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?
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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
Book #2: Bound by Guilt
Book #3: Ties that Bind
Book #4: Running on Empty
“C. J. Darlington is the kind of new novelist that makes us at the Christian Writers Guild proud. 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 and owner of the Christian Writers Guild
“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/best selling author
paced story of second chances, tenacity, and tenderness—and especially
love that refuses to surrender to circumstance.”
Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy
"I was swept into Thicker Than Blood from page one. This beautifully rendered novel, full of heart and hope, has me looking forward to more from C. J. Darlington. A smashing debut."
James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived and Try Fear.
"C.J. Darlington explores the bonds between sisters and beautifully portrays the hope of redeeming a past full of regrets. A colorful cast of supporting characters rounds out a first-rate first novel. I look forward to more from this promising new writer."
Deborah Raney, author of Above All Things and the Clayburn Novels
"A page-turning debut novel from a talented writer. Darlington provides a fascinating peek into the world of antiquarian books, as well as a riveting glimpse of a family undone, and God’s powerful reach in all their lives. Thicker than Blood will have you turning the pages, entranced with its beautiful prose and characters who won't let you go."
Jenny B. Jones, award winning author of Just Between You and Me and A Charmed Life series
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
Sibella Giorello, Pulitzer Prize nominee and award winning author of The Stones Cry Out and The Rivers Run Dry
"Thicker than Blood explores addiction, betrayal, and the common bond of family through the eyes of two sisters, both heartbroken, both longing for restoration. You’ll cheer as the sisters discover each other’s heart."
Mary E. DeMuth, author of Daisy Chain
"Thicker Than Blood is an emotional, suspenseful debut novel. Sympathetic characters and strong prose pulled me in and kept me reading for two days straight. Bravo, C.J.!"
Elizabeth White, author of Tour de Force and 2009 ACFW Book of the Year finalist Controlling Interest