Monday, January 18, 2010

Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

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, who she abandoned in their childhood after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. May’s Triple Cross ranch could be the safe haven she’s searching for, but will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late.

This is C.J. Darlington's first book, and it is a good one. Though it has its moments of suspense, thanks to a crazed ex-boyfriend, it is not suspense in the mystery sense. There is a major redemptive message in the book, that no matter how far we go, God will always forgive, and a strong sense of family. I enjoyed the book immensely, and look forward to reading more from this author.

About the author:

C. J. began writing the story that would become her first novel Thicker than Blood 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 Thicker than Blood before cofounding her own online bookstore.

In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site 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.

When she's not writing, she's reading. Her hobbies include book and art collecting, fly fishing, painting and drawing.

Thicker Than Blood is available from Tyndale Publishing.

Thanks to for the review copy.


C.J. Darlington said...

Thank you, Mark, for posting about Thicker than Blood. I appreciate your reading and reviewing it here. :)