Friday, March 15, 2019

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Publication: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Dial Press / Random House
Source: Publisher

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


I found that I struggled a bit to connect to Fixie. I liked her in the beginning. But as the story progressed, her personality started to gradually annoy me. She was a bit of a doormat. She constantly allowed people to walk all over her and by people, I mean mainly her brother and sister. They pretty much treat her like she is an idiot.
There were several occasions where Fixie had the opportunity to speak up and put someone in their place, however she just couldn’t go through with it. Even though Fixie may know how to argue with someone in her head, when it comes to reality she shrinks, she stammers, and she basically just lets the offending party get away with whatever they were doing.
It took me a couple of tries, but once I kept reading and got halfway through the story, things started to pick up and improve for Fixie and the people around her. Her character grew and she developed more of a backbone. Overall, I thought Fixie was an okay character. She’s smart, determined, and capable. I loved how sweet and caring she was to everyone she met. Of course I can’t forget to mention the romance! Fixie and Sebastian have really good chemistry. From the moment they met in the coffee shop, I was anxious to see their romance unfold. The ending did not disappoint.
Though I Owe You One wasn’t my favorite book by Sophie Kinsella, I did enjoy the author’s writing style and thought this was a cute romance. Her Shopaholic series still manages to be one of my favorites!

RATING: 3 out of 5.


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