Reviews of C.J.'s Books
Teaching My Baby to Read
Ties that Bind:
RT Book Reviews 4.5 stars
Dancing in the Light Blog
Into the Fire Blog
Bound by Guilt:
Books Teens Love (Mar 2012)
The Suspense Zone (Dec 2011)
Charisma, The Buzz (Mar 2011)
CBA Retailers & Resources (Mar 2011)
Crosswalk.com (Mar 2011)
Butterfly Journey Blog (Mar 2011)
Caitlin Muir Blog (Mar 2011)
Character Counts (Mar 2011)
The Cypress Times (Mar 2011)
Novel Reviews (Feb 2011)
RT Times 4.5 stars (March 2011)
Booklist (Feb 2011)
Library Journal (Feb 2011)
Harriet Klausner (Jan 2011)
FictionAddict.com (Jan 2011)
ChristianBookPreviews (Jan 2011)
NovelTeen *5 Stars* (Jan 2011)
A Peek at My Bookshelf (Jan 2011)
Marti Pieper, Read. Write. Pray (Jan. 2011)
Fresh Fiction (January 2011)
Thicker than Blood:
Bluerose's Heart (Aug 2011)
Colletta's Kitchen Sink (Jan 2011)
Vessel Project (Jan 2011)
Colletta's Kitchen Sink (Jan 2011)
Read.Write.Revamp Blog (Nov 2010)
Blogful of Books (September 2010)
BEEtween the Pages (August 2010)
About.com (July 2010)
Sunnybank Meanderings (June 2010)
A Writer's Journey (June 2010)
Backseat Writer (June 2010)
A Writer's Journey (June 2010)
5 Minutes for Books (May 2010)
A Glimpse of Our Life blog (May 2010)
Belonging to the Lord Blog (May 2010)
A Book with a View Blog (May 2010)
Clicking Her Heels Blog (May 2010)
Original Books (May 2010)
Homeschooling Hearts and Minds (May 2010)
Cafe Lily (May 2010)
A Book With A View (April 2010)
Laura Domino (April 2010)
Our Daily Journey (April 2010)
Reading at the Beach (March 2010)
Passionate Booklover (March 2010)
Wordvixen Blog (March 2010)
Homeschooling Today (Jan/Feb 2010)
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Online (Feb 2010)
Growing in Grace Magazine (Feb 2010)
The Christian Pulse (Feb 2010)
Lunch, Kelly Klepfer (Jan 2010)
Blogcritics, Jennifer Bogart (Jan 2010)
The Koala Bear Writer (Jan 2010)
The Christian Manifesto, Megan Renee (Jan 2010)
Linda Wagner, OneDesertRose (Jan 2010)
RadiantLit.com, Jill Hart (Jan 2010)
The Christian Critic, Joshua Olds (Jan 2010)
FictionAddict.com, Lori Twichell (Jan 2010)
Nicole Miller, To the Heart of History Blog (Jan 2010)
Bethany Lebedz Blog (Jan 2010)
Nicole Petrino-Salter (Jan 2010)
Deborah M. Piccurelli (Jan 2010)
RT Times (Jan 2010)
Cindy Loven (Dec 2010)
Novel Reviews, Nora St.Laurent (Dec 2010)
A Peek at My Bookshelf, Deena Peterson (Dec 2010)
Heidi Main (Dec 2009)
Edwina Cowgill (Dec 2009)
Relz Reviews, Rel Mollet (Dec 2009)
Unveiled, T.E. George (Dec 2009)
Harriet Klausner (Dec 2009)
Publisher's Weekly (Nov 16, 2009)
Interviews with C.J. Darlington
DIY Author "Why I Went Indie" Audio podcast (June 2014)
Behind the Scenes of Ties that Bind at NovelCrossing
Smashwords Interview (Sept 2013)
Family Fiction Interview (Sept 2013)
Suzanne Woods Fisher Author Spotlight (July 2013)
Alton Gansky video interview (June 2013)
Generation W blog Interview
GMC, "Girl Power: 5 Young Women Your Daugter Can (Seriously!) Look Up To"
Author Culture Interview (October 2011)
Kristen Lowery Author Spotlight (July 2011)
Family Fiction Author Profile (May/June 2011 issue)
Chris Fabry Live! Audio interview re: homeschooling (Apr 2011)
Katie McCurdy Blog Interview (April 2011)
FictionAddict.com Audio Interview (March 2011)
Nike Chillemi on "View of Rare Books and Suspense" (Mar 2011)
Lancaster Sunday News "Portrait of a Writer" (March 2011)
Suzanne Woods Fisher Author Spotlight (March 2011)
C.J.'s Writing Space at Lifeway Fiction Blog (March 2011)
RT Book Reviews "Message from the Author" (March 2011)
Marti Pieper Interview (Jan 2011)
C.J. Featured in Exemplify Magazine, pg 26-28 (Sept 2010)
Kim Henson Blog Interview, Part 3: About C.J. (Sept 2010)
Kim Henson Blog Interview, Part 2: The Art of Writing (Sept 2010)
Kim Henson Blog Interview, Part 1: The Silly Part (Sept 2010)
Dina Santorelli Interview (August 2010)
Trish Perry Blog Interview (August 2010)
A Writer's Journey (June 2010)
Martha Ramirez Blog Interview (June 2010)
Readin N Writing with Patricia (May 2010)
Genre Reviews, Author Quirks (May 2010)
ACFW Featured Author interview (March 2010)
Mom2Mom Connection Interview (March 2010)
"Firm Foundations, Fulfilled Dreams" Feature/Interview by Marti Pieper/Homeschooling Today Magazine (In 4 parts, March 2010)
Koala Bear Writer Blog Interview (March 2010)
Growing in Grace Magazine Interview (Feb 2010)
The Relationships in Thicker than Blood by Cathi Hassan
Patty Wysong Blog Interview (Jan 2010)
Christian Work At Home Moms Audio Interview (Jan 2010)
Candace Calvert Blog Interview (Jan 2010)
Relz Reviewz Character Spotlight on May & Christy Williams
Novel Journey Blog Interview Part II (Jan 2010)
Novel Journey Blog Interview Part 1 (Jan 2010)
Nora St. Laurent Finding Hope Through Fiction (Jan 2010)
Molly Noble Bull at Writers Rest (Jan 2010)
Sibella Giorello Interview on Homeschooling (Jan 2010)
Sherry Kyle Blog Interview (Jan 2010)
Christian Devotions Speak Up Interview (Jan 2010)
TitleTrakk.com Interview (Jan 2010)
Jenny B. Jones Blog Interview (Jan 2010)
T.E. George, Unveiled Interview (Jan 2010)
Lena Nelson Dooley Interview (Jan 2010)
The Chrisitian Manifesto Audio Interview (Jan 2010)
Margaret Daley Blog Interview (Jan 2010)
Deborah M. Piccurelli Interview (Jan 2010)
Lori Kasbeer's In the Spotlight Interview (Jan 2010)
FictionAddict.com Audio Interview (Dec 2009)
ChristianBook.com Thicker Than Blood Interview (Dec 2009)
Sharon Ball Blog Interview (Dec 2009)
3x3 Interview with Tracy Ruckman (Aug 2009)
Erynn Mangum Blog Interview (May 2009)
Tracy Darlington Blog Interview in 4 parts (Mar 2009)
Novel Journey Interview about TitleTrakk (Feb 2007)
Articles & Guest Posts
"How do you know if you're called?" (Matt Mikalatos Guest Post)
"Cultivating Writing in High School" (Crosswalk, July 2011)
"Make 2011 A Year of Big Dreams" in Not of This World e-zine (March 2011)
"The Comparison Trap" at Rachelle Gardner's Blog (Jan 2010)
"One Writer's Journey" at Brandilyn Collins's Blog (Jan 2010)
CFOM "Publicity Before you Sign" (Jan 2010)
CFOM "TitleTrakk.com: Origins" (Jun 2009)
The Bound by Guilt Blog Tour
** Scroll down and click the links for their posts!**
Julie Johnson at My5Monkeys says: "I loved that books were involved in some form. There was a couple times I teared up while reading the story. I loved that this book was full of hope." Read More
Quiverfulfamily says: "Deeply engaging, Bound by Guilt is crafted with a wealth of emotional tension. I found myself reaching for the tissues several times as I read through its pages." Read More
Connected2Christ says: "It’s a tale of love, forgiveness, and so much more. I found it the perfect redemption story with a gripping storyline and vivid plot." Read More
Becca's World says: "Roxi was my favourite character in the story, but I have to admit the used books and the various settings also seemed like characters as well." Read More
Misc Mayzee says: "Overall, I'm very impressed with C.J. Darlington's writing in this book, and I look forward to her next release as I'm sure she will only become a better author." Read More
Julie J at My Own Little Corner of the World says: "This is the most inspiring book I've read this year!" Read More
Carpe Libris says: "I stayed up late to finish and kept thinking about how I wish I had another Darlington book to read next!" Read More
Butterfly Journey says: "It is not a suspense or a mystery, but I found myself turning the pages as if it were a suspense - just waiting to find out what was going to happen next. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book." Read more
Heidi Main says: "Bound by Guilt mesmerized me from page one. The characters were deep and three dimensional. The plot was well thought out and integrated with a strong subplot. What kept me turning each page were the surprises." Read More
Caitlin Muir says: "C.J.’s tale is thoroughly enjoyable. One thing I appreciated that the book wasn’t “preachy.” Many of the characters are Christians but they live their faith out instead of trying to smother each other with Bible verses and guilt." Read More
Blogging by Liza says: "Bound by Guilt is filled with characters that inspire strong feelings in the reader. I really liked many of the characters in the story, but Roxi was my favorite." Read More
Clicking Her Heels says: "This is one author that you've got to read." Read More
Ramblin' Roads says: "I am especially intrigued by the antique book theme of the stories, but I find the characters to be believable and the plot is strong. Just what I look for in a good book!" Read More
Word Up! says: "“Bound by Guilt” by C.J. Darlington is loaded with strong characters, imaginative writing and a solid plot!" Read More
Heather Hunt at The View From Stonewater says: "Other than some misfires in dealing with Christy's character this time around, Darlington shows magnificent improvement over an impressive first novel. She again ramps up the story to a dramatic, tense, and page-turning conclusion that is satisfying even as we are not left with all the answers as to what will happen next. Perhaps we'll find out in Darlington's next novel ..." Read More
A Peek at My Bookshelf says: "Have the tissues handy, and block out a lot of time to read, because you won't want to put this one down until the final page is turned." Read More
Mom 2 Mom Connection says: "Go CJ! We’re anxiously awaiting another book in the Dawson’s Book Barn saga!" Read More
Carol says: "I like Roxi. She’s got spunk. She’s led a very difficult life, one that would have shattered most of us. She longs to be loved, just like all of us, and it’s no wonder that she goes to the lengths that she does to find that love and approval." Read More
The Koala Bear Writer says: "Every page in the novel kept me turning to the next one, thinking Bravo!, C.J. I can't wait to see what she writes next." Read More
The Mommy Rambles says: "It's one of those books where you're willing to stay up through the night to finish it!" Read More
Window to My World says: "C.J Darlington really knows how to "bind" the human condition with a unique and suspenseful mystery!" Read More
Daysong Reflections says: "Bound by Guilt is more than just a good mystery/suspense novel. Darlington delves deep into the thoughts and emotions of her characters and portrays each one in all their strengths and weaknesses." Read More
Pondering's by Andrea says: "Miss Darlington writes with the skills of a veteran author. Her characters are fully fleshed out, and she interweaves multiple storylines with flourish! I had a great deal of empathy for many of the characters (although not all; the character of Irene requires a lot of grace…)." Read More
Writing Remnants says: "No doubt about it, C.J. Darlington is a rising star in today's Christian fiction. C.J.'s new book- Bound by Guilt made me want to read more by this very talented young author." Read More
Creative Madness says: "I’m pleased to have discovered the stories from C.J. and look forward to more in the future." Read More
Patty LeBlanc at Reading Pal says: "Roxi’s story made me cry at some points and rejoice in others. I felt the depth of her character with the raw emotions displayed in every choice she made and the thought process she went through." Read More
Stamped with Grace says: "There are real life situations, both good and bad, as well as a wonderful story of redemption. I have read several Christian fiction books lately that leave God out almost all together, so I love reading a book that isn't afraid to talk about the Lord." Read More
Read, Write, Revamp says: "Bound by Guilt was written with great emotion and care." Read More
Andrea's Take says: "The characters came alive for me. That may sound like a cliché, but I just don’t know any better way to say it." Read More
Cara Putnam says: "CJ has crafted a book with compelling characters and a situation that is almost unimaginable. Roxi finds herself in an impossible dilemma, and my heart broke for all involved. A great read!" Read More
Christy's Book Blog says: "Darlington's writing is full of surprising depth. Each character is fully-fleshed and very real; at the end of the book, I was sad to be through with them. The plot is very pulled from the headlines with a message of faith for readers." Read More
Cornhusker Academy says: "I really enjoyed C.J.'s first book and was so glad to see that she was finding a niche in Christian fiction that was unique from so many of the books that I usually review." Read More
Wyn is Reading says: "The story is totally believable, compassionate, and with a twist at the end." Read More
Books & Needlepoint says: "It is a great story about forgiveness - both for the people DOING the forgiving and those NEEDING it." Read More
Michelle Sutton of Healing Hearts says: "The thing that intrigued me about this book the most was the foster care situation. I've worked with foster children for years as a child protective services worker and this author did a great job showing the inner turmoil that foster children go through." Read More
Relz Reviewz says: "Mixing the intriguing world of rare books, a solid suspense thread, complex characters dealing with deep seated emotions and strong faith themes, CJ has proven she is an author with a very bright future." Read More
The Musings of a Book Addict says: "This is an author we need to watch closely. Her writing is fresh and touching. Her characters are so real you can't help but identify with them." Read More
My Book Addiction says: "Bound by Guilt is an amazing, positive story of not only God’s love but of love, forgiveness, guilt, healing and inspiration with powerful characters and a powerful plot." Read More
Marti Pieper says: "In her new book, C.J.’s strength in creating believable characters shines as does her plotting ability. But the true power of Bound by Guilt lies not in the plot or characters but in its warm portrayal of God’s redemptive love." Read more
Write About Now says: "The Biblical principles of love and forgiveness are prevalent throughout the pages of this book. From its beautiful cover to the final page, this book will draw you in and keep you captivated." Read More. Plus she features a new interview with C.J. Read more
Mocha With Linda says: "Drama and suspense pulsate throughout this tale as Roxi's desperate search for unconditional love leads her down paths she never expected to travel." Read More
Reading to Know says: "I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish reading Bound by Guilt!" Read More
Peeking Between the Pages includes C.J.'s inspiration behind Bound by Guilt with another chance to win it! Read More
Books, Movies & Chinese Food says: "Since I read a lot of YA books, I enjoy seeing teenage characters in adult books that include perspectives from a teenage viewpoint." Read More
Lena Nelson Dooley features an interview with C.J. plus a giveaway! Read More
Reviews by Molly says: "She takes emotional plot lines, and mixes them with complex characters creating a gripping, vivid story that every reader is bound to fall in love with." Read More
Wordvixen says: "I rarely read anything that isn’t chick-lit or fantasy, but I loved Bound by Guilt." Read more
Divine Detours has just posted an exclusive interview here.
Terri's Writing Adventures says: "This is not a book you want to miss." Read More (she also includes an interview!)
Readin' N Writin' with Patricia says: "There are so many unexpected things, from the shocking opening to the very end, that it would be unfair to say anything more. I will say, however, that Darlington's got me hooked." Read More
Camy Tang has posted an excerpt of Bound by Guilt. Read it here.
Michelle V says: "I love that the characters aren’t perfect. They are flawed people like you and me, which makes it easy to relate to them. It’s a beautiful story of redemption." Read More
Dee posted the book trailer on her Trailer Park Tuesday feature here.
Delores Liesner says: "Darlington’s multi-layered story delivered time and again leaving me not just refreshed – but enriched." Read More
Rocky Mountain Writer says: "This book is a great story. As with her first book, CJ has brought to life believable, likable characters. She has a knack for drawing the reader into her world and making them feel at home." Read More
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer says: "Bound by Guilt is an intriguing mystery involving a runaway and an out-of-control police officer." Read More
Heatheraine at All Things Supernatural says: "This story kept me captivated till the very end. There are many layers to the story and it’s very well paced." Read More
Mark at Thoughts of A Sojourner says: "There is more suspense in this book, and it also explores broken relationships and redemption, showing that God can redeem anyone, and turn bad into good." Read More
Nora at Find Hope Through Fiction interviews C.J. and says: "C.J. Darlington takes the reader on an amazing book journey not only about rare and expensive books that turn up missing but of this young girl trapped in a situation she wants to get out of but doesn't quite know how." Read More She's also posted her full review!
The Character Therapist says: "Roxi, the young 16-year-old heroine, captured my heart because I work with teens just like her in a group home type situation." Read More
Lisa at Living Our Faith Out loud says: "CJ Darlington's sophomore novel avoids the slump. Completely. In fact, I liked Bound by Guilt much better than Thicker than Blood." Read More
Julie Arduini says: "I read it in one sitting. I didn’t take a break, go somewhere else, use the bathroom, none of it." Read More
Pink Sapphire says: "What amazed me the most was how much I felt for the main character, Roxi." Read More
Amy at Back Seat Writer says: "Bound by Guilt is an action-packed page turner that will keep you riveted to the end when you will feel satisfied by a story well-told." Read More
Angie at Never A Dull Moment says: "I recently saw where C.J. Darlington described her books as Lifetime Channel meets the Hallmark Channel. I think that is the perfect way to describe her books which is why it surprised me that I enjoy them so much." Read More
Cindy's Book Reviews says: "Truly this book was a book I could not put down, I was totally into Roxi's story, wanting things to turn out for her, I cried as she found herself rejected once again by the mother, she just wanted love from. I cried as she slept by the dumpster." Read More
Onedesertrose says: "C.J. does an excellent job of mixing the different personalities of the characters and the power some have over the others. Their lives are very real-to-life, ranging from pain-filled and lonely, to fearful and anxious, to sharp and legalistic, to uncaring and greedy, and finally to love and acceptance." Read More
Plus check out posts by:
Jane Austen, Chai Tea, and Me
Pat at Dwellings
Ronie Kendig: Craving the Supernatural
The Thicker than Blood Blog Tour Participants, Jan 18-24, 2010
In alphabetical order by blogger's name.
** Scroll down and click the links for their posts!**
Review: "It's been a while since I've read a book marketed as "Christian fiction" that actually WAS Christian fiction. Well I found one. It's Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington. This novel is a beautiful story of reconciliation."
Review: "...a distinctive, engaging novel for anyone who needs to know God is in the midst of their biggest mistakes and greatest fears."
Lathrop - Sprightly
Review: "I was hooked from the first line. A fast paced story of redemption, the struggle of 'real' life and the amazing Grace of God.
Riley - My Friend Amy
Review: "In many ways, it feels like a classic Christian fiction novel, with characters seeking redemption for past mistakes. Despite that, though, it does take some unexpected turns and not everything is as you imagine it will be."
Review: "...a wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness, and God’s love reflected in His people."
Review: "The Characters drew me in, but the drama and suspense is what held my attention to the very end."
Robinson - Never a Dull Moment
Review: "...a touching and suspenseful read and one that I recommend."
Review: "Love is the theme of the novel, the love between the two sisters even though they've been apart many years has stayed strong and like a magnet they are drawn to each other.
The author gives a strong glimpse into the world of addiction, it is written with gut wrenching reality."
Review: "Thicker than Blood is a sweet and tender story that reminds us that God does deal in second chances."
Way - Koala Bear Writer
Review: "One thing that intrigued me immediately about the book was Christy’s job in a bookstore and her work in acquiring valuable books for the store."
Terrell – A Book Lover
Review: "This was a page turner I could not wait to see what happened next."
Newell - Reviews+
Review: "...amazing and intriguing."
Calvert - RX Hope
Interview & Review: "Action, suspense, emotion, enduring hope: this book has it all!"
Brownell – Reading to Know
Review: "...a pleasure to read and a pleasure to recommend."
Review: "...an excellent Christian fiction novel that doesn't really fit into one of the normal genre cubbyholes, at least as far as I can see." Also read her insights on the relationships in TTB here.
Bryant - Word Vessel
Review: "With realistic characters and true-to-life situations, the author skillfully weaves the stories of Christy and May into a total package to create a book with impact."
McNeil – BookSplurge
Review: "Darlington’s debut reads much like any seasoned author, tackling weighty issues like substance abuse and emotional manipulation with skill."
Review: "Lovers of horses, lovers of books, or lovers of story will enjoy this suspenseful debut!"
Khuanghlawn - Books, Movies, Chinese Food
Review: "The story kept me engrossed from the beginning and I could not stop turning the pages."
Peterson – A Peak at My Bookshelf
Review: "Filled with unique flavor and genuine relationships, "Thicker Than Blood" is guaranteed to strike a chord in your heart."
Review: "Thicker than Blood is not only a good Christian novel it is a good novel period. "
Mays - A Nut in a Nutshell
Review: "The emotions and internal struggles of each of the sisters were realistically portrayed and are engaging to the reader. As a work of Christian fiction, it wasn't preachy, which is one of my biggest pet peeves."
Review: "...kept me on my toes and also left me in tears."
R. Hunt - The View From Stonewater
Review: "...this first-time novelist has packed her story with compelling characters, nail-biting, cringe-inducing action, and settings both intimate and majestic that would keep any moviegoer pinned in their seats if this were a film script."
Carter - GAHome2Mom
Review: "I recommend that even your teenagers read this one."
Ryan – Cornhusker Academy
Review: "The characters are deep and mysterious as their pasts unravel before us, the plot lines are intense and diverse and the editing is wonderful along with the beautiful cover and packaging by Tyndale."
Campbell - Where Romance Meets Therapy
Review: "Real Problems, Realistically Portrayed"
Crevier - My Buckling Bookshelf
Review: "If I could describe CJ Darlington's novel with one word, it would be authentic."
Review: "...Darlington creates characters who burrow right into your heart. "
Bogart – Quiverfull Family
Review: "Darlington’s true focus is upon tenderly developing the themes of familial love, reconciliation, forgiveness and faith. This she does well, and it’s no wonder I cried."
Review: "I found the further I got into the book the more I didn't want to put it down."
Review: "This book belongs in the hands of anyone who knew or knows woundedness."
Review: "I love how the author was not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. Ms. Darlington did so with grace and love."
Cook - Ramblin' Roads
Review: "My favorite part was reading about Christy's job as an antiquarian book buyer. I want that job!"
Review: "The story captures the struggle for mankind’s inability to fully grasp the grace of God and the redeeming love offered to each of us no matter where we are or what we’ve done."
Herbrand - Books & Needlepoint
Review: "This book presents accepting Christ in a very down to earth way - and makes it relatable to all readers, no matter their walks of life or current faith. I did not feel it was preachy in any way, it just was there, take it or leave it and showed that sometimes (I would say most times) accepting Christ is not just a flip of a light switch."
Clos - Loving Heart Mommy
Review: "...you will be moved by this story, you will feel for Christy and May, its an amazingly written book!"
Coday - Stamped With Grace
Review: "...fast-paced and easily kept my attention."
Attaway –Mocha with Linda
Review: "...I kept thinking I would just read one more chapter . . .and then another and another!"
Review: "A book of hope for torn apart families."
Review: "Darlington pulls no punches with her debut novel about broken people in a hurtful world."
Review: "I enjoyed the book immensely."
Review: "This book is filled with adventure, packed with emotion and wrapped with a ribbon of God's redeeming love and amazing grace!"
Carswell - Hidden Valley Simplicity
Review: "C.J. delivers her first novel as if she is a writing veteran."
Sutton - Edgy Inspirational Author
Review: "I loved how realistically domestic violence and alcoholism is portrayed. That was very well done."
Review: "...packed full of drama, suspense, secrets, relationships, and an incredible picture of God's love and forgiveness."
Baker - Woven by Words
Review: "C.J. outdid herself in this debut novel. She covers a couple of topics that are rarely seen in Christian fiction. She goes out on a limb and finds success! Her writing is as strong as her characters and very penetrating!"
Chind - Creative Madness
Review: "Nitty gritty honest truth under your skin, but you have to turn to the page and find out what happens next."
Review: "I was completely captured by this dramatic story."
Review: "...a solid first effort."
Morrisson - Daysong Reflections
Review: "This is a story with meat to it. The characters are well developed and interact naturally. Their daily lives, their struggles, their hopes and dreams unite to make each character three dimensional – people that could be friends, neighbors, or coworkers."
Blann Phifer - Sips 'n Cups Cafe
Review: "C.J. brought me into the story quickly and easily. I was “there” through the whole book. That’s a rare gift from the author to the reader."
McMillan - Thinking Girl's Guide to Christian Fiction
Review: "Overtly Christian and filled with themes of redemption and grace, Thicker Than Blood is a thesis on the power of family, God and change..."
Review: "...an easy read with a great opening and good pacing throughout."
What's New in Christian Fiction
Review: "...weaves a poignant tale about the repercussions of hasty decisions and one woman trying to fight her way out of the world she's created."
Review: Coming soon
Heath - Reborn Butterfly
Review: "I absolutely LOVED this debut novel from C.J. Darlington. It has depth and truth..."
Review: "Darlington develops her characters well, so much so that there were times I wanted to shout at Christy for making such bad decisions!"
Feature Interview re: homeschooling
Dale - Word Up
Review: "...well plotted and beautifully written book that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat."
Review: "I especially enjoyed how C.J. wove in Scripture without sounding pious or simplistic. That’s not easy to do!"
Fickas - Rocky Mountain Writer
Review: "CJ’s book was thrilling and encouraging at the same time."
Litke - Three Different Directions
Review: "The book flows wonderfully, with an interesting storyline filled with real life characters."
Review: "I felt like I was right there in the book shop, smelling the pages of the old volumes, or right there on the ranch smelling the musty hay, and deeply involved in the sisters' lives."
Ruckman - Pix n Pens
Review: "The book has friendships, action and a nasty villain."
Ng - Illuminating Fiction
Review: "Darlington successfully pulls readers into the story with well rounded characters and beautifully crafted scenes which make you feel as though you are really there amid the action."
Review: "The writing is smooth, the characters compelling, and the plot satisfyingly well-paced."
Callahan - Wyn is Reading
Review: "The raw emotions and flashbacks of the one sister contrasted nicely with the peaceful but frustrated emotions of the other sister who was trying to learn who her sister really was under the walled layers."