Sweet Misfortune: A Novel
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Sweet Misfortune: A Novel

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by Kevin Alan Milne
     
 

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Sophie Jones has had more than her share of misfortune. Orphaned at a young age by a fatal car accident, her life has been the definition of tragedy, and every time she tries to move forward, her past drags her back. Her one consolation is discovering she's not alone when she whips up a batch of Misfortune Cookies that become a surprise hit with customers at her

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Sophie Jones has had more than her share of misfortune. Orphaned at a young age by a fatal car accident, her life has been the definition of tragedy, and every time she tries to move forward, her past drags her back. Her one consolation is discovering she's not alone when she whips up a batch of Misfortune Cookies that become a surprise hit with customers at her chocolate shop. Dipped in bitter chocolate, people delight in Sophie's unique handwritten fortunes far more than the unpalatable taste, even if reading, "Is it love or pity? Try not to dwell on it." isn't exactly the kind of thing to lift one's spirits.
It's not that Sophie is depressed, she's just a realist, and her luck seems true to rotten form when Garrett Black walks into her shop as a birthday surprise. He broke off their engagement with no explanation and disappeared. Now he wants to explain, but Sophie's far too wise to open herself up to him again. When he reacts with surprise and dismay to her Misfortune Cookies, Sophie sees the perfect opportunity to dodge the conversation.
She proposes Garrett take out a want ad in the local paper seeking sustainable happiness. When he gets a hundred responses she deems acceptable, she'll go out on one last date and hear him out. Sophie knows he has no chance of winning, but fate may have other ideas.

Editorial Reviews

Jason Wright
"Charming. Funny. Redemptive. All wrapped in a bittersweet and undeniably delicious flavor. Sweet Misfortune is Milne's best effort yet."
Diana Page Jordan
"I love this story...."
on Sweet Misfortune Booklist
"Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this uplifting novel about second chances, circumstance, coincidence, and, of course, happiness."
San Francisco Book Review
"...the story is ultimately heartwarming, and readers will be cheering for Sophie the whole time. This short book might not contain long-lasting happiness for us all, but it's certainly a good place to start."
From the Publisher
"I love this story...."—Diana Page Jordan, host of Open Book with Diana Page Jordan"

Charming. Funny. Redemptive. All wrapped in a bittersweet and undeniably delicious flavor. Sweet Misfortune is Milne's best effort yet."—Jason Wright, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters"

[An] affable yuletide yarn...The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic."—Publishers Weekly on The Paper Bag Christmas"

...the story is ultimately heartwarming, and readers will be cheering for Sophie the whole time. This short book might not contain long-lasting happiness for us all, but it's certainly a good place to start."—San Francisco Book Review, April 11, 2010"

Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this uplifting novel about second chances, circumstance, coincidence, and, of course, happiness."—Booklist, on Sweet Misfortune

Harriet Klausner Book Reviews
"...fun to read....fans will relish this fine character study."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599952963
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Alan Milne is the author of The Paper Bag Christmas, The Nine Lessons, Sweet Misfortune, and The Final Note. He earned an MBA at Pennsylvania State University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Milne grew up in the nearby quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and five children.

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Sweet Misfortune 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. There was one bit that I thought really didn't make sense with the Garrett character, but it wasn't so important as to ruin the story for me just not necessary. I think I will read more from this author. "A sweet read". ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Finished it so quickly. Miss the book already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was great to find out the truth about "the accident"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good story. It was also pretty funny in some spots. Held my attention from start to finish.
BIGBROWN More than 1 year ago
i loved the beginnning. It started out kinda slow, character kinda a little bitter, jaded, but turned out she has a heart. i found myself not wanting to put it down until i found out how it ended
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Fate and destiny are an interesting set of twins. One of them is always trying to manipulate the other and neither giving up the fight to be in control. When you add a touch of guilt into the mix you have the makings for an interesting course your life can take and Sophia Jones is all too aware of what fate can ruin, destiny can destroy and guilt can consume. On her 9th birthday a horrific car accident resulted in the death of her entire family along with a number of other innocent victims that Sophie continues to blames herself for as she was the one that distracted her father and therefore believes she was the cause of the accident. Her life is not all gloom and doom as she was placed in a wonderful home and raised with Evalynn her sister in all ways that matter and created a wonderful business and career as a chocolatier. But Sophie carries reality in her back pocket and knows that at some point if you are happy there is something around the corner to take it away and even turned her pessimistic attitude into a not so tasty fortune cookie where your fortune is reality based. For a period of time she was even engaged to an amazing man but Garrett Black changed his mind at the 11th hour and now after a year of being apart and Sophie coming to terms with the loss he is back and wants one date to make everything better. But Sophie is having none of his "please forgive me" routine and creates an impossible road block to them having another date. He must create a want ad that creates a response from 100 people who must write out a reason that they are happy. Sophie has to approve of them and she gets the final vote on whether it is true happiness they speak of or something less tangible. Garrett is a man up for any challenge and every obstacle she throws at him he is able to find a way around. Some of the letters are nonsense, some are okay and one in particular is life altering and has Sophie going back to walk again the path she took the night that changed her life. She connects with people who have answers to the questions she must get to resolve her fears and some of the secrets that are unfolded have Sophie again facing life altering changes in a way that she may never recover from. Garrett also has a secret or two of his own and when they are combined with Sophie's the combustion rocks both of them to the core of their existence. Sweet Misfortune is nothing but a wonderful, fortunate read and sweet barely touches the tenderness and warmth it conveys. The book is full of rich, warm characters that are real and thoughtful and full of flaws and doubts proving they are just like the rest of us. Not reading this book is a real loss for any reader who sometimes wonder what does it take to make me happy. Read this book and you may discover you are surrounded by it. Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com
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Loved the way the main character dealt with her pain. My daughter and I were both impressed with the understanding of the feminine viewpoint captured by a male author. Good character interactions. Will read other books by him.
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But my old english teacher was giving me suggestions for good books and this was one of them.....im excited to read it!!! Thanks ms chapman!
April Metz More than 1 year ago
Good summer read
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Merickel-books More than 1 year ago
this book is truly beautiful. it will captivate you from start to finish.
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lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
This story was so layered, I never expected it to unfold the way it did. Drama, angst, humor and family, a bit slow in spots, but really picks up later. It was amazing to see how events affect so many people and how it can connect them as well. It certainly makes you wonder about fate. I couldn't put it down, I had to keep going to see what the next twist would be. Good read.
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