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Friday, February 22, 2019

REVIEW: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella @penguinrandom @KinsellaSophie

I Owe You One 
by Sophie Kinsella 

Thank you The Dial Press / Random House for this copy.

Publisher: The Dial Press
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
448 Pages
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance

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?

My Review:

I always love picking up a Kinsella book as my palate cleanser in between my more thrillery reads.  Her books are always light and fluffy and the perfect in betweeners.  I didn't quite like this one as much as her others, but I did find it adorable.

Fixie is one of those girls who always wants to fix things - can never say no and rarely, if ever, stands up for herself.  At first this was SO ANNOYING.  Like, c'mon girl - take that inner monologue and LET IT OUT.  But I will say that a certain orchid incident did make me laugh out loud.  As an awkward and clumsy girl who also has a hard time saying no sometimes,  this is where I started to feel for her, became less annoyed and more entertained.

In speaking with a friend about this book, at 70 pages in, I knew exactly what was coming. Called it from the get go.  Now it was just a matter in how it was going to play out.  This may have been a bit too cushy for me over all and lacked that certain spark I felt with Kinsella's previous writings.  However, still adorable with family dynamics, first loves, new experiences and finding a backbone.


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