Christy is a “bookman,” one of a fading breed in this electronic age, who finds the perfume of an honest first edition irresistible. She has finally found the “love” of her life…but will the sins of the past take it all away? At her lowest moment Christy seeks out her sister, the one person who2, by rights, should turn her away. The sister she deserted years ago.
May is conflicted. She so wants to embrace her sister with open arms and forgive her as her Christian faith teaches, but the pain of Christy’s betrayal runs deep. And her own world is threatened---will she be able to save the ranch, or be forced to find her only comfort in the faith in God she clings to?
Now, add to that some tension-filled suspense, a crazed ex-lover, and heart-wrenched soul-searching, and you have Thicker than Blood, a debut novel by C. J. Darlington. Miss Darlington is a homeschool graduate who began writing this novel at the tender age of 15. She is also a recent recipient of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Award.
I enjoyed reading this page-turner. There are a few false notes in the characterizations and a couple of predictable devices, but overall, an entertaining read. The two main characters, both flawed as we all are, are easy to relate to, and while this is definitely Christian fiction, its message isn’t intrusive---I never once felt like the author was beating me over the head. Congratulations to Miss Darlington on a highly readable first novel. I look forward to her future efforts.
Read the first chapter of Thicker than Blood here.
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I received a review copy of Thicker than Blood from C. J. Darlington. I received no compensation.