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Sweet Misfortune

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,816 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
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 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 W ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Center Street
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Dale Harcombe
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.
After the last book I read, I really needed a complete change of pace. I got it in this book that pulled me in from the beginning. At nine years old, Sophie Jones learns that happiness and all she holds dear can dissolve in an instant. Disaster happened on her birthday. As a result even twenty years later she hates birthdays.
Given her history, Sophie combines two of the things that played a part in the tragic events that shaped her life. One was chocolate and she opens a ch
anik soemarni
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Some people are lucky in love
you aren’t one of them

Ketika memutuskan membaca Sweet Misfortune, saya berharap akan menemukan taburan pelajaran hidup seperti saat menikmakti buku Alan Milne sebelumnya yang berjudul The Nine Lessons. Membuka halaman pertama saya tersenyum mendapati kutipan di atas, “Some people are lucky in love, you aren’t one of them” dan spontan saya menjawab dalam hati, “Yes, you right,” dan membuat semakin bersemangat menapaki lembar demi lembar.
Mengikuti tokoh Sophie Jones, s
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Misfortune (Kevin Alan Milne)

Sophie Jones had a tragic past, one that bleeds into the present and is obstructing her future. She feels she is not meant to be happy, that true Happiness does not exist. Her bit of happiness comes from the candy shop she owns and operates, stemming from her childhood love of chocolate.

One day she meets Garrett Black, a handsome young doctor. Her life seems to be changing as she allows herself to fall in love, against her better judgment. Then it happens, he b
Christy Lockstein
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nina Draganova
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Чудейки се дали да запазя тази книга в библиотеката си или да я даря на обществена такава, си я препрочетох и установих колко приятна е всъщност. Напомни ми колко важно е да вярваш, да си оптимист, да мислиш позитивно. Трудно бихме могли да променим , това което е предопределено, но можем докато сме на планетата земя , да се опитаме да отдаваме добра енергия .
Yuu Sasih
2,5 stars

Umm, baca novel ini karena pernah liat promosinya di salah satu poster penerbit Qanita, dan begitu baca blurb-nya di Goodreads, saya langsung semangan hunting buku ini.

But well.....

Masalahnya adalah, cerita ini punya potensi yang bagus, saya rasa Mr. Milne adalah seorang penggagas yang hebat, sayangnya, menurut saya, dia bukan penulis yang bagus. Kisah ini bercerita mengenai seorang gadis bernama Sophie yang sudah tidak percaya lagi pada kebahagiaan yang bertahan lama, dan setiap mendap
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Sophie Jones is a young woman who has had a hard life. She lost her parents in a car accident on her 9th birthday and then was jilted a week before her wedding the year before the book begins. She is certain that happiness in her life is not meant to be. On her 29th birthday, her foster sister Evalynn arranges a surprise for Sophie - her ex-fiance shows up in Sophie's chocolate shop, asking for a chance to explain why he left. Sophie doesn't want to give Garrett the chance to break her heart aga ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book was prominently displayed in the new fiction section of Barnes and Noble a few months ago, so I added the book to my "to read" list. When a copy finally became available at my local library, I put in a request for it, as the premise of the book greatly intrigued me.

This is my first book by author Kevin Alan Milne, and it's definitely one of the better books I've read this year. The book was incredibly well-written, paced well, and not at all trite. In fact, while it was clear that it f
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-vine, 2010
**I received this book through the Amazon Vine program**

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 mom
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at Costco, thinking it sounded interesting. What got my attention was the fortune on the book’s cover, “Many people are lucky in love. You aren’t one of them.” Sophie Jones is a pessimist, and has good reason to feel that way. Her ex-fiance, Garrett, who left her in tears a year earlier, reappears in her life. He wants Sophie to hear him out on why he left, but she isn’t going to make it easy on him. She makes him take out a want-ad in the local paper searching for happines ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Gosh, I'm so tired of clicking 3 stars. I'm also tired of liking a novel up to the 40% mark, feeling let down yet hopeful up to 60% and just wanting to be finished with it by 80%. Is it me and the books I'm choosing or is it just the books? I don't know. So many books these days have great premise and less than great execution. This is one of them.
Claudia Sesto
"La felicità è un dono che riluce di te. Il desiderio del tuo cuore presto si avvererà."
Sophia Maria Jones ha ventinove anni, possiede una cioccolateria e crede che la sfortuna sia l’unica costante della sua vita. Ha accanto delle persone che le vogliono un gran bene, eppure non riesce a guardare avanti il suo futuro senza scorgere ombre e nubi all’orizzonte.
La specialità del suo negozio sono “i biscotti della sfortuna” e ci raccontano con il solo assaggiarli la storia di questa giovane donna se
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The protagonist of this is unlikeable, but also without personality, other than anger. She shouts or screams at almost everyone. Her behavior is childish and yet, lacking other characteristics. She has no personality beyond rage. This might be understandable had she had a truly terrible childhood, but aside from one huge tragedy, she was raised by a woman who loved her as her own child. She was treated with kindness, got a college education, succeeded in starting a successful business and owns h ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cercasi felicità
Aiutatemi a trovare quello che ho perso.
Suggerimenti alla Casella Postale 3297:
Tacoma, WA 98402
(Solo felicità duratura, sostenitori fugacità astenersi)

Questa è una storia sulla felicità.
E sul dolore.
Una storia sulle seconde occasioni. E sui sensi di colpa che ci perseguitano per tutta la vita.
Una storia amara. Una storia romantica.
Ok, ricominciamo daccapo.
Protagonisti indiscussi di questo romanzo sono Amore e Felicità, ma fanno di tutto per camuffarsi, per presentarsi sotto
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Il gusto segreto del cioccolato amaro" di Kevin Alan Milne è un romanzo adorabile sull’amore, sul senso di colpa e su quello strano concetto che è la serendipità (Julius Comroe Jr. definiva così questo concetto: “Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer's daughter.”, ovvero “La serendipità è cercare un ago in un pagliaio e trovarci la figlia del contadino.”).
Sophia Maria Jones ha ventinove anni, possiede una cioccolateria e crede che la sfortuna sia l’unica cos
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Che dire di questo libro, mi è piaciuto molto!!!mi ha catturata della prima pagina fino all'ultima, non sono davvero riuscita a staccarmene.
Nel momento in cui ho letto la trama, mi è sembrato carino, ma non mi aspettavo tutte le emozioni che mi ha fatto provare!!!
Protagonista di questo libro è Sophie, una ragazza di ventinove anni, che ha da sempre una passione per il cioccolato, e gestisce un piccolo negozio di cioccolatini. Nella vita è stata molto sfortunata, prima rimanendo orfana all'età di
Julie Drucker
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a love story with a twist of excitement!
Recommended to Julie by: Won in Goodreads Giveaways
Thank you Goodreads for your giveaways, what a wonderful way to get a book to add to my collection. Thank you Kevin Milne for allowing me to, not only,receive a hardback copy of your book for free ,but also,one that you autographed. When I first began to read this book I thought what a nice easy read; a simple book about love, loss and overcoming that loss with a happily ever after at the end. Sweet and simple. Was I in for a surprise! It was so much more than that! The title is so appropriate; ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
WRITING STYLE - 0.5 stars
PLOT - 2 stars

Let me start off by saying I'm a sexist pig and was immediately put off by the fact that the writer was male. Don't ask me why that was just my reaction.

I've said it before I'll say it again 9 times out of 10 I think that telling a story from multiple character's points of view show's a lack of writing skills and takes away from the story. Milne took that too a whole new level. Not only did h
J. Cafesin
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers of romances
Shelves: romance
Chose this light quick read following the reading of Eugene Onegin by Pushkin. The story is about Sophia Maria Jones who loses her parents in an automobile accident on her ninth birthday. Like many a child, Sophia wanted something special on her birthday. She wanted to stop at her mother's favorite chocolate shop. When her father said no she kept asking. Distracted, the accident occurs and her parents and grandmother are killed. For the rest of her life Sophia carried the burden of guilt believi ...more
When I write a review, I don't bother summarizing the book, unless it diverges highly from the publisher's description. Sweet Misfortune follows true to its summary, although I admit that I expected more from the novel than it gave me. It is a light, well-intentioned piece of writing, meant to inspire optimism in the hearts of romantic cynics and offer a dash of God's providence along the way. I found that latter theme, "God's providence", to be boringly overused to explaining the solution of th ...more
Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne provides a fun and light read that keeps the reader hooked. I greatly enjoyed this book, so much so that I didn’t set it down until I finished. Kevin Alan Milne will prove to suspicious readers that men can write fun, sassy romances. While Sophie’s life overflows with heartbreak, the story never bogs down with sadness. On the contrary, it remains light and optimistic even though the main character is a “the-glass-is-half-empty” kind of girl. Following the mai ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gli-intoccabili
[ Breve pensiero/riflessione/ sproloquio? ] Le parole possono avere un sapore, una consistenza, un odore particolare?
Dopo essere arrivata fino in fondo a questa storia, dopo aver conosciuto Sophia ed essermi presa una cotta per Garret, ed aver fatto bagni di melassa, aver amaramente pianto e ironicamente sorriso, posso dire di si.
Tutte le parole di questo libro , per me, hanno l'odore, il sapore, la consistenza, del cioccolato. Ogni tipo di cioccolato, da quello bianco a quello al latte con le
Michelle Nichols
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book started so stinking sad.... I was bawling my face off and wondered if it was ever going to be happy ever again..... But it was! Kind of? Heart broken girl, doesn't want to talk to the guy she was engaged to, blah blah blah, but whole time I was busy wondering what sort of crazy secret this guy had that made him run away. And believe me I had felt her pain over jerk guys using and abusing you but once it started the back story I was very very curious. It is totally worth your time!!!!! ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I never connected with Sophie in any meaningful way... for about half the book I wanted to shake her and for the rest I was rolling my eyes at various strange lines of dialogue and random coincidences. Great concept, but the execution did nothing for me, both in terms of the characters themselves and in the somewhat stilted writing. I think a book like this would have worked better written in first person, so I could really bond with and understand So ...more
Questo mi è stato regalato dalla mia migliore amica per il mio compleanno, ed è un libro decisamente gradevole, lo vedrei bene sottoforma di commedia romantica al cinema Una storia d'amore ma anche un piccolo mistero da ricomporre, un passato da ricostruire per poter chiudere finalmente con tutti i propri dubbi. Sciogliere i nodi per poter fare quel passo che ci permette di crescere e andare avanti. Alcune trovate decisamente graziose. Leggero e piacevole, anche se in alcuni punti scritto terra- ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
We selected this book for library book club. It was just an okay read for me. I finished it, though from quite early on, it is obvious where the story is going. The writing felt repetitive at times and the relationships between characters seemed immature when it shouldn't have been. Because of this, it was hard to really like the characters. I don't know that I would read another book by this author.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I was very surprised by this book. It's been sitting on my to read shelf at home for two weeks and I finally picked it up and couldn't put it down. Very cute!

Moral Note: Does say "heck" a couple times and a couple of "Oh Gosh's".
Diane Davis
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good book... even though the main charachter frustrated me.. Too much like me I guess. She kept jumping to conclusions and was very stubborn.. But this was a great love story, mystery etc.. Really liked it alot....
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INSIDE A BOOK: Il gusto segreto del cioccolato amaro di Kevin Alan Milne 1 2 Nov 09, 2012 07:36AM  
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Kevin Milne was born in 1973 and grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, a quiet country town south of Portland. He earned a diploma from Sherwood High school in 1991, in a graduating class of fewer than one hundred students.

In college, after studying such varied fields as film, journalism, communications, pre-dentistry, pre-law, and German, Milne eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology