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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Better Endings is the second book in the Tammy Mellows Series by Tina Hogan Grant; an engrossing novel with a strong female protagonist. Having had her share of heartache and abuse, Tammy Mellows finally escapes from Steven, the heroin-addicted father of her son. Now she thinks she can rebuild her life on her own terms. But then Dwayne comes into her life and a new love blossoms. The only problem is that Tammy can’t trust herself; haunted by memories of a bad relationship and her own woes, she is uncertain. But she wants to do it right this time. The choice to become a commercial fisherwoman gives her the opportunity to test her strengths, face her deepest fears, and craft a path that leads her to herself. But in a male-dominated business, a unique set of challenges await her. Can she achieve inner freedom and also nurture the love that is already taking center stage in her life?
Better Endings is a beautiful story that explores a woman’s heart and I enjoyed the way Tina Hogan Grant builds resilience in the protagonist. The journey that Tammy makes is inspirational and will give hope, especially to female readers who have suffered abuse and have experienced unhealthy relationships. Tammy's character is well handled and the growth process that happens in her life is well-captured in the story. Tammy grows from someone who is prone to fear to a woman who takes control of her life, creating the kind of life she wants. Themes of family, love, and adventure are deftly handled and it is easy to develop a fondness for the sea after reading Better Endings. Great prose, exciting characters, and themes that evoke the realism of everyday life.