Running on Empty by C J. Darlington

Title:  Running on Empty
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  348
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
My rating is 5+ stars.
C. J. Darlington just keeps getting better!  I have read her other books Jupiter Winds, Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind and her newest Running on Empty.  Each novel contains a story that will stir your blood, set your imagination running, and leave you wanting more of her stories.  Running on Empty seems like a great candidate for a sequel because I would love to see how a couple of the characters meet with justice!
The main characters are two half-sisters Delaware and California, who have nicknames Del and Callie.  These two go through a whole maze of danger, trouble, reprieve and more as they are just trying to live day by day.  Del is the oldest and has lost her job.  She has been black-balled due to a lie people in the small town where she lives believe.  One night in the wee hours Del opens her front door to find a dog and Callie.
There are those who are cunning, don’t value life and right now think they have gotten away with more than just murder.  Del is on the fence with her faith, having learned a truth withheld from her till the death of her parents that has skewered her view of God.  Callie believes in Jesus and has a childlike faith and a heart filled with love.  At times in the story when Del would be hesitant to tell the truth because trust comes hard for her, Callie spills it like water which more than once cause Del to wince.
The ending of the book was classic.  The tale has mystery, danger, adventure, and themes of trust, brokenness, regret, and hope.  That isn’t all the book has to offer, but hours of enjoyment will help you glean what is held in this great story.  C. J. Darlington writes some of the most interesting stories I have come across.  The characters can be related to, seem real and before one knows it have the reader cheerleading for the good guys!
I hope you read all the books this author takes time to write and share with anyone who loves reading.  These books can be read over and over again and each time the story will still be fresh, leaving the reader wanting more!  I hope C. J. is already working on her next book whether it is the Thicker than Blood Series or the sequel to Jupiter Winds or perhaps something totally different.  Either way I am sure to devour it as I have her others, so join me on the road to some great books!

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