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Thicker Than Blood

(Thicker Than Blood #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,883 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Alt Cover: ASIN B00EZE38GA

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,
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published December 2017 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Natalie Vellacott
This is the second novel I have read by this author but I read them in the wrong order. I loved Bound by Guilt the second in this series. I also enjoyed this book, although not quite as much. The author's style has progressed and developed as she writes more books.

Thicker than Blood is the story of two sisters who become separated after a family tragedy. Their lives follow very different paths--May goes to live with an older relative and eventually achieves her dream of working on a beautiful ra
Lydia Howe
I don't know what it is about C. J. Darlington's books, but they somehow reel me in and really grab ahold of me. Even though I've read them before and know what's going to happen, I still find myself just wanting to read, read, read them.

The books are really well written and going back to them feels like revisiting an old friend. There's some violence in the book, but I feel like it was handled well and everything in it added to the story. (As in, nothing was there simply for shock value.) Ther
R.J. Rodda
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, suspense
A love of books shines through this story. Even the villain treasures his book collection and mourns when he loses it. The world of valuable first editions and book auctions give colour and interest to this story which is really about a troubled girl finding her way back to family and discovering faith for the first time. I dubbed this romantic suspense because I thought that this was how this would end up but it didn't and actually it was kind of nice to have it be about Christy getting back on ...more
SA Krishnan
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read.
As Chrissy's story starts, the readers come to know that she and her sister have not spoken with each other since the death of the parents ten years back. Now Chrissy works in an antique book shop and when things go out of hand there, she has to go to her sister's place for safety.
The relationship between the sisters is veyr well brought out and how they overcome their problems and trust each other to overcome the hurdle made a very interesting read.
Christy and May have not seen each other for 15 years since their parents died in a car crash. Christy works at a antique book store as a book clerk but after dangerous circumstances from a stalker ex-boyfriend who she worked with at the bookstore happen to her, she ends up at the Cattle Ranch where her sister May lives at. Can the sisters overcome their obstacles and trust in God to help them with it? Read this book and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good Christian fiction book I got f
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, but it won't move my last! Involves horses, an awesome bookstore, a difficult past, second chances and a lot of tense moments. Trigger warnings for domestic violence, alcoholism and abortion. ...more
A nice read dealing with deep issues which I loved. I really enjoyed the characters and loved watching the main character grow. I also loved the setting on the ranch and it was fun reading about valuable books, that was brand new to me. All around good book and would recommend!
Heidi Main
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Heidi by: Tyndale
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 poi ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
This was just not a great book. Eighteen year old Christy and her 15 year old sister were left orphans when their parents died in an accident as they were rushing back for her 18th birthday. Christy dropped May off at their aunt's house and drove away, not seeing anyone again until her aunt dies 15 years later, leaving an inheritance.
Christy has had a hard life since she went out on her own, but it's all been of her own making.
I'm 60% through the book, and pretty much not liking it at all. I don
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! I'm picky about fiction books but this one blew me away. I absolutely loved it. First thing I appreciated was the fact that they showed Christians who had problems, becoming a Christian didn't solve all the characters problems, their faith instead helped them through the problems. The entire story was very believable in view of the character's faith and belief (or lack thereof.)
Second, I'm a farm girl. It bugs me to no end when people write about farming and ranching and they don't get th
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I started this story I figured it was going to be pretty predictable. And although there were aspects that were not everything turned out as I expected. The main character, Christie, was your typical messed up daughter of alcoholic parents. She was selfish as well as self destructing. She also couldn't believe her sister could forgive her of her past. She was also carrying a tremendous guilt.
The author tackled a tough subject in Christie's life and I think she did a great job bringing to ligh
It's very rare that I read a book and romance isn't the key factor of the story. I'm not against it at all...this book was just refreshing and full of so much more. I didn't have to be distracted by the meaning of the story by wondering who was going to get together with who. Christy's struggle with her past life was so real. I wanted to punch Vince, and I really, really liked May (Christy's sister), Jim (May's foreman), and Ruth. Their relationship is so nice and down to earth. I love how the s ...more
Ashley Drumm
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story. This young woman went through so much. I love to read this one over and over.
I really enjoyed this. Good story, well-drawn characters.
lesley hernandez
I loved this story so much May looking for her sister how Aunt Edna would be the prayer answered for May and Christy to reunite. Christy is so messed up and it seems like she is down on her luck her life spiraling out of control. Vince ugh such a jerk is being a bad guy overall being evil Christy manages to go home to her sister May May is a Christian in every sense. Vince is like the enemy of darkness in flesh wants to destroy all but Christy call out to God recieved his light and hope I so wan ...more
Angie Thompson
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
I realized going in that the MC had a rough backstory, but I didn't realize we would actually be in that backstory for the first part of the book. I felt like the author did a good job of not going into a lot of detail, but all the drinking and the fact that she's been living with her abusive boyfriend was more than I like to imagine. Just not for me. ...more
Lisa Johnson
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Thicker than Blood
Author: C. J. Darlington
Pages: 400
Year: 2013
Publisher: Mountainview Books
The novel opens up with action from the first sentence until the very end, increasing intensity along the way with twists and turns in the plot! May is raised by her Aunt Edna after the death of her parents. Her older sister Christy hasn’t been around for years, and May has no clue where she lives or works. Christy works for a bookstore that sells rare
Nike Chillemi
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do we lovers of Christian fiction ever think of the book in our hands, the object itself, as having value—a first edition perhaps? In C.J. Darlington’s Thicker Than Blood, Christy Williams works in just such a place, Dawson’s Book Barn, where costly works have recently gone missing—stolen. There have been deceptions. Even her hands have not been clean.

The story opens when Christy gets a DUI on her 33rd birthday. She certainly can’t call May, the younger sister she abandoned two decades earlier a
Myrtle Va nWashenova

Good read. Real page Turner. Enough christian wisdom to make you think . I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and gang wait to read book 2.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Darlington is a new author with her debut novel, Thicker than Blood. I wouldn’t have guessed it was her first novel and honestly I’ll be looking out for her in the future.

So, what is this book about?

Christy’s life is a mess. She’s 33, a drunk, and just running away from everything. She has a love for books, but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Why can’t she keep herself from sinking? When the death of her aunt leads her back to her old home that she so desperately ran from as a youth, she
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Thicker Than Blood, by CJ Darlington
2009 Tyndale

Darlington pulls no punches with her debut novel about broken people in a hurtful world.

Orphaned on the cusp of womanhood, Christy leaves everything and everyone, including her little sister, behind to follow a boyfriend to another state. Too young and naïve to pull herself together, Christy falls into the same addictive habits that killed her parents.

Well into her thirties, Christy finds someone who can believe in her when she lands a j

As I read C.J. Darlington’s first novel, Thicker Than Blood, I found it hard to believe that this was her FIRST novel. This book is the work of a professional, seasoned writer and I thought it was fantastic!

The storyline involving two sisters who’ve been estranged, held my interest and kept me reading. The pace of the novel was perfect – fast enough to keep my attention and yet just enough detail and background to make the story solid.

Being an avid reader and lover of books, I enjoyed that part
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ereads
This book reads like a well seasoned author at the wheel. Pacing is steady. No details left out or leaving me questioning. Conflicts all round are believable and consistent with the protagonist's life choices and situations. No frustration with maturity of the characters' responses as they were accurate to their ages in today's culture and society. A good depiction of faith lived rather than told. Can be a pet peeve for inspy reads; not an issue here.

The story itself captured my
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! All I can say is wow! I can not believe that this is CJ Darlington's first book, it is that good! I started it a few days ago and had to set it aside but once I picked it up again today to read I could not put it down. It is highly unusual for me to be so engrossed in a book that is not a romance. I'm embarrassed to admit it but facts are facts.

Christy Williams, the main character is terrific. She's flawed. She smokes, she drinks, and she has a past not unlike a lot of people today. She's n
Claire Banschbach
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really amazing! I had picked it up at the library since I'd enjoyed another of the author's books (albeit in a completely different genre) and am really glad I did. I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction but I really recommend this book.

It's a story about redemption. The main character is struggling with addiction and guilt. Her sister just wants to see her after she walked out fifteen years ago. They're both very solid and real characters. The supporting cast is all amazing a
I wrote this review at the time, but didn't realise I hadn't posted it until now when I'm doing a check on my read books that are missing reviews!

I wasn’t sure what to think about this one - it was a free iBook, and sometimes I’ve read some free e-books that really aren’t worth even the data I wasted downloading them. But this one was good - not earth-shattering, but good. It’s somewhat predictable, although some of the things I thought would happen didn’t, and I didn’t see some of the events co
I got this free from Kindle about a year ago but went into it blind. This is a novel dealing with a sister, Christy, whose life is spiralling out of control but also works with selling used books. There is some depth to her character. She has abandoned her family and no-one except a family friend knows how to contact her. Meanwhile her younger sister May thinks she has been abandoned and hated by her sister. But their lives are about to take a turn.

This is a predictable read but still enjoyable
Danae Whitteker
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read. To be honest I haven't liked much of the Christian fiction I've read... too unrealistic and trite for me. But I really enjoyed this one. In fact, I wasn't even positive it was Christian until quite a way through. Although that may not seem good to some, I think a Christian author who can write about non-Christian characters in a realistic way has real talent. My only complaint is that the ending was a bit abrupt compared to the rest of the story. Overall though it ...more
Jill Kemerer
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Darlington shows her impressive writing skills in her debut novel, Thicker Than Blood. The story of two sisters apart for fifteen years and brought together through a series of painful events intrigued me from the opening line.

While I liked the book, the slow pace and multiple points of view kept me from truly engaging with the story. But the beautiful message based on the Prodigal Son and strong writing cannot be ignored.
I really was expecting to love this book, so I was somewhat disappointed. The synopsis called it a "stunning debut", so I guess I was anticipating being sucked into the story. It just didn't hold my interest well enough. I still plan to keep her next novel on my to-read list, but I'm not in a hurry to read it at this point. ...more
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C. J.'s love of reading began when 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 a national writing contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She ...more

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