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Sophie is very opinionated and quick to judge people and situations, she views life as either black or white. At first glance she comes off very strong, abrupt and abrasive when dealing with her older sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Christian. Evelyn has lupus, and Sophie is very concerned for her sister because Christian has a mood disorder that makes him disconnected from everyone and everything in life, rendering him unable to help take care of Evelyn, which makes Sophie totally nuts. But Sophie's in for a lesson in life when she meets fellow teacher Sam Collins. As Sophie and Sam's romantic relationship develops, this strong and steady man teaches Sophie that life isn't always black and white, that sometimes life and its situations fall within a gray area.
I really enjoyed reading this story, it provides a healthy dose of reality when the story delves into matters involving the dynamics of family and romantic relationships and life situations, but it also has a humorous side like when Sophie is dealing with her troublesome students in the classroom, and it also has a sweet romantic love story between Sophie and Sam.
I have to admit that at first I was not a fan of Sophie. I didn't like her strong and overbearing personality, especially in her dealings with Evelyn and Christian. But when Sophie meets Sam and their relationship develops, I like the change in Sophie, she becomes a more softer and accepting person. I love Sam, he's a gentle, kind and accepting man that simply melted my heart. I also admired Evelyn and Christian's marriage, they both have their struggles in life, but the love and dedication that they have for each other keeps them strong and holding on. The only thing that I did not enjoy was the flashbacks that was interwoven throughout the story, they just didn't make sense and were an unnecessary distraction. But overall, if you are looking for a heartwarming and entertaining story that has a sweet romance and thoughtful life message included, then Somewhere Between Black and White would be a perfect light summer beach read.
The story is about Sophie. She is the youngest daughter, a sister has lupus and a husband that Sophie doesn't think is nearly good enough or supportive enough of her sister. She doesn't hesitate to let her thoughts and feelings be known. Even though the sister has asked her many times to keep her thoughts to herself and let her live her own life, she keeps at it. Sophie is a lot like most of us today. always putting herself in a position of deciding how others should live their lives. And then there are the every day judgments that are made on the bad kid in the neighborhood, the rude driver, etc. Sophie is a pretty tough cookie. Not a very happy one but content in the knowledge that she has most of the answers to everything.
And then she meets Sam. Sam is a gentle soul, a live and let live type of guy. he has compassion and understanding. He tries to see the good in everyone and not judge rude behavior or violent actions. He has a very Zen quality about him. The very first time she sees him she feels like she knows him from somewhere but she just can't seem to place him. Then she runs into him again and it is starting to get a little weird. The third time she is really getting freaked out. Then she discovers that he has the same feeling. When she is close to him she has a vision that seems to take her back to about the 1940's. She is very confused.
There are a lot of things going on in this story. Too many to give in a review. Sophie starts to "see" some of the things she is doing in her life that is actually holding her back and causing stress in her own space and is her own doing. things happen to cause her to start listening to some of the teachings Sam has already learned. In the course of doing this, if you read carefully you will start to learn some very valuable lessons yourself. I totally missed all this before. I'm not sure why but reading the story this time I truly get it. It is a great story and it wouldn't hurt to have it as required reading. It could help a lot of youngsters that are struggling with their own lives. I highly recommend this story. It was good in every sense of the word. I loved it.
I was not paid for my review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.