Friday, June 25, 2010

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

A cute, cute idea, and one very sweet read.
Sophie Jones is a pessimist. You can tell by her wry sense of humor, the umbrella she carries every day, just knowing it will rain, and because of the misfortune cookies--dipped in bitter chocolate and stuffed with dim advice--she makes and sells in her confections shop.

Happiness rightly eludes you. ~~ When offered the dream of a lifetime, SAY NO! Remember, it's just a dream. ~~ Yesterday was the high point of your life. Sorry.
Sophie feels convicted in giving her customers these treats with a realistic bite. After all, there's no guarantee life will ever go your way, that you'll be happy in the end. She knows. She lost both parents to one tragedy, and her fiance dumped her with no explanation.
Why get her hopes up? Dream? Expect happiness? In her experience, it's all for naught.
Enter her ex, Garrett, who returns to beg forgiveness and a chance to explain everything. She hesitates, of course, because why risk heartbreak again? But when he shows determination, going so far as to elicit help from the general public, she concedes.
One more shot at happiness.
Can Garrett prove to Sophie it does exist?

Kevin Alan Milne, praised for his sweet, heartwarming tales, is the author of The Paper Bag Christmas and The Nine Lessons. Visit him by way of his website or blog.

*I was given a copy of the book, courtesy Goldberg McDuffie Communications, in exchange for this review.
**Incidentally, I've another book review up at The Blue Bookcase. See what I had to say about The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright, here.


Unknown said...

I've been intrigued by this book before, but this time it really hit me that this is one I should be reading!! Thank you so much for sharing this review!

patti said...

LOVE IT when God transforms pessimists into optimists.

Sounds like a winner.

Have a blessed weekend!

Jennifer said...

That does look cute and those fortunes are funny! I'll add it to my summer reading stack. Thanks!

April Plummer said...

Looks like I have another book to add to my wish list! Great review. That sounds like a great read!

Jessica Nelson said...

Hmm, is it a romance? 'Cause I love this premise! She sounds like an interesting character. :)

colbymarshall said...

Sounds cool!

Melissa Amateis said...

This looks really good! Intriguing idea.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

The fortune cookies dipped in chocolate got my attention. Who could resist those?

I like the story concept. Someone loses all hope and then experiences restoration - good stuff.

Susan :)

Cassandra Frear said...

This sounds like fun.

Anonymous said...

"OK, everything is better with chocolate, I'll admit that."

Eternal realist

Diane said...

Sounds adorable. Thanks for the review! :O)

Tess said...

check out your clever new blog header...did you take that pic? it's adorable.

I've not heard of this book before, thanks for the review!

Deb Shucka said...

What a wonderful storyline, and a sweet review. Another book for the list, for sure.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Sounds cute! A unique idea for a novel. Thanks for reviewing.


Katie Ganshert said...

Sounds like a good one! I'll hav to add it to my TBR pile (it's getting huge!)

I hope you had a fun family reunion this weekend, Jana, and that you're feeling better!

myletterstoemily said...

on my way to the mountains, and
soooo taking this book with me!!

Abby said...

Sounds like a great book! Redemption and chocolate, a great combo!