Christy Williams finally has her life back on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late? A stunning debut from the latest Christian Writers Guild winner. (From Tyndale Publishing website)


C. J. Darlington is the winner of the 2008 Jerry. B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for Thicker Than Blood, which she began writing as a 15 year-old home school student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores before cofounding her own online bookstore. She also cofounded the Christian entertainment Web site http://www.TitleTrakk.com. Visit her Web site at http://www.cjdarlington.com.


Thicker Than Blood is a captivating look into the lives of two sisters, Christy and May Williams, their estrangement, personal struggles, triumphs and their reunion. But it is also a book of healing and love, mercy and grace, and redemption and restoration.

Ms. Darlington incorporates her own experience as an antiquarian bookseller into Christy’s life as her career. But when accusations are made against Christy by her ex-boyfriend and fellow employee of Dawson’s Book Barn, her career seems to be over and she heads for May, her sister’s, ranch. Upon arrival, Christy soon learns that not all is as it seems at the ranch.

Thicker Than Blood will cause the reader to reflect upon their own relationship(s) with family members and with God. This book is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read and this reviewer highly recommends it to all lovers of suspense novels.
In her unique, individualistic way, Ms. Darlington has proven that love is truly Thicker Than Blood.

Ms. Darlington has kindly provided an autographed copy of Thicker Than Blood that I will be giving away in a drawing on Monday, January 4, 2010. Please leave a comment and your email address that I may contact you if you are the winner. This contest is open only to U. S. residents and is void where prohibited.


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