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[ Read it ] I Owe You One

I love Sophie Kinsella, and devour everything she writes. This winter, she’s released a charming novel to warm you right up until spring.

In I Owe You One, Fixie is trying to live up to her namesake by desperately fixing everything in her life, and the lives of her family and friends. Unfortunately, she’s doing anything but.

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?

Fixie is surrounded by some fairly toxic family and friends. Although the book never outright mentions it, I think the main character may have a bit of a mental illness. Sometimes she can’t stop herself from doing things that she knows will have a disastrous outcome. This is an interesting addition for Kinsella.

The beauty of this book lies in the second half, when she finally faces her responsibilities and decides who she wants to be. I found the first half of the book a little bit of a struggle to get through as everything was lining up, but it all comes wonderfully together in the end, and I couldn’t put it down.

Did you read this book? What did you think?

I Owe You One, by Sophie Kinsella
Released on February 5, 2019
Hardcover, Random House

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