“But keep this in mind, Seph: you’re never going to lose enough weight to shed the fat girl inside. You’re going to have to figure out a different way to do that,” Sephy is told in Carre Armstrong Gardner’s novel, "Better All the Time." Second in the Darling Family series, this four hundred and sixteen-page paperback targets those interested in a contemporary romantic fiction involving self-awareness and relationship problems. With some slang words, topics of alcohol and drug use may not be appropriate for immature readers. Using references from the New International Version of the Holy Bible and The Message, the book’s ending contains acknowledgments and the author’s biography. Author Gardner believes everyone are heroes with their fascinating dramas to tell as she focuses on their ordinary, everyday lives. Raised in New York’s Adirondacks and having worked in Russia, she now lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and children. In this continuing story set in Copper Cove, Maine, the kind-hearted Sephy Darling has been facing weight issues most of her life. While getting her nursing degree, she is challenged to undergo a radical lifestyle change, having failed at numerous diets. When she understands the reasons for her weight gain, she can accept and be herself. Meanwhile, her controlling, keeping-it-all-together younger sister, Amy, lands a job starting a local community arts center. Born to organize and do it all on her own, she has to learn to let go, let others help her, and enjoy life, especially when family friend, Mitch Harris returns to town. With updates from the previous book’s characters Nick, Ivy, David, and the wayward Laura who retreats to Arizona, there is the preparation for an upcoming family wedding, leaving plenty of future stories in a series that tends to get bogged down with non-essential information. Similar to a previous book in the series, the sporadic prayers to God and the minutia of everyday living may be a tedious read to some yet enjoyed by those seeking a novel based on ordinary people facing issues about addictions of food, alcohol, and work. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary advance reader book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.