Sep 28, 2010

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

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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"Never judge a book by its cover."  [Author Unknown]

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne proves that some books definitely can be judged by their covers!!  The cheery orange lacy background is gorgeous, and the chocolate covered fortune cookie makes me drool!  The fortune is strangely hilarious ... it says, "Some people are lucky in love.  You aren't one of them."

This is not your typical type of fortune, and not the typical type of story either.  Just like the cover, the story is a sheer pleasure, and it captured my interest from the very first page.

Sophie Jones has had a very tough life, starting with a tragic traffic accident that claimed the lives of both of her parents ... on her ninth birthday!  Now grown up, Sophie owns a small chocolate shop, but she is bitter about life in general.  She creates a bitter chocolate covered misfortune cookie that becomes an instant hit, and she handwrites unique "fortunes of gloom" for her customers.

Sophie will need to learn some important lessons about letting go of past hurts and guilt, and maybe ... just maybe ... she might find something to be happy about too!

I don't want to add any more spoilers, but I do want to say  ...  just read it, you won't be sorry!

Disclosure: I won a copy of this book from Hachette Books in a blog giveaway hosted at Reviews From the Heart. I was not required to post a review.

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