Somewhere Between Black and White by Shelly Hickman




Romance, humor, family drama, with a touch of Buddhism. Sound interesting?

When approaching life’s problems, Sophie sees in black and white. That is, when they’re someone else’s problems. So when it comes to her sister, Sophie is sure she has all the answers, and offers them without hesitation. If only her sister would listen.

Then, through a series of chance encounters, she meets Sam, who is witty, kind, and downright unflappable. Sophie has the overwhelming sense that she’s known him before, and as a relationship builds between them, odd visions invade her mind. Though she tries to dismiss them, their persistence will not allow it.

As someone who is quick to judge others, she is intrigued by Sam’s ability to accept people as they are. She begins to see him as a role model, but try as she may, his accepting nature is difficult to emulate.

Will Sophie ever be able to put her hasty judgments aside and realize not every problem has a simple solution?

Review by Venture

Sophie has always had the answer to everything in life.  Especially when it includes her sister and her sister’s husband. When she meets Sam it is like fate.  They felt like they always have known each other. Dating Sam makes Sophie question herself. Is everything really black and white? Is everything right or wrong?  Sophie also has a lot to learn when it comes to the relationships she has with her students.  There is not a bad student or a good student.  There are always circumstances that make people act the way they do. Maybe in time Sophie will get a better understanding of herself and her family.

I enjoyed the book.  I sympathize with Sophie.  I tend to see things as black and white when it comes to my household.  I only see gray when I deal with everyone else.  I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.  I am hardest on myself.  I stress and worry about things only pertaining with my life.  With other people’s lives or houses I don’t care if their house is spotless.  Only mine.  This book was a great read and made me think about things I should let go.  I give this book, 4 books.


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