Saturday, January 23, 2010

Title Trakk Blog Tour: Thicker Than Blood by C J Darlington Blog Tours Presents:

Thicker than Blood
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!

Christy Williams finally has her life 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?

My thoughts:

If I could describe CJ Darlington's novel with one word, it would be authentic. Authentic in her portrayal of two sisters; Christy, struggling with alcoholism and abuse, and May, who is dealing with abandonment issues and financial distress. Authentic in giving us a view that reconciliation and redemption doesn't always come in touchy-feely ways. CJ also authentically weaves in her love of books through Christy's pursuits in the antiquarian book business, giving readers a wonderful background of the vocation that CJ herself enjoys.

I know we've only just begun 2010, but I have to say that Thicker than Blood is already going on my list of best books this year. It was obvious as I read through the book why it was the winner of Operation First Novel. CJ exceeded my every expectation with this book, and I sincerely look forward to more novels showcasing her amazing talent.

With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss.
--Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best selling author

If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace.
--Rebecca St. James, Grammy award winning Christian singer and bestselling author

With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she's a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it.
--Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away

Watch the book trailer:

About the Author:
C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novel before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.

C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website for more info.


Review copy generously provided by Tyndale House.


CeeCee said...

Authentic describes the story to a T. I can't wait to her next book either.

C.J. Darlington said...

I am touched you found the story authentic. That's music to my ears and what I was striving for. :) Thank you so much for taking the time to post and review Thicker than Blood!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read this book. Looks good.