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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Book Review: Thicker Than Blood

As I read C.J. Darlington’s first novel, Thicker Than Blood, I found it hard to believe that this was her FIRST novel.  This book is the work of a professional, seasoned writer and I thought it was fantastic!

The storyline involving two sisters who’ve been estranged, held my interest and kept me reading.  The pace of the novel was perfect – fast enough to keep my attention and yet just enough detail and background to make the story solid.

Being an avid reader and lover of books, I enjoyed that part of the story takes place with the main character working in a bookstore.  I appreciate how the author gave some inside details about how the used book business works.  All in all, I thought the story flowed beautifully and wove the lives of these two very different women seamlessly as they were reunited.

Darlington hits on some very hard issues in this book such as alcoholism, abortion, domestic violence, grief and loss. For someone so young, she writes with a wisdom beyond her years.  I thought she handled her subject matter brilliantly and with grace.  Her faith is very clear all the way through this book and she was able to write about very sensitive subjects and yet maintain the integrity of her beliefs.  Though the main character struggles with hard-core issues, the story is tactful and meaningful.

No surprise that Thicker Than Blood won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.

I look forward to reading more of C.J. Darlington’s books!  

You can read the first chapter HERE

Read the story behind the story here

NOTE:  Bound By Guilt, the sequel to Thicker Than Blood  is currently in the works and should be out by early 2011.   Read more about it here on C.J.'s blog!

C.J. Darlington

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. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about books, writing, and publishing. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.

Visit C.J.'s official website

This book was provided free for review by the author.

1 comment:

C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks for reviewing Thicker than Blood! I'm glad you liked it!