Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Salon - Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

Is there anything I can offer you on Sunday that's better than chocolate, fortune cookies, and a romance? But, wait! Those fortunes are just a little off in Kevin Alan Milne's Sweet Misfortune.

For twenty years, Sophie Jones has blamed herself for the car accident that caused her parents' death. Despite her two best friends, her foster mother and her foster sister, she's never opened up and allowed herself to trust anyone, even herself, after the tragedy that happened on her ninth birthday. Then, just when she thinks she's found a man to love, he dumps her just before their wedding. Only Sophie, who has lived with tragedy most of her life, can turn that heartbreak into fortune.

Sophie Jones is the owner of the chocolate shop, Chocolat' de Soph, Confections of the Heart. And, once Garrett Black dumped her, she created Misfortune Cookies, "Handwritten prognostications of gloom, doom, or pending hardships." And, they were a success. "When offered the dream of a lifetime, SAY NO! Remember, it's just a dream." "You will soon fall in love. Caution: when people fall, something usually breaks." It's not difficult for Sophie, who sees herself as a realist, to write those pithy comments.

But, what happens if Garrett can change Sophie's attitude? When he comes back, wanting to explain why he left, she refuses to listen. Unlike Sophie, Garrett believes in happiness, so she promises she'll let him explain, once he publishes an ad in the newspaper asking for people to define lasting happiness. And, she'll meet with him after she has one hundred acceptable letters of happiness. But those one hundred letters need to be acceptable to Sophie Jones, who has only had a bittersweet life for the last twenty years.

Granted, Sweet Misfortune revolves around a series of coincidences. But, what romantic story doesn't? Milne has given us a mixed assortment of characters, with a few nuts included. Add in some laughter, a few tears, and sprinkle with charm and chance. My prognostication? An afternoon of enjoyment with Kevin Alan Milne's Sweet Misfortune.

Kevin Alan Milne's website is

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne. Center Street, ©2010. ISBN 9781599952970 (hardcover), 281p.

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book from the publisher so I could read and review it.


Book Bird Dog said...

A male writer of woman's romance, woman's fiction. This I have to read, just to see if there is a different point of view! I also liked the chocolate on the fortune cookie, definitely an improvement over the plain original.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm with Bird Dog--I'm interested in reading a male perspective here (although I'm guessing it probably won't be evident since the protag isn't male!) I really like the premise of the novel with the main character needing proof that life can be happy.

Lesa said...

Bird Dog,

I thought I'd sound sexist if I commented on the male author of the novel, but I certainly thought about it. No, you can't tell, so it's very interesting to read this novel. Love to know what you think afterward.

Lesa said...


It isn't evident, and that's what surprised me. It's not done from a male point of view though, however cynical Sophie may be about love. It's Garrett who is the hopeful one in the book.

Kaye Barley said...

okay - - another book to add to my list. This sounds like it will fit right in with the types of books I'm reading and enjoying right now. Thanks, Lesa!!

bermudaonion said...

This does sound like a sweet story. I'm glad to see you liked it since it's in my TBR pile.

Lesa said...

I just needed a break from all the mysteries right now, Kaye, as much as I love them. Sometimes you just need that chocolate fix.

Lesa said...

I did like it, Kathy. I hope it moves up in that TBR pile for you, but this book needs to be read when you're in the mood for it.

Beth Hoffman said...

Terrific review, Lesa! I like the sound of this book -- give me some nutty characters and I am soooo there. LOL! I've added this title to my list.

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds like a good story and anything with chocolate has got to be good, right?
Cozy In Texas

Lesa said...

I thought I might be able to hook you with this one, Beth. I really enjoyed it.

Lesa said...

You're right, Ann. Anything with chocolate has got to be good! LOL