Reckless Beginnings

Reckless Beginnings

by Tina Hogan Grant


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A sister that runs away and simply vanishes

A forbidden love affair

Turmoil between a father and daughter

An eviction with nowhere to go

A dark secret

Lies and deceit

Drugs, abuse and violence


Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn't be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy's lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn't much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence, Tammy lives in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggles alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?

Reckless Beginnings is a story of fiction based on true events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642985801
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 1,227,029
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Reckless Beginnings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. It keeps your curiosity up enough to make you want to keep going back to see what will happen next. Can't wait for her next release.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
Did you ever have one of those friends that just could not make good decisions about men? The kind that sees only good looks no matter the line she’s getting; no matter how ridiculous the story? I have, and it wasn’t your typical story either…bad parents, in need of attention, misunderstood. In this story, Tammy, the youngest child just seems clueless about men. Maybe she’s naïve. She lives in England and wants so badly to move to the U.S. where her father lives. She is just sure she can find her older sister who has been missing for quite some time. It seems Donna was just lost in the night; no clues, no calls, just a heartbroken family. It takes Tammy a long time to prove her maturity to her dad for him to pay for her to come to the states. However, he might have been overestimating her maturity. Don’t get me wrong, Tammy is a nice young girl, willing to work hard and earn a living, a young woman that would never let anyone harm her child, but as I said, she seems to be a contest winner at picking losers. This story was easy to read and involved enough to keep my interest. It didn’t take me long to read and I had a hard time putting it down. It’s not deep but it sure isn’t a cozy. It’s a somewhat different storyline with both good and bad characters. Each character has his or her own personalities and even though there are several, I never had one problem keeping them separate. This is a very important aspect to me. Having to turn back to figure out “who is who” is a great irritation to me. I found none of that here. So, in conclusion…a good storyline, interesting characters and a very interesting read. Not much more you can ask than that is there? ***This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
AlexRodriguez More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy from the Author and I have to say this book is AMAZING! In her book, Tina Hogan Grant creates her characters in such a manner that any reader can relate to. The author also does a phenomenal job at developing her themes and showing how addiction affects not just the addict but also everyone around them, especially those he is close to and those who love them most. One of my favorite themes of this book was the power of love between a mother and child. Tina Hogan Grant does a wonderful job in describing that bond not only between the main character Tammy and her newborn son Matt, but also between Steven (her drug addict boyfriend) and his mother. I particularly liked the fact that even when your personal experience does not involve drug addiction you could still relate to the character and what they are going through. I also found that this book is a refreshing eye opener to the dynamic between drug addicts and their families and/or loved ones. In my opinion, Tina Hogan Grant does an incredible job in this book and I cannot wait to read her second book, Better Endings. I am sure that she will continue to surprise us with her characters and her story.