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Thicker than Blood [Paperback] Unknown Binding – 2009

Book 1 of 3 in the Thicker than Blood Series

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  • ASIN: B004T3XIN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (606 customer reviews)

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C. J. has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. She has also written Jupiter Winds, a YA space adventure.

In 2013 C. J. started the publishing company, Mountainview Books, LLC. and has had the privilege of publishing authors like James Pence, Don Brown, and Darcie J. Gudger. A homeschool graduate, C.J lives in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint mare named Sky.

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It was a good story and well written.
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Great book it kept your interest so you didn't want to put it down until I was finished.
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This is a story of redemption and God's love.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Deena Peterson on January 2, 2010
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I receive many joys from reviewing books. One that is a real rush for me is getting sneak peeks into books destined to be best sellers. I was honored with an early read of C.J. Darlington's entry into the Christian Writer's Guild first novel contest.

"Thicker Than Blood" was the winner for 2009, and from the first chapter I knew C.J. had penned a winning story. Christy Williams has spent the past fifteen years running. Now she's trying to get her life together and be a successful antiquarian book buyer.

But when a first edition book ends up planted in her car, framing her for a crime she didn't commit, will the truth of her real crimes cost her everything she's worked for?

After a tragic event robs Christy of her safety, she runs to her younger sister, May...the sister she abandoned without a word after their parents' untimely death. Will May have a heart of forgiveness toward her older sister, or condemn her, just as Christy condemns herself?

Filled with unique flavor and genuine relationships, "Thicker Than Blood" is guaranteed to strike a chord in your heart. I have two daughters myself: one who is following God and one who has walked away from all she believed. I could easily see this story as their story--minus the ranch!

C.J. Darlington is a debut novelist to watch. Her story is rich and has a depth missing in a lot of fiction these days. Her eye for detail and for intriguing setting is sure to mark her as a shining star in the publishing world.

In addition, C.J.'s message of faith is authentic without being preachy or over the top. Her presentation of the gospel is not only engaging, but I believe it will reach anyone with it's heart and message of love and hope.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By H. Main on December 29, 2009
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Oh my....What a wonderful novel by debut author C.J. Darlington (and what does C.J. stand for - she's mysterious as well!). I'll start with the thing that I loved the most - the evangelistic angle. C.J. created characters that real people will connect with. And these characters find out, in normal conversation, why they need Jesus and the possibility their lives have if they accept Christ into their hearts. A very clever way to get the gospel across. But even more clever because the sticking points the characters had, you'll have to read the book to find out what they were, are very common. A strong salvation message that meet seekers where they are.
Alcoholism. Physical abuse. Stealing, Lying. Trust issues. Abandonment. These issues and more are explored in this novel. Each of the characters in Thicker Than Blood sound different. The pacing is perfect. The scenes are skillfully set (I grew up on a horse farm in Upstate New York, so I can tell you the horse and farm scenes are very realistic). And the chapter endings make this novel a page turner - one you simply can't put down.
A unique and masterfully written novel. Get it and read it - you'll be thankful you did!
C.J has posted the first chapter on her website, check it out!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By s a park on September 12, 2014
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I like for a book to have a ending, with no loose ends. This book has several unfinished issues just so the author wants to tie these in to another book to sell. This makes me angry, I will not be reading/buying anything else from this author.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on December 25, 2009
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There are just some things out there that can't be bought. And with the love and support won over by newcomer C.J. Darlington, you won't have to bribe too many people to read fiction this good. She's won me over WAY before this debut, "Thicker Than Blood," with an amazing website like Title Trakk, and then just gives me more of a reason to cheer her on! And if a debut weren't enough, she has the support of some legends in the world of Christian entertainment. Authors like James Scott Bell and Jerry Jenkins have given the nod to her, and voices as familiar as Rebecca St. James gives her seal of approval as well! That's incredible, and I give my humble applause as well.

We join the likes of Christy Williams, a gal with some weight on her shoulders that only a bottle and pack of Winston cigarettes seem to cure. At least on a temporary basis, that is. And when trouble comes calling, abusive Vince seems to be in the shadows of it all. And working for a used bookstore, she's just trying to do her best and convince people she can do a thing or two. And all of a sudden, Christy is caught between a rock and a hard place, and desperate measures might have to be taken.

In the midst of all this, a few hours away, Christy's sister, May, works on a ranch. She wonders what has happened to her long lost sister. Until she shows up on her doorstep. And showing her Aunt Edna's love and compassion, she hopes to mend a few things, and that things might come to light. Well, the bell just may toll in this case. But then again, there are some nasty things that lurk about.

The one thing I kept thinking of was how Darlington compares with the guts of W. Dale Cramer. And I just couldn't help but think of how much fun I was really having after turning that first page! C.J.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fabry on December 23, 2009
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C.J. Darlington knows the value of old books on the shelf. Now she proves she can craft a great story with heart and soul. The characters here feel real to me, with all of their brokenness and heartache. It didn't hurt that C.J. chose some of my old stomping grounds to set the story. She got it right. I can't wait for her next work of fiction.
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