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Thicker than Blood Paperback – December 17, 2009
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Darlington, a debut author and winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest, enters the evangelical Christian publishing arena with a story that deals in antique bookselling and unresolved interpersonal relationships. Orphaned sisters Christy and May Williams have chosen very different paths after the sudden death of their parents 15 years earlier. Christy retreats into alcohol and abusive relationships, while younger sister May tries her hand at running a ranch. When the death of a close relative brings the two estranged sisters together, internal pain resurfaces that cannot be ignored by either one. Slowly, amid violence and false accusations, Christy moves toward May, emotionally and spiritually, as both young women discover the possibility of second chances. Darlington's setting in the fascinating world of antiquarian bookselling is clever; unfortunately much of the story is too formulaic to provide what could have been a compelling reading excursion. (Jan.)
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Two sisters are on totally different paths. Christy left home at an early age, and now works at a bookstore specializing in rare and first editions. She has fallen for a man who shares her bibliopassion. However, Christy soon finds out that the love of her life is cheating her boss—and friend—out of valuable volumes. And then he blackmails her into helping him. Sister May, on the other hand, stays on the ranch, following the religious tenets of her beloved aunt Edna. Life is bleak for Christy as an unwilling accomplice. But things aren’t going well for May either. Aunt Edna has died, and May can’t afford to keep the ranch. Fans of faith-based novels will enjoy Darlington’s modern twist on the parable of the Prodigal Son. --Shelley Mosley
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I have also read a lot better.
I found the alcoholic character to be fairly well done (I have known enough to recognize this type) but she is annoying. She keeps making bad decisions, is using the alcohol to run away from one of them, and is pretty weak overall. The bookstore owner's son is probably the most interesting character, because he takes action in a smart way. The stalker ex-boyfriend character is a little too-over-the-top - twirling his moustache and petting his white Persian cat while plotting his next move would not come amiss.
It is a little preachy, but the religious characters are fairly natural. I liked the one character in the Christian group who had issues in his life previously who understood that just going to church once and getting saved was not going to fix the alcoholic character's problems. However, he loses points for his actions towards the stalker-ex. The author gets in some inaccurate anti-abortion propaganda BS as part of the alcoholic character's backstory, but I give her points for not making it the only issue.
The whole part where things aren't really tied off is annoying, especially since it's a good-size book.
If anyone has ever wondered how two people who grew up with the same parents, in the same environment, can turn out to be completely opposite of each other, this book offers a glimpse into how such a thing is possible. With this book, Darlington explores how to cope with tragedy and what it means to forgive.
Two sisters whose parents die then the oldest leaves for 15 yrs. She is hurting and has done things she knows is wrong and does not think her sister could accept her now.
-- I do not tell everything about books I read - if I did then why would you want to read the book & why I only skim over reviews & if it is telling me too much, I do not read it.
--that said, this book is mainly centered around the oldest sister & her hurts + a former lover who is very possessive - so much so that he has physically abused her - But there is much more than that.