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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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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: 935 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599952963
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (May 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00351DSH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
When a young woman experiences a horrific family tragedy--on her birthday, no less--she thinks nothing in life can knock her down so hard again. That is, until the man of her dreams dumps her weeks before their wedding. With no explanation whatsoever.

That's half the premise behind the wonderful story of Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne (published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.) While Milne doesn't necessarily always capture an authentic woman's voice in his lead character of Sophie Jones--occasionally she comes across as a little too aggressive--Milne makes up for these minor weaknesses by putting together an intriguing story and a fantastic "never saw it coming" climax.

Sophie Jones owns her own chocolate store in Seattle, but her life doesn't seem to have anything sweet about it. At the age of nine she loses her entire family in a terrible car accident and for the past 20 years has held herself accountable for it. Despite finally being raised by a wonderful foster mother, Sophie can't shake the idea that she was not meant to have any happiness in life.

When she meets podiatrist Garrett Black, it seems as though she might finally change her mind about that perspective. Garrett is handsome, attentive, and willing to give Sophie all the time and space she needs to learn to trust him--a character trait that doesn't come easily to Sophie. But she learns all the same, and the two decide to get married. Throwing herself into all the details of wedding planning, Sophie doesn't think anything could mar her chance at lifelong happiness now. Until Garrett shows up one rainy night just weeks before the big day and calls off the wedding, without bothering to explain why.

Author Milne's story doesn't begin here, however.
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