Thicker than Blood

Thicker than Blood

by C. J. Darlington

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Thicker than Blood by C. J. Darlington

Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build her career as a buyer for a large used bookstore. So far she’s been able to keep her drinking problem at bay, but everything changes when she lands a DUI on her thirty-third birthday.

When she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit at work, she has nowhere to turn. She yearns for her estranged family, especially her younger sister May whom she hasn’t seen for fifteen years. Now the owner of a failing cattle ranch in Elk Valley, Colorado, May couldn’t possibly want a relationship with the big sister who didn’t even say good-bye all those years ago, could she?

Soon Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her abusive ex-boyfriend, and God. Could the Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for, or will May’s new-found faith give her even more reason to reject Christy?

Thicker than Blood is Book #1 in the Thicker than Blood series.

All books stand alone entirely and can be read independently of each other, but for the best reading experience, we suggest reading them in order:

Book #1: Thicker than Blood
Book #2: Bound by Guilt
Book #3: Ties that Bind
Book #4: Running on Empty

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046246247
Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Thicker than Blood , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,772
File size: 485 KB

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Jerry B. Jenkins

With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort.

Rebecca St. James

An imaginative new novel of modern-day sisterhood that triumphs over the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace.

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Thicker Than Blood 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
DebPiccurelli More than 1 year ago
In Thicker than Blood, Christy Williams is a book lover. More than that, she's an antique book lover, fast becoming an expert. She works at her dream job in an antique book store, while the owner's son preps her to become a buyer at auction. Then a stolen Hemingway first edition leads her back to the younger sister she abandoned years ago, fearing for her life. Christy and May have a bittersweet reunion, but seek to discover if family ties are thicker than blood. This is a novel that I was able to really sink my teeth into. One of those books with meat to it, if you know what I mean. The characters aren't all shiny, perfect, goody-two-shoes. On the contrary, they have messy, mixed-up lives. Christy is an alcoholic and a smoker. In fact, she nurses a bottle or lights up a cigarette pretty frequently throughout the story, especially when things get rough, as would any real person with addictions. Another thing about her is that she had been living with her unsavory boyfriend, and left him, but allows him to lure her back to his place after bailing her out of jail. See what I mean? Messier by the minute, just like real life, which makes the payoff and the takeaway all the more sweet. There's more, but I don't want to reveal too much. Thicker than Blood is a Christian Writers Guild award winner, so you can trust its excellence. I intend to watch for more from C.J. Darlington, because I think she'll go far in the Christian publishing business.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Thicker than Blood was a great debut. The voice of the author is smooth-flowing and believable. There was nothing clunky or hard to understand. I loved the theme about collecting and selling old books and the story surrounding the sisters. I also loved how realistically domestic violence and alcoholism is portrayed. That was very well done. There are some great themes in this book and it has a solid message. I had difficulty putting it down because everything progressed in the story at a good pace. Also, when it comes to torturing her characters, CJ is a master. I felt so bad for these ladies. I enjoyed watching how God worked through their difficult circumstances to make something beautiful happen that would change their lives in the end. I really enjoyed this story.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Nitty gritty honest truth under your skin, but you have to turn to the page and find out what happens next. I have been anticipating this book as C.J. Darlington is such a great influence in the online book blogging and publication world. I was not disappointed. Especially as I am not a contemporary Christian fiction fan and yet I enjoyed this one and will definitely pick up future titles from C.J. Full of suspense and easily a page turner, this one goes on the keeper shelf.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
It was a good book for a first novel. I did have difficulty getting involved in the story. It seemed to move slowly but about half-way through it picked up and by the end I was definitely involved with the characters. The author has shown a familiarity with both bookstores, book antiquities, and ranchland living at the edge of the Western mountains, two very diverse cultures. The characters are believable and their reactions to their circumstances understandable within the context of the story. The raw emotions and flashbacks of the one sister contrasted nicely with the peaceful but frustrated emotions of the other sister who was trying to learn who her sister really was under the walled layers. I look forward to C.J.'s second novel.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Christy and May Williams lost their parents fifteen years earlier. They also lost touch. The death of their Aunt Edna, will bring them back together again. However much has changed in those fifteen years. They have each grown older, of course, but they each have also had their own issues and hard times to handle. Each girl has handled their own problems differently. Unfortunately Christy turned to booze to take away her pains, and now the pain of the past and the horribleness of the present is about to swallow her up. Accused of stealing and bilking her employers out of thousands of dollars, Christy believes it really can't get worse, she is fixing to find out it can and does get worse. Her apartment is torched and Christy turns to the only person left in her life who might care, her sister May. However, the crazy man in her life who torched her apartment is determined that if he can't have her, no one, not even her family can. A book filled with the sadness of facing problems, the dangers of being stalked by a madman and the uncertainity of how her relationship with her sister can be mended. C.J.Darlington has brought a book to keep you reading cover to cover. A definite hit for this young author. 372 pages $12.99 US Available January 2010 4 stars For more information about this author see her website C.J. This book was provided for review purposes only, no cash or payment was recieved for this review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Excellent Read! Darlington is a gifted writer with a clear understanding of how to capture the reader's interest, hook their curiosity and draw their imagination into the story "net". My emotions wrapped around each character...cheering for the heroines (Yes, there were several) and deploring (putting it mildy!) the villian. What a great story! Please write a sequel! Keep writing, CJ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was by far one of the best christian books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thicker than Blood is a captivating story. It held my attention so much that I didn’t want to put it down. The main characters Christy and May are sisters that have not had any contact with each other for many years. The story takes us through each of their lives separately and then what happens when they are reunited. This is a beautiful story about sisterly love and forgiveness and God’s ultimate love and forgiveness.
babyree29 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I enjoyed the places this book took me to. The forgiveness and love between siblings that can never be forsaken. I cant imagine anyone not loving their brother/sister as much as i love mine. Mahalo for taking into account my humble opininon!
Kellie-Ann Davis More than 1 year ago
Good book to read when you want something easy to relax. It is worth downloading. More than 1 year ago
Christy Williams has cut herself off from her family, and can't seem to find her way back. Too many bad decisions. Too many disastrous relationships. The one bright spot in her solitary life is her job at the used-book barn where she has learned to value rare first editions found at auctions and estate sales. Christy's life spirals downward when her former boyfriend/co-worker, frames her as a thief, and she finds herself without a job. Out of necessity, she finds refuge with her sister May at the ranch, but the rift between sisters is not easily repaired. And her rejected boyfriend is seeking deadly revenge. An intricately woven story of rejection and restoration, misunderstandings and forgiveness, THICKER THAN BLOOD is a truly satisfying read.
OregonAuthor More than 1 year ago
This author knows sisters. The differences, and mistakes, that can drive them apart. The bonds that tie them together. And apart is what the sisters in this book are. They live totally different lives, have totally different beliefs. And something one of them did fifteen years ago ended their relationship entirely. Is reconciliation possible? This book is about people and problems you won't soon forget, with a message not only for sisters but for any broken relationship
JenM7 More than 1 year ago
This is a suspenseful story of sisters Christy and May, in very different circumstances, and how they are pulled back into each other's lives. The author weaves her own interest in antiquarian book selling into the story. Though started when the author was 15, this is not a story for young readers. The struggles Christy deals with, some because of poor choices, were vividly portrayed. Her thoughts were shared as she lived through those situations and learned to hope in God. I received this book from the author for my review.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
Christy and May Williams are sisters who are living very different lives and haven't seen each other for years. Christy is drinking and is in abusive relationships, and her younger sister May is running a ranch. When the death of a close relative brings them back together, all the feelings from years ago come flooding back. Finally, Christy realizes she'd like to mend their relationship and draws closer to May. This is not your usual Christian Fiction. The story starts out with Chrisy being arrested for drunk driving and bail is paid by her abusive boyfriend. I liked that this book takes on subjects such as alcohol and emotional abuse. Not many authors of Christian Fiction write about these. The book is full of twists and just when you think you know where the book is headed, you are surprised with something that will take you down a path you would have never imagined. The characters are not all so nice, one in particular is the exact opposite. This is an amazingly written book and I think anyone who loves lots of twists and turns will enjoy it. *Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for this review copy*
twinsbur More than 1 year ago
In the book Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington there are two sisters Christy and May that are split apart after a tragic event that effects both their lives. Christy has many problems in her life and she turns to booze and cigarettes to help them all go away. When she is arrested for drunk driving she calls a coworker Vince and that is when her worst problems begin. She has to make a decision quickly in order to turn her life around. Christy has a secret that has haunted her for many years. Christy's sister May works on a ranch and has been wondering what has happened to her sister. She has tried to contact her many times and has had no luck. Christy shows up one day and brings her problems with her. Christy learns the lessons of compassion and forgiveness that May teaches her. There is a lot of excitement that happens on the ranch especially when Vince starts coming around. The book was well written. There were many different elements included in the book such as humor, suspense, mystery, emotions and Christian values. This was the author's debut novel that was written when she was fifteen years old and I am very impressed. I hope that she continues to write, and I look forward to reading her next novel.
NCgramof2 More than 1 year ago
This was a very dramatic story to me. I did not think that I would like this book too well once I had recieved it and started reading it. However, once I did start reading it, I found that I was truly fascinated by the characters and the plot. Having a sister myself,of whom I am extremely close to, I can't imagine ever being estrange from her as these two sisters were. The author did an outstanding job with the story line. She added twists and turns that I truly was not expecting. I was left on the edge of my seat many times. But something that sticks out in my mind, is the author's ability to weave an emotional message from God into the story. I sing praises for this author and her debut novel and will give high recommendation to this book and it's author, as I feel that many people would benefit from reading this emotional and compelling story of forgiveness and God's love. ~Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review~ ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
Cathi More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, C. J. Darlington writes as if she's been a best-seller for years. No doubt her experience as a book seller/broker and book lover have aided her, but so have many years of honing her skills in other writing opportunities. It has all come together nicely with Thicker Than Blood, winner of the 2008 Christian Writers' Guild 'Operation First Novel' Contest. There are heroes/heroines and villains, chase scenes, fire, threats, gunshots, injuries, internal and external conflict, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, hatred, moments of enlightenment, moments of despair. All the elements are here to make a great story, and C. J. combines them deftly. Her timing is well-paced and the build-up to the climax is maddening! The beginning seems to lag a bit, but that really is normal in setting up the story and the characters. Before long, though, it picks up amd moves quickly. I found myself thinking about the story while was doing other things (when I wanted to get to the end but had to do the mundane stuff); I was even imagining possible ways for it all to work out. Some of my ideas were right, but others were really off in left field, out in the cow pasture. Now that I've finished, I want to go back and revisit a few places. For me, this means it's a good book. This is not your run-of-the-mill average Christian romance novel, and I'm relieved to pass that on because there are so many romance novels following a set, predictable fomula. I kept looking for romances that didn't happen. I think the romance-gone-bad with Vince help set me up for that. And yet...Not going to spoil it any further. Let's just say it is an excellent Christian fiction novel that doesn't really fit into one of the normal genre cubbyholes, at least as far as I can see.
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years ago when their parents died, sisters May and Christy Williams reacted totally different though they shared in common deep grief for their loss. May became a rancher while Christy turned self destructive with alcohol and nasty relationships with a series of losers. However, thirty-three years old Christy is now cleaning up her act working extremely hard at Dawson's Book Barn in Longmont as a rare book buyer. In spite of her efforts, her past indiscretions haunt her especially getting caught in a DUI on her recent birthday so when stolen valuable first editions including a Hemingway are found in her home, she is the only suspect for the thefts. Needing time to prove her innocence and having a desire to see May, who she failed years ago, Christy heads to Triple Cross Ranch unaware that her recent past will follow her there. Although by the book (no pun intended towards Dawson's), this is a fascinating second chance for two estranged sisters who failed each other when each needed the other to reach out of the darkness of death. May found solace in God while Christi found hers in alcohol. Fans will enjoy this inspirational tale of the two siblings although the felonious subplot seems too obvious of a solution. Still Thicker than Blood is a deep tale of love between sisters and God. Harriet Klausner
lindimity More than 1 year ago
Real people with real problems learning to trust God. Very enjoyable book.
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Excellent story, am looking forward to reading the next book.
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