Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Thicker Than Blood" Book Review Blog Tours Presents:

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?

This is a debut novel C.J. Darlington, but you would never know it as you read it. I was blown away by how excellent everything about this book was. The characters are deep and mysterious as their pasts unravel before us, the plot lines are intense and diverse and the editing is wonderful along with the beautiful cover and packaging by Tyndale. This book was an award winning book before it ever got published (that is actually HOW it got published) and it totally deserves it!

I was pulled into this story about sisters Christy and May who haven't seen or spoken to each other in 15 years. A perfect example of how the same tragedy happened to both of them and how their choices to handle it differently changed the course of their lives. In a way, it is similar to the prodigal son, but in a beautiful, touching story. I really identified with both sisters and yearned for them to be reunited, of course there are obstacles in the way - namely Christy - and many of the choices she made keep getting in the way. Her life is in danger and she finally seeks May out. A fantastic story of love, forgiveness and consequences. I sincerely hope that this is just the first we are seeing of C.J. Darlington!

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

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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 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 for more info.



C.J. Darlington said...

I really appreciate your taking the time to read and review my novel. Thank you!

misskallie2000 said...

Thanks for the great review. I have just discovered CJ and will add her to my new author list and my to buy list.
Thanks again for the great review.