Review: Thicker than Blood


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?


CJ Darlington’s Thicker than Blood (Tyndale, 2009) is an artfully crafted tale that sucks you in from the very first page. Christy Williams is a complex character that you can connect to as a reader. With each page, I wanted to know more about her.

The secondary characters are all intriguing and well developed. Christy’s sister, May, is a very compassionate person and as a country girl myself, I approve of her choice of career. J

Darlington gives the villain more than just one face and enough information to make him more than just the “bad guy.” He is a classic example of the way all antagonists should have a sliver of redeeming qualities.

Darlington’s breadth of knowledge about antique books comes through the text and fascinated me. I still feel the urge to go to an old bookstore now to do some book scouting. The plot was full of excitement and twists and turns that were never overdone or unbelievable.

The story and tie between the two sisters truly touched my heart and made me so thankful for my own relationship with my little sister. This book kept me hooked all the way through and I even woke up early on my day off to keep reading! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a story of forgiveness and hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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