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Playing the Hand You're Dealt

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sometimes the simple truth is the hardest to face…
From her old-fashioned name to her gentle nature, everyone in Emily Eloise Snow’s Atlanta, Georgia, hometown knows her as a sweet young woman who always does what’s right. That’s how her widowed mother raised her. But when Emily’s mother dies, her quiet life is shaken to its core, leaving her devastated—and ready for a fres
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Dafina (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michelle Lindo-Rice
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book had a storyline that had me glued. Love is complicated but the question remains, Can we help who we love? Emily had be turning the pages until the end. Skilled writing by Trice Hickman.
Cheryl Durham
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying I was excited about being introduced to the work of Trice Hickman. I will read more by this author.

However, this was a difficult read for me. The author does a fantastic job in developing the characters and acquainting the reader with how they arrived at their present lot in life. The heart wants what the heart wants . And, as the author would postulate "there is a delicate balance between exercising good judgement and throwing caution to the wind."

Be it Samantha, Tyler,
C. Mills
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Romances of most sorts have some, or a lot, of sex in them, but it's soft core or softer core porn. This one is hard-core porn. I was appalled. It means I won't be reading any more of Ms Hickman's books. In my opinion, the best sex scenes are those that give only enough detail to set the reader's own imagination down that person's idea of good sex.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dreading something is far worse than doing it!

In this rich tale of keeeping secrets from the ones you love, secrets collide causing long, lasting and devastating effects. Trice Hickman does it again with her effective, detail woven story with a rich and dynamic flair. I can't get over how well she weaves together her characters with out any contradiction to tell wonderful stories. It makes you read it slowly because you don't want it to end.

In Playing the Hand You're Dealt, we meet Emily Snow a
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I saw this book on the Black Expressions Blookclub website. It sounded like a great book, so I ordered a copy since it is a newer book.

The cover really caught my eye, a picture of a black woman in kind of a sexy position with a dress cut low in the back and a necklace drapped down. She looks maybe like she is dancing or something or trying to get a man's attention. The woman in the picture is the main character, Emily Snow.

Emily is in love with her friend Samantha's father, but nobody knows, not
Friends & Lovers are Hard to Come By

Emily Snow and Samantha Baldwin have been the best of friends since freshman year in college. They share everything, even the same birthday. Many years and miles away, their friendship has remained in tact. With the death of Emily's mother they are once again in the same city - Washington, D.C. But Emily has a secret. She's in love...with Samantha's father.

Trice Hickman has once again given readers a satisfying read. Narrated with alternating chapters fro
African Americans on the Move Book Club
When opening Playing the Hand You're Dealt I started to see that Trice Hickman was a great story teller. There wasn't any unnecessary descriptions and I loved the fact that her characters told the story. It was my first time reading a book that was told in first and third person and I liked the format. The story consists of a young woman in love with her best friends father. Now we all know that when we see a young women with a rich old man we instantly think gold digger. But in this book Hickma ...more
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Trouble Brewing,

Born on the same day, Emily Snow and Samantha Baldwin are polar opposites. College roommates, Emily has always done things exactly as they were supposed to be done. Samantha usually does what feels good to her at that moment. In twelve years they've shared, heartache, childbirth, laughter and tears. When Samantha convinces Emily to move to D.C., it is then that Emily decides that she can no longer continue to deny her feelings. Samantha is on a road to redemption. Everyone appear
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emily and Samantha have been best friends for eleven years. When Emily's mother dies, Samantha encourages her to move from Atlanta to Sam's hometown of DC. The only hitch in the plan is that Emily has been in love with Samantha's father for the past 11 years. In the beginning, I wanted Emily to move on and find someone else for her affections. My feelings definitely changed by the end of the book. It was a page turner. I enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the book ...more

Best friends Emily and Samantha's relationship has withstood the joys and pains of life. Can their friendship, however, weather their largest storm ever? Emily is in love with Samantha's father and the feeling is mutual.

On the premise alone, the story had me hook, line and sinker. Best friends, forbidden love...I was anxious to see where Trice Hickman would take this story. She doesn't disappoint. I loved the characters and the realness of their emotions. I really liked this story. "Pla
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Desiree Watson
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Emily and Samantha have been friends since childhood. What Samantha doesn't know is that Emily has been in love with Sam's father Ed since they were in college. When Samantha finds out that they are having an affair she is devastated. It shatters her when she finds out. When Sam gets married, Emily and her father are not invited. It is only a few years later, when both girls are pregnant at the same time that the relationship is repaired. Gerti was the mother Samantha never had, and the one who ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love, betrayal, dysfunctional families, and a little bit of gansta all rolled into one story that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. I cracked up whenever Samantha would break bad on someone. I could just see her in her power suit complete with stiletto heels, going from a successful career woman to gansta in a matter of seconds. I can't wait see what the author comes up with next, this is going to be a tough book to top.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think there were relatable topics throughout the book but the foundation of the story was weak to me. You just have a crush on your friend's dad for no apparent reason? It just came out of no where? Not realistic in my opinion. On the positive, I do believe the familial relationships (mom/daughter, wife/husband) were realistic and I could see that happening to families.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading this author though I had been intending to do so for some time. I was not disappointed. This was not the usual love story but a good one nonetheless. Just the right amount of drama was included to make a well rounded story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Charles L Freeman, Jr
Riveting tale of deception, friendship, love, money and power!

I'd never read Trice Hickman's work before this book was recommended to me, but I'm a big fan of hers now. This intriguing tale kept me interested from start to finish.
Taylor Rice
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-stories
Fun book with fun characters. I loved all the relationships within the book, they felt real because of how twisted and complicated they were. This book really is about playing the hand you are dealt in life. Making the best of what you have and finding happiness.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the ending. It was too "neat" after all the messiness in the rest of the book.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alyce Rocco
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Trice Hickman's novel, Playing the Hand You're Dealt" is a love story with steamy sex scenes. It is a good read, but not a book I would read a second time.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
a roller coaster of emotions so well written and an ending that I was pleased with
Teri Rainey
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starting to become one of my favorite authors.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a twist to that and now i can not wait to read another book of her.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an intense book
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book.
Tamala Stuckey
So far this one I am excited about. I am on chapter 3 but wanted to put it down to read some non-fiction for a bit. I look forward to revisiting this one. :) I love Trice.
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Prior to writing, Trice Hickman's diverse professional career included work in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on her second novel, and a third book is already underway. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband. "
“I turned around and there he was, Edward Curtis Baldwin. My best friend's father. My Sweet Pea's Papa. And my heart's true desire. I had loved this man for the better part of my adult life.” 1 likes
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