I had the pleasure of reading Thicker Than Blood, which was sent to me by none other than C.J. Darlington! Whom I’ve been blessed to converse with over Facebook, ACFW and her blog; and the moment I heard about this book I wanted to read it. C.J. is an inspiring writer both in and out of the page.
Thicker Than Blood opens up with thirty-three year-old Christy being pulled over and then arrested for driving under the influence on her birthday. A bit depressing at first read...and even more so once we find out who she calls to pick her up from jail in order to avoid losing the job she loves at a used bookstore and one of her only real friends and boss. However, from there, we see Christy’s story unfold and how it overlaps with that of her sister Mary’s and what exactly it is that Christy was running from all these years. We also find out whether or not the past and her present troubles will take her back to her sister and reunite them.
What Christy doesn’t know is that Mary has found something else, something “thicker than blood” while Christy has been gone. We find out what that is and get to see how this affects Christy and helps her to deal with her past and present troubles and what she chooses to do with the steps towards her future. The characters and the struggles they deal with are very real and put in dangerous situations at times that hopefully most of us won't face in everyday life.
It’s an exciting and enjoyable read filled with grace for ones past and hope for the future that I was so honored to have had the opportunity to have received and read. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of "Thicker Than Blood" and read it! I can’t wait for the next installment “Bound by Guilt”, which comes out in the beginning of 2011! You can find out more about both books and C.J. Darlington at her website http://www.cjdarlington.com/.