by Laura Jensen Walker

May 2005
ISBN: 0-8499-4523-2
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

Phoebe Grant works for a small newspaper, writing obituaries. Her dream job is writing movie reviews—for the same paper. And the movie review job is open. Phoebe is convinced the job will be hers when she has her employee evaluation.

At a singles activity that evening, Phoebe meets a dreamy guy who she’s convinced will be her future mate. Unfortunately, he seems to have an aversion to writers, because as soon as he learns her occupation, he takes off so fast the table tips over. Monday at work, Phoebe learns why. The newspaper she works for has been bought out—and dreamy guy cuts her job.

When Phoebe learns her mother has broken both arms, she returns home to help out, since she’s currently between jobs. But Phoebe hates small town life, and wants to return to her big city life as soon as possible. And all the men in the small town seem to be tobacco chewing, monster truck racers. Losers, in Phoebe’s opinion. Is it possible for Phoebe to find contentment where God has placed her?

Dreaming In Black And White is a cute chick lit with several funny moments. Phoebe loves old movies—and loves to spend hours watching chick flicks, so I really couldn’t relate to her well—movies tend to bore me. I also think Phoebe could have been better developed. The book tells me how much Phoebe has changed, but I really didn’t see it happening.

Still, there are several laugh-out-loud moments in Dreaming In Black And White. If you are a girly-girl into chick flicks you might be able to relate to Phoebe more than I could. Included at the end of the book is a list of favorite old-time movies and what they are about. You might find some of your own favorites listed. Check out Dreaming In Black And White today. The sequel, Dreaming in Technicolor will release in August 2005.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Laura.

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