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Blood Sisters [Kindle Edition]

Melody Carlson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"…any story by Carlson is worth encountering."
–Booklist

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
"We'll always be best friends."

"That afternoon Mr. Jones read to them from Tom Sawyer, and when he reached the part about blood brothers, Judith knew just what she and Jasmine should do. Hidden behind an oak tree, the little girls jabbed their forefingers with a thumbtack and mixed their blood to become honest-to-goodness blood sisters. In their childish hearts they vowed to be best friends forever and ever."

A mysterious envelope...
A shocking obituary...
A tumultuous trip to the past...

Judith Blackwell returns to Cedar Crest trying to understand the sudden death of her dearest childhood friend, Jasmine Morrison. But her questions seem only to raise more questions. What is the dark secret of the sleepy little town she once called home? Why hadn't Jasmine been in contact with her? And where is God in all this? In her quest for the truth in matters of the heart and faith, Judith turns to a dedicated police detective. Together they form a plan that could either save Cedar Crest or send them tumbling down the same desperate road Jasmine found herself on.

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REVIEWS:
"Ms. Carlson's characters are realistic and facing issues that relevant in today's world."
–Romance Readers Connection

"Melody Carlson's style is mature and bitingly funny, and her gift for connecting our heart to the character's plight also connects us to the complicated human condition and our need for one another."
–Patricia Hickman, author of Painted Dresses

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melody Carlson is the bestselling author of more than 200 books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She has won various awards for her writing, including the Gold Medallion and The Rita Award, which was won for Homeward. She and her husband divide their time between the beautiful Cascade Mountains and the coast of Oregon. Writing is both her work and passion.


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About the Author

Melody Carlson is the bestselling author of more than 200 books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She has won various awards for her writing, including the Gold Medallion and The Rita Award, which was won for Homeward. She and her husband divide their time between the beautiful Cascade Mountains and the coast of Oregon. Writing is both her work and passion.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 454 pages
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 2 edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NC1AHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and touching January 30, 2003
By Ange
Format:Paperback
A very good book. The author doesn't smack you on the hand with heavy-handed theology and unrealistic portraits of sainted Christians and bedeviled non-Christians. Instead, she paints a picture of flawed people searching for answers, and other flawed people relying on their faith to sustain them in times of trial. Even the "bad guy" has a human side.
As a Christian, a minority and an Oregonian, I know a lot of what she writes is true. The trials faced by the protagonist and other characters with regard to the "face of the town" do exist in this day and age. Many of the people who spew the garbage facing the protagonist call themselves "Christian" and in another breath defy Paul's words of hope and salvation: "Christ is all and in all."
Things wrap up a little too neatly at the end, and some characters do not have enough depth, but overall, it's a good book with an inspiring, if sometimes painful, message about things we often don't want to think about.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sisters was awesome! August 9, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I could harldy put this book down! I had to force myself to stop reading it! Definately one of M. Carlson's best! A heartwarming novel covering important subjects such as racism and how to deal with the issues (put a stop to it!). An overall great book that I recommend to anyone!
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICANT! August 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book has achieved AND conquered several different levels that one would not expect from a 'Christian' book.
To say how this book is able to captivate readers until the very end is something I've yet to find the words for, but rest assured it is one of the best Christian AND suspence books I've yet to read! (the Bible being an exception of course!)
Well done M. Carlson!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story... January 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an honest story about prejudice and senseless hatred that brings about sad consequences. I enjoyed the writing style and the author gave great descriptions of the characters and the setting. This was my first "Christian" novel. Though not too preachy, as a person that has studied the bible, I felt as if the lessons were predictable and more suitable as a study for nonbelievers. (Though we can all benefit from the basics). I'm not sure what I expected from "Christian" fiction and I'm still deciding whether I like having a built in devotional lesson in a fiction novel. I felt like the author could have developed the romantic relationship in the story a little more. I appreciate the message the author was trying to convey. Overall, I enjoyed it as a free book.

Worth mentioning....there were many errors such as type setting, punctuation, and spelling. I'm wondering if this was the final edited version? ? ? It bothered me and was distracting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally intense book January 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read a number of books by this author and this is the best so far. She really deals with some heavy emotional issues as well has racial extremism. I have been aware of the "white supremacy" issues but this delved in it a lot. It dealt with times from the 1960's until the 1990's from the view point of the south and the northwest. It also dealt with the big cities verses the small towns.

Grief plays a large part of the emotional package of this book. Dealing with the death of a child from Leukemia, the husband from a plane crash and a "blood sister" who took her own life or so it seemed. As an investigation continues, Judith gets more involved then she would think possible.

There is a depth to this book that most do not reach, especially Christian based books. With that depth you can be assured that it is still "clean" in language and it thoughts. A very well thought out and interesting book. I really enjoyed reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humbeling January 25, 2013
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Blood sisters is the first book I have read by melody Carlson and if her other books are this good I can't wait to read them Blood sisters is such an inspiring lesson for all of us about how we should all love each other in spite of our differences and maybe because of them. This book made me cry and also feel good. And it told how important God can be to someone in crisis loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising start, but flawed portrayal July 26, 2014
By EmJaye
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I found the concept of the story compelling, I was deeply troubled and distressed by Ms Carlson's subversive portrayal of the racist Southerners who were controlling the town. Ms Carlson paints these people as politically conservative preppers who have a fixation on firearms.

Firstly, I believe Ms Carlson should look at the Democrat history of the South to see that it was the Republican (conservative) party who were the first to embrace equality in the South (Every one of the first black Southern congressmen were Republican, and, no, the parties did not actually magically switch identities around that time.) and it was the Democrats through the Civil Rights era who pushed for Jim Crow laws and rejected equal rights for black people. Portraying these deeply racist Southerners as conservative is a factual flaw on Ms Carlson's part. Distrust of the government is not a sign of racism, nor are concerns about the erosion of individual liberties in the United States, although Ms Carlson implies such.

Secondly, neither 'prepping' nor firearm ownership is a sign of extremism. People who own and carry multiple firearms and/or make preparations for extreme emergencies are not, by and large, extremists. They are people who are invested in taking care of their families.

Ms Carlson draws on many 'acceptable' 'extremist' stereotypes to create her racists, tarring many groups with the same brush.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sisters
Melody Carlson says writing is both her work and her passion. That is very apparent in Blood Sisters. Read more
Published 9 days ago by dobermom
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Published 1 month ago by Michael Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends, Always! No matter What!
Best Friends, Always! No matter What! A great gripping story of old friendships, new beginnings, Gods Grace, and how important it is to wait upon the Lord, not to take our life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rusti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book by Melody!
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Wengerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed this book and have ordered more book by Melody Carlson.
Published 3 months ago by Sookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read!
Very thought provoking. I appreciated how she suggest that we not judge if we've not been through a similar experience ourselves.
Published 6 months ago by Stacy Garrett
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
disjointed plot and hard-to-believe elements. Sophomoric effort.
Published 8 months ago by Lori Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I really enjoyed this book. Getting ready to buy another one by this author.
Published 8 months ago by Mary J. Glenn
3.0 out of 5 stars Casual read
Read for Book club and just felt it dragged on and on and I had hard time finishing this story.

I think it just may not have been my type of story.
Published 8 months ago by traveling judy
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
This book had a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading! Just about the time I'm ready to lay it down to go to sleep, something happened in the story that I just had to read... Read more
Published 8 months ago by arlene
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More About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

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