"Thicker than Blood" Review and Giveaway!

TitleTrakk.com Blog Tours Presents:

Thicker than Blood
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!

About the book…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?

My review…

Don’t you wonder how two people from one family—like the two sisters in C.J. Darlington’s story—could begin their lives at the same point and somehow takes turns that would lead them to such very different lives? Are we born who we are, or does life make us that way? The main characters in Thicker than Blood are opposites in every way, though both are heading to a crisis point.

What I liked…

C.J. Darlington addressed some gritty issues in this debut novel: the stubbornness of main character Christy’s addiction and the frustrating, self-destructive cycle of an abusive relationship. Darlington also created a contrast character in Christy’s sister, May. I especially enjoyed how C.J. wove in Scripture without sounding pious or simplistic. That’s not easy to do!

Book lovers will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look into the world of antique book collecting. Nice work, C.J. Can’t wait for your next book!

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About the Author:
C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novel before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.

C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website www.cjdarlington.com for more info.


GIVEAWAY! I have a copy of Thicker than Blood for one lucky bleader! Leave a comment or send me an e-mail (suzanne at suzannewoodsfisher dot com) today or tomorrow to be included in the drawing.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I enjoyed the book and your review.

  2. Robin Prater says:

    Wow Suzanne, I would love to read a copy of Thicker than blood!! It sounds wonderful, and how amazing for this first time writer!! Wow!! I just love coming to your page and seeing everything new!! blessings Robin Prater.

  3. nancylee623 says:

    I loved your review of Thicvker than Blood and would love to be entered in the drawing. It will give me something to read till your next book comes out..

  4. Michelle says:

    Thanks so much for including me in the drawing! I would love to read this book!

    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  5. mommy4life says:

    Sounds interesting. My brother and I could not be more different and I often wonder about the different choices we have made to make us who we are…..

  6. Katy (A Few More Pages) says:

    I'd love to win a copy of this book! It sounds so great! 🙂

  7. fredamans says:

    I would love to be entered, thank you!


  8. Sheryl Barnes says:

    Suzanne –
    Please enter me in the drawing for Thicker Than Blood. I am the coordinator for a ladies book club and love introducing new authors to the group. The book sounds very good and I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Mama Bear says:

    This sounds really good. I would love to read this!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This book sounds fantastic!! I would love to read it. You have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading it. What a range of topics!! Would love to win that book!! I need something positive to happen- my daughter just called, from university and said her laptop "died"- she needs a new one-OH NO!!! MONEY and more money-always needed by kids!!

  11. Lenise says:

    My sister and I are also very different from each other. This novel sounds like something I would like to read – would love to win a copy! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  12. jomm says:

    Hi Suzanne, Pick me, pick me!! I would love a copy of your book! It would go in our church library when I am finished with it. ~~ Joann Marner

  13. Karen Lange says:

    Thanks for the review. I'd love to be entered in the drawing.

  14. Lourdes says:

    I actually put a copy of the book on hold at the library but am still waiting. It really sounded like a book I would enjoy.

  15. Sue Ellis-Palacio says:

    Sisters even who grew up close can take very different paths in life. Life choices make us what we are. Thicker Than Blood sounds like a very good read, that will touch different people in different ways. I would love to have the opportunity to read it.

  16. Kristy says:

    I loved the review—can't wait to read the book!

  17. Nikki says:

    I have been trying to find christian author for my daughter and myself to read. I know we would both love this book and win or lose I know have someone to look for at the bookstore!!! Thank you for the Review!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I have been trying to find christian author for my daughter and myself to read. I know we would both love this book and win or lose I know have someone to look for at the bookstore!!! Thank you for the Review!
    I could not log into the comments so had to choose the anonymous option.

  19. raspberrygirl says:

    I would love to win a copy of this. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks so much!

  20. Anonymous says:

    i enjoyed your review…thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book


  21. Emma says:

    Great review.Thicker than Blood sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  22. raine says:

    I'd love to be included in this giveaway. Thanks!

    lowurtz at gmail dot com

  23. C.J. Darlington says:

    Thank you very much, Suzanne, for posting about Thicker than Blood here on your blog. I appreciate it a lot! Hey… I LIVE in Lancaster County, PA. Fun to hear about your writing about where I live. 🙂

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