As the title of this review says... too sudden of an ending. I just finished the book and loved it but I feel as if I left the book before it ended. Everything in the last chapter seems like it was shortened and left me wondering. What happen between Chris and Hunter? How did May react to Chris' sacrifice? etc. etc. *SIGH* I wish there was a better ending but I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone!
I won this book here several months ago and finally had a chance to sit down and read it after the holidays. Oh my -- the author had me from the very beginning and I finished this book much more quickly than usual.
Had I not won this book, I probably would not have chosen to read it. Anything with horses, ranches, or set in the west doesn't appeal to me. However, this book captured me in the first chapter and held my interest to the very end.
C.J. Darlington created two memorable characters in sisters Christy and May. One sister makes bad choices that lead to bad circumstances while the other sister has good circumstances that lead to good choices. Both sisters struggle spiritually and the working out of those struggles is the undercurrent of the storyline that kept me reading.
Several experiences of Bible characters cometo mind: Benjamin, who was found possessing a cup he didn't snatch; Jonah,running from a call to speak the truth to those who ironically believed him and repented when they saw him, Joseph, who extended grace to his brothers after they had sold him as a slave, and the tearfulsinner in Luke 10 who loved much because she had been forgiven for much.(My typing error): I meant to say the Biblecharacter brought to mind was the repentant,weeping woman in Luke "7" and add that theLuke 10 account of the experiences of thetraveler toward Jericho road (to include hisrestoration at the loving hands of the goodSamaritan) are reflected .
Compellingly set in the interesting worlds of antiquarian bookselling and ranching, this contemporary twist on the story of the Prodigal Son is an impressive debut novel by C.J. Darlington. With an eye for detail, with interesting characters, humor, suspense and the skillful exploration of some tough issues, the author has created a story that will please Christian fiction enthusiasts by weaving in the spiritual journey of Christy and May without being "preachy." The message of forgiveness, love, hope and faith is sure to touch readers` hearts.
As I read C.J. Darlingtons first novel, Thicker Than Blood, I found it hard to believe that this was her FIRST novel. This book is the work of a professional, seasoned writer and I thought it was fantastic!The storyline involving two sisters whove been estranged, held my interest and kept me reading. The pace of the novel was perfect fast enough to keep my attention and yet just enough detail and background to make the story solid.Being an avid reader and lover of books, I enjoyed that part of the story takes place with the main character working in a bookstore. I appreciate how the author gave some inside details about how the used book business works. All in all, I thought the story flowed beautifully and wove the lives of these two very different women seamlessly as they were reunited.Darlington hits on some very hard issues in this book such as alcoholism, abortion, domestic violence, grief and loss. For someone so young, she writes with a wisdom beyond her years. I thought she handled her subject matter brilliantly and with grace. Her faith is very clear all the way through this book and she was able to write about very sensitive subjects and yet maintain the integrity of her beliefs. Though the main character struggles with hard-core issues, the story is tactful and meaningful.No surprise that Thicker Than Blood won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.I look forward to reading more of C.J. Darlingtons books!