Thicker than Blood
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House
Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?
As soon as I began reading this novel, I was drawn in right away as there was never a dull moment. The suspense and mystery kept me wondering what was going to happen next and I was excited in seeing it come to pass with each turning page.
This story is told in the point of view of several characters but our main focus is on the two sisters, May and Christy Williams, sisters that grew apart after the fatal death of both of their parents. I felt these characters were real and had issues that most people deal with on a daily basis, such as struggles of rejection, guilt, and hopelessness.
Many topics such as alcoholism, abortion, brokeness, and abusive relationships are covered as well as grace and redemption all without being over the top. I can admit to reading some books in the past where many topics such as these were covered and they felt just thrown in because they could leaving a huge mess that really didn’t feel right.
Of the two sisters, I relate the most to May and can only hope I can learn to have a Faith as big as hers as well as a cheerful demeanor even when things are going wrong. Though at times in my life, I’ve found myself with characteristics that Christy held such as not feeling worth the forgiveness God and others chose to give me.
This book kept me on my toes and also left me in tears. I look forward to more works from author C. J Darlington but until then, I think I’ll read this book again.
With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss.
—Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best selling author
If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace.
—Rebecca St. James, Grammy award winning Christian singer and bestselling author
With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she’s a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it.
—Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away
About the Author:
C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novel before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.
C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website www.cjdarlington.com for more info.
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