Sweet Misfortune: A Novel

Sweet Misfortune: A Novel

by Kevin Alan Milne

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ISBN-13: 9781599953410
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 06/10/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 569,752
File size: 620 KB

About 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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 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
frisbeesage on LibraryThing 17 days ago
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!
drinio on LibraryThing 17 days ago
A bit of fluff. This was a good beach read, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who takes their literature seriously.
DLester on LibraryThing 17 days ago
My Synopsis:Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne(For review from Hachette Book Group)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!Sweet Misfortune is available now from your favorite bookseller!I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
LCoale1 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I figured I'd hate this book after reading the first three chapters, because the main character is one of those gloomy, woe-is-me types who will cause the demise of the world and victimizes herself whenever possible. I also didn't think highly of it because I got the book for $2.00 at a used book store and that normally means it's going to suck. I was wrong. 'Sweet Misfortune' was deep and intricate, and definitely worth battling through the difficult beginning. I've already decided to lend the book to one of my best friends. (:
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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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