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Sweet Misfortune: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Alan Milne
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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From Publishers Weekly

Milne (The Nine Lessons) slightly dials down his trademark oversentimentality in this serviceable novel of uplift. Chocolatier Sophie Jones carries around much guilt about her parents' accidental death when she was nine, so when her fiancé, Garrett Black, dumps her, she gets to feeling very, very sad. But in a lemons/lemonade moment, she channels her disappointment into a signature cookie: the Misfortune Cookie, which becomes a hit with her customers. She's eventually somewhat content, but then Garrett begs her to take him back, and she presents him with a challenge: prove that true happiness exists. The challenge, while silly, predictably leads them down a path they never expected. While this packs all the warm fuzzies Milne's readers would expect, a flood of too-serendipitous developments strain credibility, even for a cute, disposable confection. For readers willing to do some serious suspending of disbelief, there'll be some smiles. (June)
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From Booklist

For someone who owns a chocolate shop, Sophie Jones is not very sweet. Her life is full of tragedy, starting with her parents’ death in a car crash on her ninth birthday, up to her fiancé Garrett mysteriously breaking up with her and moving away mere days before their wedding. Always a realist and a cynic, Sophie knows that nothing lasts forever and disappointment is always around the corner, and is dismayed when Garrett comes back into her life. Garrett has had a change of heart and wants another chance to make her happy. She says that true happiness is fleeting, while Garrett contends that there is no limit. They make an agreement: Garrett will put an ad in the local paper seeking long-term happiness, and if he gets 100 responses that meet Sophie’s exacting standards, she will go out on one last date and hear why he left her. Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this uplifting novel about second chances, circumstance, coincidence, and, of course, happiness. --Hilary Hatton

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00351DSH8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Sweet Misfortune - by Kevin Alan Milne

Misconceptions. I think that sums up exactly what this book is about. Misconceptions and the power of divine providence and, oh yes...love. On Sophia Jones ninth birthday, she looses her family in a very tragic car accident. But little did we know that 20 years later the consequences of that accident on that very stormy night would still be affecting so many people. Sophia has grown up with a foster mother and a foster sister, and even made her way in life as a chocolatier with her own shop, but she is still lacking something. Until her mother fixes her up on a blind date, Sophia has gone about her life alone, although that's not always a bad thing and it is important that through divine providence Sophia and Garret Black meet...and fall in love. And break up!

This story shows how a persons understanding of an incident can be, if not exactly selfish, but skewed to the point that it can change ones life. This book proves that there are always three sides to every story -your side, how everyone else saw it and the truth. And this book prove that there are three truths.

I loved this book. This may be a short and rather quick read, but it is not one that you don't want to savor just like the fine chocolates that Sophia makes. I think that this book is a keeper and one that you may want to read more than one time. This novel allowed me to have a lot of laughter, tears, curiosity, frustration and joy. If it wasn't for the wonderful characters and compelling story I may have finally given in to my curiosity to read the ending first to see what it was that Garret needed a whole `date' to explain to Sophia why he had broken their engagement. While some may try to stick this into the chick lit genre, that would be cruel and inhumane treatment of Mr. Milne's most excellent and heartfelt novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Big Schmaltz July 3, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Are you familiar with the movie, White Christmas? There is a scene where Emma, the housekeeper of the Columbia Inn (played by Mary Wickes), is overwhelmed with emotion - and speaks of the big `schmaltz' of the coming production. As I read Sweet Misfortune, I found it to be a big schmaltz...lots of bits and pieces inserted to tug upon my heart strings.
Kevin Alan Milne, the author, gives us a beautiful woman chocolatier with a tragic past. She has a grim view on life that distances her from others. Milne adds a handsome podiatrist (yes, that went a bit beyond formulaic) who is attracted to her, and sets the story in rainy Seattle. There are mistakes and misunderstandings, secondary characters who have overcome adversity with poignancy and grace, and an advert in the local paper to find true voices that define what happiness is.
Sophia Jones is the beautiful woman with a chocolate shop. She lost her parents in a car accident in the Seattle rains when she was nine years old. For twenty years she has blamed herself for the accident and lived in constant anticipation of disappointment. When her foster mom sets her up on a blind date with a podiatrist, Garrett - she resists and denies and then slowly succumbs to love.
Love, which of course ends in disappointment when Garrett cancels the wedding with no explanation.
Jump ahead about a year and Sophie is writing clever misfortunes and placing them in her misfortune cookies, an inedible cookie made with the bitterest of chocolate. The idea for these cookies was inspired by her luckless relationship. The cookies become a big hit with her customers; their messages were kind of the [...] of cookies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a heartfelt and thoughtful read February 27, 2010
By Laura B
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Sofie is a glass half-empty person. She's not really sad, but she isn't happy either. When the man who broke her heart returns to her life and wants to try and set right his wrong, she gives him a task she doesn't believe he'll ever complete. He needs to put an ad in the local paper looking for happiness and get 100 viable responses before she will even listen to his explanation.

This is a story about how a single event can be a pivotal moment is not just one life, but many. The perspective that is taken is what makes it different for each person. Each perspective tells a small part of the story, but put them together to get the whole. This story is about heartbreak, romance, love, redemption, and most of all finding happiness even when we think there is none.

I think this is one of the best books I have read in a while. It had the option of being corny and a unbelievable, but it was woven together so well, that it was neither. It really was heartwarming. It is inspirational without being preachy or religious. It speaks of providence and the idea of God, but never goes into too much detail of faith. All those ideas can be interpreted by the reader however you like. Sofie's snarkiness from the beginning had me thinking I wouldn't like her as a character, but she is given depth and growth throughout the book that I found myself seeing much of myself in her.

Overall, just a wonderful read that puts this one on my keeper shelf.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortune cookie say... use caution behind the wheel March 11, 2010
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Sophie Jones was dumped by her fiancée without explanation only weeks before their wedding. She takes it as proof that true happiness lies beyond her reach (her parents were killed in a car crash on her 9th birthday), and channels her hurt into a new creation in her specialty chocolate store: misfortune cookies. Dipped in bitter chocolate and containing a cynical "misfortune" they turn out to be a hit. But when her ex-fiancée, Garrett, returns a year later she's not interested in hearing his excuse. Garrett refuses to give up so easily, however, and agrees to a bet: if he can get at least 100 legitimate responses to a classified ad saying "Wanted: Happiness," Sophie will go out on one more date with him.

I ordered this book for my wife but thought the idea sounded interesting and decided to read it, too. It's not the kind of book I usually read but it didn't take long to get sucked in and before I knew it I couldn't put it down. My wife couldn't stop reading either, and had to finish it just so she "could get back to her life." It's definitely a bit on the "girly" side according to my wife, and I found the romance a little sappy, but overall a nice, clean, and enjoyable story. If you like Nicholas Sparks books, you'll probably love this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was excellent as all of the other books by Kevin.
Published 23 days ago by R. D. Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Chick story. Appeals to women who just want to relax with a story about relationships that are not filled with sexual innuendos and violence. Read more
Published 23 days ago by nana
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a pretty quick read for me
This was a pretty quick read for me. There were moments I enjoyed, but overall I really disliked the main character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shelby N.
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Rainbows...
I cannot say anything but wonderful things about this book. Sophie lived through such a tragic event that so altered the path her life took. Read more
Published 6 months ago by betherie 1
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
Sophie Jones is a chocolatier who runs her own chocolate shop. She has had a lot of heartbreak, pain and guilt that she carries from her past so her outlook on life is not very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars This book takes you from lalala to OH WOW by the time your done!
This book is more than what it seems when you start reading it. I was expecting just another little love story about how Sophie overcomes all her misfortunes to live happily ever... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julie Drucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 7 months ago by Julie Steen
5.0 out of 5 stars What a sweet , fortunate novel
This wonderful writer puts such a different spin in his stories! I can't put them down. Sweet Misfortune was no different. LOVE ED it! Time to get another one!
Published 8 months ago by Lynn b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book
Published 8 months ago by hugs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have become a fan of Kevin Alan Milne - this book is one of the best, but all of his books are good.
Published 11 months ago by aew
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More About the Author

Kevin Milne was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Although Oregon was always considered home, he also spent portions of his childhood in Virginia, Hawaii, and California. In 1991 he graduated from Sherwood High school, followed by undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, then an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. As an adult he has lived in such varied places as Vermont, New Jersey, Nevada, Austria, and Croatia.

Since beginning his writing career in 2007, Milne's novels have been reproduced in 16 languages worldwide. His first published work, "The Paper Bag Christmas", was converted to a stage play in 2011.

Today, Kevin resides once more in his home town of Sherwood, Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, were married in Washington DC in 1995, and are the proud parents of five children.

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