Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington

Christy thinks that she has finally managed to bring order into her troubled life, with her new boyfriend and her satisfying career as an antiquarian book buyer. But when issues arise, Christy is forced to face her painful past and she soon learns that she can’t run away from her problems any longer. Tormented by guilt, sorrow and fear, she turns to her younger sister May, whom she abandoned years ago after their parents’ sudden and tragic deaths. But May has to deal with her own pain, namely the pain caused by Christy’s desertion. She just wants to understand why her sister left and why Christy didn’t want to see her all these years. Little does May know that Christy has had a difficult life, full of disappointment and wrong decisions which she truly regrets. Over the years, Christy has tried to drown her sorrows in alcohol and she has tried to deal with guilt by having too many men in her life. Now she is on the run from her violent boyfriend and from her painful past – but she knows that May won’t embrace her with open arms when she turns up at her ranch. However Christy doesn’t know that May isn’t holding any grudge against her beloved sister. She just wants her back and is ready to forgive her, no matter what she has done. In an effort to help her sister cope with her problems, May tells Christy about her love for God. She tells Christy that God loves her, no matter what she has done in the past and that He is ready to forgive her, if she just accepts Him with all of her heart and turns to Him for help. But Christy doesn’t think that she deserves God’s love or anybody’s love as she is still fighting the demons of her past. Will Christy finally find peace and will the two sisters have the chance to get along with each other before it’s too late?

Thicker Than Blood is a beautiful tale of forgiveness, loss, abandonment and guilt. Furthermore, it’s a story about love – God’s unconditionally love for every single person out there, May’s love for God and the love between two sisters. C.J. Darlington has created a realistic story about two siblings who have to manage on their own after the deaths of their parents. Although Christy and May couldn’t be more different, they still have something in common, namely, the love for each other. And isn’t that what matters most in life?

Thicker Than Blood is a Christian novel, but you don’t have to be a Christian to like this story, as this is a great novel that deals with everyday problems and realistic matters that will appeal to everyone out there. I really loved this heartbreaking story and I truly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read a story about love and the power of forgiveness. I also enjoyed reading about Christy’s job as an antiquarian book buyer and I savoured all the wonderful conversations and descriptions regarding the book store and its books!

I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of her engaging and wonderful book!