown! ? I promise to try and make it worth the wait. Thank you again, and happy new year!

  24. Very hard to pick a favorite book as I belong to two book clubs and read about 40 books a year. I do like books by Sandra Brown, Michael Connolly, Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. They had some good ones this year.
    I am currently reading The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lucas. So far it is an interesting story.

  25. ONE favorite book??? No fair! I am going to cheat! Favorite children’s book: The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim; favorite middle grade book: Sir Kay the Boy Knight series by Don Winn; favorite YA: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott; favorite adult fiction book: Hidden Sea by Miles Arceneaux; favorite Non-Fiction (tie – another cheat): The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudecek & Yonderings by Ben English. LOTS of great books this year!!

  26. I read a lot of books, so like some of the others above, picking one favorite is hard. A few that I have enjoyed a lot are Just the Way You are by Pepper Basham, Many Sparrows by Lori Benton, His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman, Love’s Eternal Breath by Naomi Rawlings, True to You by Becky Wade, and A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. There are more…but I will stop there!

  27. My favorite book I read this year was The Lilac Girls. I would love to read The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck.

  28. The book I enjoyed reading in 2017 was, “Imperfect Justice” by Cara Putman. We have her books in the church library and our readers love them.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  29. I think my favorite book that I read this year was The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green. I do enjoy contemporary fiction too, but probably read more historical novels.

  30. I read a book called ” Pages in the Wind” by Sally Saylor DeSmet..super good!! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  31. I read an embarrassing amount of books this year, but only a few landed on my “All-Time Favorites” list. First, let me preface, I am NOT trying to flatter you in any way, but The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck was one of those few. Gah!! I absolutely loved it. In fact, I mentioned in my review that you are one of my comedic soul sisters. Of course, there were a few other books on that lists, but “Sarah” was the most recent inductee.

    • Terrill! Thank you! Wow…I can’t tell you what that means to me. I’m so honored to know that you loved TSLOSH, and really just blown away by your kind words. THANK YOU!

  32. I read over 100 books a year. Since I am the librarian at my church, it is almost mandatory, but a pleasure in any case. I read “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck”. Loved it! It was the most fun book I read in 2017. I read books by Melissa Tagg, Patricia Bradley, Cara Putman, Dani Pettrey, Hillary Manton Lodge, Susan May Warren, Regina Jennings, Julie Klassen, Irene Hannon, and many others. Bethany, your book is the one that I still think about often. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Aww, Sue! Thanks! I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, and I’m VERY glad you had fun with it. That really means so much to me! THANK YOU for taking the time to tell me that, and thanks for entering the giveaway. Good luck!

  33. I didn’t read as much this year as I wanted to but I loved your book and your writing style and I can’t wait to see what you habe coming up next.

  34. I read so many good books in 2017! Sarah Hollenbeck is in my top 5 for sure. A Season to Love by Nicole Deese, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn, Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman, and A Name Unknown by Roseanna White were all part of my top 5!

  35. “The Secret” I have been trying to think more positive and this book really does help with that. I do believe we are what we think.

  36. I would love to read this book. My favorite book of 2017 was a book about this creepy guy kidnapping this teenage girl.. Stacy Claflin Good books. I love to read.

  37. I liked A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf

  38. Sorry but I can’t choose one book. Every book I read in 2017 was many great authors out in the CF reading world.
    Thank you for this givaway

  39. Your book wins, no question, as my favorite fiction book of 2017. It kept me laughing, made me cry and challenged my heart more than once. Non-fiction favorite was The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst.

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