Wednesday, 30 December 2009

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, 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?

My take:~

I had the privilege a couple of years ago to read the first few chapters of Thicker Than Blood and have been waiting with baited breath since to read the rest of the story! When Thicker Than Blood won the Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest, I was delighted for CJ and thrilled that I would be able to read the rest of May and Christy's journey.

CJ creates a fascinating premise for her story based on her own experience as an antiquarian book buyer, with Christy running from the law, unfounded accusations and a vengeful boyfriend. Estranged from her sister by her own volition and battling unsuccessfully the damaging effects of her poor choices, Christy is tormented and afraid. Conversely, her sister May has led a dedicated and responsible life, all the while yearning for Christy to return and reestablish their sisterly bond, yet finds her own struggles overwhelming.

With complex characterisation and authenticity, CJ gives readers a book that satisfies the soul and evokes heartfelt emotions as Christy attempts to deal with past transgressions and May desperately seeks a way to forgive. Thicker Than Blood is a story of two sisters, their bond shattered by tragedy and self absorption, set against the backdrop of their respective loves, for Christy, the world of literature and books and for May, her horses and beloved ranch. CJ's supporting characters are equally intriguing, from faithful Hunter to reformed Jim, down to earth Ruth and the fatherly Harvey, all with a depth that could easily be fleshed out in subsequent novels!

Thicker than Blood reveals the author's love of family, her commitment to great storytelling and the importance of faith in any journey towards forgiveness and healing.

With thanks to Tyndale for my review copy

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C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Rel. I'm so honored to be featured here. Your blog rocks!

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