Saturday, January 23, 2010

Review: Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

Christy Williams is close to being at the end of her rope. When she hits rock bottom, it may be time for her to seek out the sister she abandoned 15 years ago. But Christy has painful secrets from the past and May, her sister, has needs of her own. Can the two sisters reconcile? Will Christy's past come back to haunt her?

I really enjoyed reading Thicker Than Blood! In many ways, it feels like a classic Christian fiction novel, with characters seeking redemption for past mistakes. Despite that, though, it does take some unexpected turns and not everything is as you imagine it will be. One of the things I loved about the book was Christy's job at the Book Barn dealing with collectible books. This is always really interesting to me....especially since I feel the value of a book is in its words. (I may convert to full time ereading yet!) I also enjoyed reading about how the sisters found each other again and worked to forgive one another. It's a nice easy goes quite quickly and the pacing is just about perfect.

If you enjoy a more traditional Christian fiction novel than I think you are really going to enjoy this one.

Rating: 4/5
Things You Might want to know: Christian fiction
Source of Book: Provided by author for review
Publisher: Tyndale

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...

Thanks so much for posting about Thicker than Blood! I really appreciate your taking the time to review it here. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Cool. I haven't heard of this one.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This is another great sounding book that I had not heard of. Thansk Amy for the heads up on this one... adding it to my library list

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