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Somewhere Between Black and White [Kindle Edition]

Shelly Hickman , Rosa Sophia
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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"The magic, depth and beautiful messages woven throughout the story make it such a feel-good novel...I will think about the many important issues raised in this book for a long time." --Samantha Stroh Bailey, Author of "Finding Lucas"

"A heartwarming and entertaining story that has a sweet romance and thoughtful life message." --Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"I loved the wit in this novel!! My stomach got a workout from some laughter." --Storm Goddess Book Reviews


When it comes to 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?

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About the Author

Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. She lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.

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  • Print Length: 185 pages
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Easy Read! January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**DISCLAIMER** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

This was hands-down one of the best self-published books I've read in a really long time. Grammatically it was perfect. The formatting was flawless and overall it was just a very "clean" book. Reading it was easy and quick.

The relationship between Sophie and Sam was written very well. It progressed at a nice easy believable pace. The chemistry between them was great and really hot at times! However, there didn't seem to be any tension or problems between them. I, for one, like to read romance because of the relationship between the hero and heroine and because I like to see what obstacles they have to overcome. I also like to wonder (even though the outcome is usually the same) if they will in fact overcome their issues and be together. I didn't feel like I got that from Sophie and Sam. Sure, they had a few little spats here and there, but it wasn't anything major. It wasn't anything that made me fear for their happily ever after. And if I don't fear for it, I don't root for it. Don't get me wrong, I liked Sophie and Sam a lot and I'm thrilled that they ended up together forever, but I felt it just came too easily for them.

The relationship between Sophie's sister, Evie and her husband, Christian, though, that was fantastic! I was more emotionally involved in Evie and Christian's story than I was in Sophie and Sam's. The real life issues Evie and Christian had to face were so believable and really tugged at the heart strings. I honestly feel as though Evie & Christian could have their own full-length story. They were wonderfully written, vibrant characters.

I did have two small issues with this book: (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD)

1.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow, I loved this story! This is one I would also read again. This story is mostly about the main female character Sophie and her lack of love life, and how she is a person who sees things very black and white. Then she meets Sam, who sees things very gray. Sophie has a sister who is married to her high school sweetheart, but Sophie thinks: he does not deserve her, he doesn't treat her right, and he doesn't take care of her like he should because she has health issues. Sophie and Sam hit it off and go slow, but have a great relationship; while her sister and her husband have a marriage with love but lots of struggles. So I can see the author trying to show all types of relationships and love. The other big part of this book is the message of we are all one and living a life by looking at ourselves instead of judging others through our limited perspective. There are also some Buddhist concepts, like living without being attached to the outcome or what we want to happen.
As I said I just loved this book and enjoyed the message in the story and the sweet romance. I enjoyed reading and understanding the sister's struggling relationship and how we as humans often do feel two warring emotions at the same time. This book is definitely worth .99 and I strongly recommend it!

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm story, with a lovely message June 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When Sophie first notices Sam she immediately feels a special connection with him. After a few further chance encounters they tentatively begin a beautiful relationship. Quick to judge others, Sophie sees life's problems in terms of black and white, while Sam is much calmer, more accepting of people. Will Sophie learn from Sam and will she be able to work out what her mysterious fleeting visions mean?

Sophie is a good person, and a dedicated teacher. I enjoyed getting to know her and also seeing her character develop. At the start of the story she is so protective of her sister, Evelyn, that too often she comes over as being overbearing, and critical of Evelyn and her husband, Christian. Sam gently helps Sophie realize there are other ways she can support her sister. It's easy to see why Sophie falls for Sam. He's kind, loving, and has a facility with words that would melt even the hardest heart. As much as I love Sophie and Sam's romantic story, Evelyn and Christian's complex relationship is equally compelling.

The visions that Sophie has are intriguing and lift the book beyond being a straightforward love story. These visions link various strands together in a wonderfully imaginative way.

There are playful touches of humor in this story. My favorite funny scene occurs at the laughter yoga class (delighted to find out that these classes exist for real). This hilarious scene is followed by a really sad one, and the author's ability to take me smoothly from one mood to another is exactly what I look for in a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read May 29, 2013
By Rhonda
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters were very likable and I could relate to Sophie and her judgemental and opinionated thoughts. I know several "Sophies". I really liked Sam and the quiet calm he seemed to always maintain. The flashbacks seemed a little confusing at times but they added intrigue to the story. Some parts were very funny. I nearly cracked up when reading the dinner scene. I was literally laughing out loud.
This was a nice romance with subtle suggestions on attaining peace in life.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
I really loved this book! Sam and Sophie are a great couple, and the book brought out so many emotions. I was laughing out loud at one point, then I was crying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Garaydell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story
4.5 stars! "Somewhere Between Black and White" is a wonderful read. The magic, depth and beautiful messages woven throughout the story make it such a feel-good novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Samantha Stroh Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Between Four and Five Stars
Shelly Hickman is so much more than a “chick lit” writer. Although her main characters would feel comfortable in that genre, Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Corie S.
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY Well-written Romance
I thought the story set in Las Vegas was a good description of a relationship where someone sees black and white and the other person sees all shades of grey. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Ballard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Sophie & Sam are teachers who fall in love throughout the story, but this is more than just a love story.
Sophie sees things in black and white. "It is what it is.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christy Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend and evening
The characters in this book sucked you in. The story of a person who views the world as black and white. Wrong or Right. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Venture
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters, thoughtful message
Are you the type to immediate jump to conclusions about why people do what they do? Or are you more likely to take into consideration their persona lives, the stresses they might... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jami Deise
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Quick Read
This was a very enjoyable quick read. I finished it in one evening. The story was well written and kept my attention. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tiggz
3.0 out of 5 stars a quick fun read with a message
I received a copy of Somewhere Between Black and White in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie is a single teacher who sees a man in a convenience store and feels an... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catherine Llewella
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beach read!
This book wasn't what I expected it to be from the cover, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the differences in characters and how they each come to fit together... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K
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Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer applications and multimedia at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.

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