There's a reason that C.J. Darlington's debut novel, Thicker Than Blood, won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest in 2008: it's an excellent, entertaining, yet realistic story.
Christy tries to build a new career in the antique book business, but finds that her past mistakes catch up with her faster than she can counteract them. In desperation, she turns to the younger sister (May) she abandoned years previously. Christy has to discover whether there is a tie that's thicker than blood, or if the sisters will part without a true reconciliation.
The storyline riveted me; it was action packed from beginning to end. The realistic characters and dialogue were well rounded. The fact that Christy displayed every imaginable vice was the only slightly unbelievable aspect. I was challenged by May's overt faith and reactions to difficulties. Overall, I would highly recommend Thicker Than Blood as an inspirational redemptive story.
Thanks to C.J. for sending me an autographed copy of her book as a blog-contest prize. She wasn't expecting a written review, so this is totally a freebie!