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Somewhere Between Black and White

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Librarian Note: This is an Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00ATL0I8O - Somewhere Between Black and White.

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
Kindle Edition, 185 pages
Published January 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published December 9th 2012)
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Patricia Mann
Apr 09, 2013 Patricia Mann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book far exceeded all my expectations! I thought it would be a sweet romance and I knew it would be very well written and enjoyable since I was already a fan of the author. But having finished it recently, I'm blown away by the depth of the book and the way Hickman so beautifully weaves such important messages into the story. The budding romance between Sam and Sophie was captivating and sensual and very satisfying. The relationship between Sophie and her sister Evie was so real and allowed ...more
Carolyn Aspenson
Jul 10, 2013 Carolyn Aspenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say that this story is about a couple, Sam and Sophie, but while I enjoyed that couple, for me, the couple that really made the book was Evelyn and Christian.

There are several components that factor into this story and while I don't want to give the big spoiler away (I'm not sure it's mentioned on the book description and honestly didn't check before writing the review so I won't mention it), what spoke to me is the differences between the couples and the individual characters them
Mar 21, 2013 Ank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't read contemporary romance, but I loved the title so I figured this was a great opportunity to give her a try.
This is a good story. The characters are emotionally engaging and easy to relate to, the plot has some nice little twists, and the story has been written with finesse and edited well.
I recommend you give this book a try if you're the least bit interested by the summary. Everyone will connect with different aspects of the story and even if you don't love everything, the
Jul 18, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere Between Black and White is an enjoyable story that delves into the dynamics of family, romantic relationships and life in general. Written in the third person narrative and set in Las Vegas, author Shelly Hickman weaves a fun tale that follows computer teacher Sophie Cook as she learns that life isn't always black and white, that it also has a softer shade of gray.

Sophie is very opinionated and quick to judge people and situations, she views life as either black or white. At first glan
Wendy Janes
Jun 13, 2013 Wendy Janes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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
Krystal Milton
Jul 15, 2013 Krystal Milton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
This book was simplistically great. One of the things I loved about it was how it flowed. There were funny moments, sweet moments and gracious moments which allowed me as the reader to feel connected with the storyline and characters the entire book.

Shelly as an author, I believe, has a skill that allows the reader to constantly connect and stay connected as she paints a vivid picture.

My favorite character was Christian, Evie’s husband and friend. His inner conflict is what drew me to him and
Karen *ReaderGirl*
Somewhere Between Black and White is the first novel I’ve read from author Shelly Hickman, but I hope it’s not the last! I really enjoyed her writing “voice” and thought this novel was very well done. The characters were interesting and flawed with real problems, and it showed that not all relationships in books have to be about barriers to the man and woman getting together, but sometimes about growing as a couple and helping each other evolve into better people, like this book did. For an ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Kaylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a charming novel! This is the first book that I’ve read from author Shelly Hickman, but I really liked her writing style so I’ll probably read more in the future. I thought the relationship between Sam and Sophie was interesting in that usually it’s the guy with all the issues and the woman has to fix or save him, and this way it seemed the other way around. They had a good relationship, but what I think I liked the best was the background setting of the events at Sophie’s school ...more
Samantha Bailey
Dec 06, 2013 Samantha Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. I loved Sophie, the main character, and how she dealt with her struggles and triumphs and her relationships with Sam and her sister, Evie. The relationships between the characters are well-developed, compelling and complex, and I will think about the many important issues raised in this book for a long time. I'm excited to read ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I suppose the alternative title could be called 'Shades of Grey'. No, there's nothing of an explicit nature here. Instead it is the story of a young woman who only judges things in absolutes, as polar opposites, with no concession as to what might fall between the spectrum -- and all by the yardstick of her own morals and scruples. She meets a fella who is completely opposite, and yet complements her. He sees (or tries to) the heart of things, and understands and accepts their varied ...more
May 20, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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
Aug 23, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Wow did I relate to this book. Watching Sophie's evolution as she began to understand how much her attitude toward others was hurting her own relationships. As she learns more about accepting people as they are and offering no judgement, I could totally relate from my own personal experiences. Not that I've been able to come that far with all my relationships, it reminded me how much I still need to work on for myself. I enjoyed reading through the progression of Sam and Sophie's relationship. ...more
Kayci Morgan
Apr 14, 2013 Kayci Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an easy, fun read. Very romantic, with likable, realistic characters. And so sweet it made my teeth hurt at times. If you're into feel good romance, this is definitely worth picking up.
Sandy Neal
Jun 17, 2015 Sandy Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprise Reaction

When a story makes me cry and laugh out loud both, it's a good book! I look forward to reading more by this author.
Nov 22, 2013 Corie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women's fiction readers
Recommended to Corie by: Patricia Mann
Shelly Hickman is so much more than a “chick lit” writer. Although her main characters would feel comfortable in that genre, Ms. Hickman stretches the definition with a depth not often found among works of “romantic” fiction. As she does in her first novel, “Believe”, Shelley tackles some of the stickier relational issues in Somewhere Between Black and White, and this willingness to write beyond the goal of pure lascivious entertainment is what sets her apart from other, so called “chick lit”.

Thom Swennes
Jan 24, 2015 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-e-book
When teachers have to resort to pictograms (instead of written instructions) to get their class to cooperate and participate, you know our educational system is on its last legs. The only conceivable advantage to this mode of information distribution is that you don’t have to repeat the instructions in various languages. This book aptly describes the vision of didactic Hell and illustrates the reason I never chose teaching as a career choice. This story poses an interesting and fundamental ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to start “Somewhere Between Black and White” because I wanted to read Sophie and Sam’s story. Quickly, I began to really enjoy this book and like the characters, especially the relationship Sophie has with her sister, Evie. When Evie’s situation seems black and white to Sophie, it’s not for her and wishes her sister would see that things aren’t always that way…

And then Sophie meets and gets to know Sam, someone she’s convinced that she’s known from a previous life.

I found Sam’s cha
Oct 19, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.." that's what I feel like her character is like. Things are always one way...or the other. She's very judgmental and needs to be somewhat kinder to others. Sam, however, sees the gray - the kinder, softer, gentler side of things. He is more tolerating and understanding. He's able to help Sophie see things for what they COULD be...t
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 instant attraction to him. Her second encounter with him is a chance meeting and a short conversation in a grocery store. Third time is a charm though, because she discovers that Sam too is a teacher, and happens to work at the same school as she does. They begin spending time together and with their first shared kiss, Sophie can't
As far as this book goes, it had it good and bad parts. I try and keep my reviews as fair as possible, so I have to be honest. It was a sweet read, and at times “too sweet”. I didn’t feel like it was really “real” enough feeling. Like Sam seemed too good to be true and Sophie was a bit over the top. Some of the other characters came across as caricatures, and there seemed to be underlying “messages” behind the events that happened. Almost like the author was trying to teach the reader a life ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****

This book centers on Sophie and the people in her life, her sister Evelyn, brother-in-law Christian, new boyfriend Sam and her students. Sophie has always seen things in black and white; she judges people and has no problem voicing her opinion. When she meets Sam who sees things in shades of gray, her thinking begins to change and so do her relationships. I liked this book and the message it was trying to get across, the
Mar 20, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-2013
I adored Sam. I adored Evie and her strength. I adored how even though Christian cared so much for Evie, he still thought she deserved better than him. And of course, I adored Sophie's family, especially her aunt.

So while the story was cute and all, I just didn't see a major conflict. The flashbacks were confusing (and not to mention a bit strange) and the ending was just so rushed. All the different perspectives makes it a bit harder to fully understand the characters and instead, just get litt
Samantha Janning
Jul 04, 2013 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelly Hickman is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Somewhere Between Black and White

I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I liked the romance between Sophie and Sam, and the soul mate angle was interesting to think about. The plot line for Evie and her husband Christian was pretty intense. Sometimes I was more excited to read about their story because there was a lot going on there, a lot of depth, and I was curious to see how they would end up. I wasn’t too sure about the flashbacks that
Aug 03, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tells the story of Sophie, a middle school teacher in North Las Vegas, and Sam. They were very cute and believable together, and I thought the dialogue was as natural sounding as I’ve seen anywhere. The pacing was good and consistent, and I never felt bored. But at times I felt there was a certain something lacking that made me just HAVE to keep reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. It’s hard to explain, but almost like it felt to “safe” if that makes sense. No matter ...more
Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 Stacie Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book, in exchange for honest review from Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I received a free Kindle copy. This weekend was the worse time to read kindle books. Kindle for pc kept freezing up and my kindle also had a few issues. I received the book Saturday Night and finally got the book to open Sunday Afternoon.

On to the review:

Sophie worked as a middle school teacher and her sister, Evelyn had lupus. Evelyn's husband still expected her to take care of him. Reminded me somewhat of my ex-
Jan 18, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read. There is not a single complaint I can make about it. Shelly’s writing style flows nicely and the editing it great meaning there are no distracting errors that spoil the story. Shelly combines romance with humour and creates an awesome story with a page turning plot line.

“Somewhere between Black and White” tells the story of Sophie and Sam who both work teaching children at school and fall in love. However, just like in real life things aren’t that simple. With Sophie’s
Jul 22, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and surprisingly the ones I liked the best weren’t even the main duo (Sophie and Sam) but her Sister Evie and her husband Christian. Honestly I think the author could’ve written almost a better book had she made them the focus and made Sophia and Sam the secondary characters because they almost felt too vanilla and almost staged. But I did enjoy their relationship and watching Sophie develop. There were some elements of the book that I didn’t feel ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and fun read! I read this book in one night, I really enjoyed it. The author writes so naturally and fluidly it was easy to just get lost in the story. It was a very nice change of pace from all the angsty, drama-ridden romances I’ve been reading lately. I will say that it is a bit on the tame side, and while I appreciated that aspect, those looking for extreme obstacles or crazy tension with H/H may look elsewhere. Fortunately I thought there were other redeeming qualities to this book ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I really enjoyed Shelly's writing style... she's got some flow that is easy to keep up with and get lost in.

I loved the characters... granted the heroine did get on my nerves quite a bit but the hero was a doll and he helped her grow into a better person!

This was a cute story for sure!
Jan 25, 2015 Kristiane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I enjoy the story. I'm usually not a fan of a third person POV but this book is an exception. I like how it was narrated and the the writing style. The combination of family drama, relationship, humor and philosophical belief is great and refreshing for me (especially after reading too much angsty books. The storyline is deep and makes you want to contemplate your life. A recommended read!!!
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Hello there! A little about me. A long-time Las Vegas native, I spend my days teaching computer technology to hormonal middle schoolers. I live with my husband of 20+ years, two kids, and our lovable and sometimes annoying dogs. Our Sunday night family ritual is watching The Walking Dead. (Super serious crush on Andrew Lincoln, by the way.) Being a huge fan of movies with stupid humor, Zoolander, ...more
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