Sweet Misfortune: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Sophie owns a chocolate shop where she sells Misfortune Cookies-dipped in bitter chocolate they contain messages she handwrites each day such as "Your car seems fine now, but just wait...it will eventually be a source of frustration and unexpected delay." What starts as a gimmick, turns into a surprise hit with customers. But when her ex-fiancée moves back to their small Washington town, he is surprised at how bitter and unhappy Sophie has become. He proposes a bet--she must place an ad in the paper that simply ...
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Sweet Misfortune: A Novel

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Overview

Sophie owns a chocolate shop where she sells Misfortune Cookies-dipped in bitter chocolate they contain messages she handwrites each day such as "Your car seems fine now, but just wait...it will eventually be a source of frustration and unexpected delay." What starts as a gimmick, turns into a surprise hit with customers. But when her ex-fiancée moves back to their small Washington town, he is surprised at how bitter and unhappy Sophie has become. He proposes a bet--she must place an ad in the paper that simply states "Wanted: Happiness." If at least 100 people respond, proving happiness isn't a myth, she agrees to a date with him. If not, he'll leave her alone forever. Sophie is convinced she'll win, but fate has other ideas when a reporter at the paper is intrigued by the ad as a story and posts it in newspapers across the country.
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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599953410
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 109,495
  • File size: 565 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    "Sweet Read"

    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". ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Great read

    Great read. Finished it so quickly. Miss the book already!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    great book

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was great to find out the truth about "the accident"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    This was good story. It was also pretty funny in some spots. Hel

    This was good story. It was also pretty funny in some spots. Held my attention from start to finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    I couldn't put this one down

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Great story

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    I havent even read it yet.....

    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!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Good read

    Good summer read

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Couldn%27t+put+down%21

    I+loved+this+book%21+I%27m+really+not+a+crier%2C+but+I+couldn%27t+help+it.++It%27s+a+true+love+story.++

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    a must read!!

    this book is truly beautiful. it will captivate you from start to finish.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Sweet Misfortune

    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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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Light, funny, and entertaining with a bite of sarcasm to cut the sweetness.

    Sweet Misfortunes is the story of Sophie Jones, the ultimate pessimist. Orphaned at nine in a terrible car accident and at twenty-nine abruptly abandoned by her fiancee, Sophie is convinced that there are no happy endings in life. The huge success of her Misfortune Cookies, fortune cookies filled with gloom and doom, just affirms her belief. When her ex-fiancee reappears determined to change her mind all it takes is an ad in the newspaper looking for happiness to turn her life upside down.

    This book is light, funny, and entertaining with a bite of sarcasm to cut the sweetness. Without the gloom and doom (and hilarious!) misfortunes this book would be just plain sappy, but Sophie's dogged pessimism adds just the right note. The plot is original and the characters unusual and quirky enough to be charming. I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Some people are lucky in love. You aren't one of them.

    Sophie owns a chocolate shop where she sells Misfortune Cookies-dipped in bitter chocolate they contain messages she hand writes each day such as "Your car seems fine now, but just wait...it will eventually be a source of frustration and unexpected delay." What starts as a gimmick, turns into a surprise hit with customers. But when her ex-fiancée moves back to their small Washington town, he is surprised at how bitter and unhappy Sophie has become. He proposes a bet--she must place an ad in the paper that simply states "Wanted: Happiness.(excerpt from inside cover).

    My Review:

    This is such a wonderful story and you'll be so surprised at how it ends up. At the beginning of each chapter there are cynical fortunes that Sophie personally writes and inserts into each of the bitter fortune cookies she sells in her chocolate shop. It is easy to figure out just why she is that way after her fiancee dumps her just a week before her wedding. At least she has found an outlet for her pain and it's the best seller at her shop.

    We find the book opening to Sophie's birthday and one she hates to celebrate. It's on that fateful day twenty years ago that her life would be forever changed when she loses her family in a horrible car accident leaving her an orphan.

    Yet Garrett Black shows up that on her birthday wanting to explain why he called off the wedding if she is only willing to give him a date. Sophie has no intention on following through and decides that placing an ad in the Times looking for happiness is the best way to deal with him. She tells him if 100 responses come in that she approves are true feelings of happiness, than she will agree to go on that one date and learn the truth of why he devastated her life that day.

    I received this wonderful, rainy day, romance book, Sweet Misfortune, by Kevin Alan Milne, compliments of Hachette Book Groups in exchange for my honest review. This one rates a perfect 10. The story and characters are so believable that I was turning pages as fast as I could read them. It's a heart rendering story of how God can use bad things to bring about true and lasting happiness.

    For more information on this book, the author and where to pick up a copy of this book, simply click on the link below. This book is available in hard cover and eBook formats.

    http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9781599952970.htm

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Sweet Misfortune

    My Synopsis:

    Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

    Sophie Jones has weathered some big storms in her life, including loosing her parents in an auto accident and being jilted by her fiancée a week before the wedding. Needless to say her idea of happiness is a bit skewed. She has realized her dream of owning her own chocolate shop and created a niche for her business that isn't being tapped. Her latest creation are Misfortune cookies. Misfortune cookies have a bitter taste and an even more bitter fortune inside. But, somehow people really enjoy these dire predictions and keep coming back for more.

    When Sophie's ex-fiancée, Garrett resurfaces after a year wanting to explain why he left, Sophie is adamantly against the idea. Garrett thinks Sophie is depressed but she believes she's a realist. He is determined to prove to her that happiness does exist. In order to get a date with Sophie, so that he can explain himself, Garrett must do the impossible. Place an ad seeking "real" happiness that doesn't "fleet" in the Seattle Times and receive 100 acceptable responses. Sophie has no idea how that little ad will change her life forever. Will Sophie find real happiness? Will Garrett finally be able to tell her why he left? Will Sophie ever stop blaming herself for the past?

    My Thoughts:

    Sweet Misfortune has shot to the top of my top ten of the year. What a great story. I loved the setting the characters and the premise of the story. Kevin Alan Milne has created a story that will speak to many people. With themes including forgiveness, surviving tragedy, and divine providence, this is a real winner.

    Sophie character is a realist. She doesn't really believe in real happiness. Everything and everyone some how goes away. It's all fleeting. Readers can understand why she feels this way considering her past. I think at one time or another most people feel a bit disillusioned by their own circumstances. The part I really like about Sophie and her story is that something good can come out of tragedy and this book really portrays that well. We don't know why things happen the way they do but, sometimes the "wish of your heart" comes true in very unexpected ways.

    Another part I really enjoyed was how connected the world really is. We sometimes call it coincidence but, Ellen would say it's divine providence and I believe that. It's amazing how small the world really is though. Sometimes we meet people that are somehow intertwined in our lives in ways we could never believe. Long lost relatives and friends of friend of friend. I truly enjoyed this book and gave me hope. I always say if a book can make you feel some kind of emotion it was a darn good book. It made me drop a few tears, it made me smile and it made me happy. From now on I'm going to call myself a "hopeful" romantic instead of a "hopeless" romantic, there's a difference!

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Sweet romance about learning to trust again

    Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne is a fantastic romance with a message of letting go of guilt and learning to trust love. Sophie Jones loves running her candy shop which has become well known for its Misfortune Cookies: dipped in bitter baker's chocolate, each one has a unique, hand-written negative fortune. Unlike your usual fortunes that promise good things and blessings, these predict car repairs, balding, and broken hearts. Sophie came up with the idea after her fiance, Garrett, canceled their wedding just days before the date. Already suffering from guilt from her parents' deadly car accident on her ninth birthday, she had trouble allowing herself to love anyone, so Garrett's betrayal cut extra deep. Now, nearly a year after the break-up, Garrett is back and wants to explain his actions. Sophie sets up a nearly impossible bet with him to ensure they will never have the date he wants, but the bet gets a little out of hand and the whole country gets involved. Milne is best known for writing super sentimental stories like The Paper Bag Christmas, but I think that he's truly hit his stride with this romance. Sophie's pain is palpable, yet Milne keeps her likable. Her stepsister Evi nearly steals the novel away from Sophie, and I hope that Milne writes something for her as well. The story is thoroughly enjoyable, a great escape, but there's a powerful message of letting go of guilt and trusting love again.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    fine character study

    Though years have come and gone since the pivotal tragedy of her life, Gig Harbor, Washington resident Sophie Jones never moved passed the accidental deaths of her parents when she was nine years old. When her fiancé Dr. Garrett Black breaks off their relationship, she becomes depressed. A chocolate shop owner, she creates and sells the Misfortune Cookies that are made with bitter chocolate and contain cynical messages that all focus on this is the worst of all possible worlds but will inevitably get even worse. Her philosophy is Murphy is an optimist

    Garrett returns to town and wants to start anew with his beloved. She rejects him, but it is how acrimonious and angry Sophie has become that shocks him. They make a bet over an ad they place in the local paper: "Wanted: Happiness." He insists 100 people or more will respond; she says no way. If he is right she will go out with him; if not he will not bother her again.

    This is a bittersweet sugary tale that though over the top of Mount Rainier is fun to read. Fans will want the acrimonious Misfortune Cookie writer to be proven wrong, but have no hope this will occur. Sophie is terrific with her life sucks attitude while Garret tries to prove her wrong. With a great twist albeit not realistic, fans will relish this fine character study of how a tragedy impacted three families still affects the survivors years after the harrowing bereaving incident.

    Harriet Klausner

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