I was extremely disappointed in this book. Milne missed the whole point of Christian fiction: Christ. All views expressed about faith were of the main character's Foster Mother and were met with cynicism. Her search for happiness never mentioned Christ's grace or forgiveness. There was also the use of profanity in several places. I found the book predictable. Though the story was not bad, neither was it good. This book should not be called Christian fiction nor would I recommend it to others who read Christian fiction. Apparently, it was on the fine line between Christian and secular works.
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 their wedding just days before the date. Already suffering from guilt from her parents' deadly car accident on her ninth birthday, she had trouble allowing herself to love anyone, so Garrett's betrayal cut extra deep. Now, nearly a year after the break-up, Garrett is back and wants to explain his actions. Sophie sets up a nearly impossible bet with him to ensure they will never have the date he wants, but the bet gets a little out of hand and the whole country gets involved. Milne is best known for writing super sentimental stories like The Paper Bag Christmas, but I think that he's truly hit his stride with this romance. Sophie's pain is palpable, yet Milne keeps her likable. Her stepsister Evi nearly steals the novel away from Sophie, and I hope that Milne writes something for her as well. The story is thoroughly enjoyable, a great escape, but there's a powerful message of letting go of guilt and trusting love again.