Book Review: Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

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Book Review: Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

by Joanne Troppello

So, if you’re a regular reader at Mustard Seed Sentinel, you have likely read my book reviews before—and know that I am an avid reader. My last review was of Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot. That had been the eighth book that I’ve read in the last three months. Of those eight books, Paper Roses was the best.

After finishing Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington today, I can say that this book was just as good. The only reason I mention this is because the prior seven books weren’t spectacular like the last two I’ve reviewed.

Thicker Than Blood is 389 pages and is Book 1 of 4 in the Thicker Than Blood Series. This book drew me in from the very first scene. It’s a page turner and I read it more quickly than the other books I’ve previously reviewed because I simply had trouble closing my Kindle at the end of each chapter. It’s a Christian fiction / suspense novel.

I have a sister and I love her dearly. I think that’s why this book affected me so much. I loved the dynamic of two estranged sisters and their journey back to one another. One praying and the other being prayed for. It was a special story of the love of two sisters who have dealt with so much in their young lives. The character development was great, and I truly felt like I’d gotten to know these sisters and the people in their lives. Seeing the love and grace of God depicted in this book was beautiful.

I love a good mystery and/or suspense book. This story did not disappoint. I am writing this review fresh after finishing reading the last chapter. The suspense—especially the last few chapters—was intense and had me on the edge of my seat.

One of my pet peeves when reading (and writing) books is head hopping. I've been reading and reviewing a lot of books lately with POV issues. I was delighted that this book didn't have any issues like that to confuse the reader.

I loved this book. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading the next books in this series and any other books by Ms. Darlington.

About the Book

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?

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 than Blood Book #2: Bound by Guilt Book #3: Ties that Bind Book #4: Running on Empty

About the Author

C.J. Darlington has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won a national writing contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She has also written Jupiter Winds and Jupiter Storm the first and second books in the Jupiter Winds series. Her children's fantasy Alison Henry and the Creatures of Torone will release in June. C. J. lives in Pennsylvania with her family, their menagerie of dogs, a tabby cat, and a Paint mare named Sky. Connect with the author on Twitter and her website.


About the Reviewer

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Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.

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