Title: I Owe You One
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Page Count: 448
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella comes 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.
“This book is a shot of pure joy!”—Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And 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 Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than 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 am a newer fan to Sophie Kinsella’s work but having loved all of the books I’ve had the chance to read so far I was really looking forward to I Owe You One. Unfortunately though this contemporary romance just really didn’t live up to what I’ve come to know and expect from this author.
At the center of this story is Fixie Farr, and I was willing to try not to roll my eyes every time I read her name and give this book a fair shot. Fixie has gotten her nickname due to the fact that she likes to fix everyone and everything around her but usually has her own issues she hasn’t fixed, such as a long time crush on a not so nice guy.
So with Fixie trying to fix those all around her and ignoring her own dilemmas she ends up meeting Sebastian. Fixie happens to be in the right place at the right time to come to Sebastian’s rescue saving his laptop from some runaway coffee which leads to him giving an IOU and the couple beginning a relationship.
Now in typical Kinsella fashion our main character starts off a hot mess and does eventually make some improvements but it just wasn’t grabbing me the way it normally would. Most of the side characters aren’t that likable either which didn’t help matters but the romance was really incredibly lacking. We have a guy with a girlfriend suddenly in a relationship with the main character that is so so serious then they split and he goes back to the other woman. At this point Fixie gains the insight to not mess with someone in a relationship only to do just that yet again… sigh. In the end this one just didn’t end up a favorite of mine but I will still continue to look forward to reading more of Kinsella’s work in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, and Surprise Me. She lives between London and the country.