Sweet Misfortune  -     By: Kevin Allan Milne
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Is happiness a myth? Sophie Jones thinks so. But when she whips up a batch of bittersweet Misfortune Cookies in her chocolate shop, the rave reviews catch her off-guard---and so does her ex-fiance, who asks her out. Does she dare trust him again? Will she discover that joy isn't always fleeting?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1599952963
ISBN-13: 9781599952963
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Story Good, Words Bad
    February 11, 2014
    AJH
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was looking forward to this book possibly being a book club book, but I pre-read it and I was very glad I did. The storyline was great and it was well written, which is why I was so sad that more than once they used a bad word, more than once. It was not necessary to the story, it did help to create a mood or feeling. It was poorly done. I had actually ordered extra books thinking this was an absolute book club book and I returned the others. If you're going to have a christian book, please DON'T use ANY form of curse words, there's no need, we get enough of that trash out in the world. So I cannot recommend this book :(
  2. Marksville,LA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprisingly...sweet
    January 29, 2012
    Cookie703
    Marksville,LA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    All my fave authors are women. Well, until I read this book, it was true. But, within the first two pages, this book captured my heart. Sophie is negative. Not "you probably will lose negative" but "I bring my umbrella with me everywhere because it just might rain". And you know misery just LOVES company. So Sophie has these "misfortune" cookies. Instead of telling you good things her cookies say stuff like "have patience. Rainy days will return" and "there are a lot of fishes in the sea. Too bad you are in a pond full of piranhas". Yeah. You get my point. So what happens to this female Scrooge when her old lover returns? Yes, the same lover who helped make Sophie believe that happiness doesn't exist. Of course she rejects even the thought of going on a date with him. But he won't be deterred. Since she's tired of his begging she comes up with a plan. If he places an add in the paper that reads "Happiness Wanted: Mail me your ideas" and gets 100 responses of things that really count she will agree to ONE date. Since he won't be deterred, he agrees. And with that the search for TRUE happiness begins. But will they find it? Maybe. And just maybe along the way they might find love...and secrets to something just as great.

    You'll find a sweet read.
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