1 Feb 2020


Book Review / I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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?

Published:     5th February 2019
Publisher:  Bantam Press
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


Its been a while since I have read a Sophie Kinsella novel and this is the only one that I haven't got to yet (apart from the Shopaholic series which I had started quite a while ago and didn't really get into).  I always hope to get a full of laughs, comedy with a bit of a romance story when picking up a Kinsella novel and this is definitely what you get with this one. 

We follow Fixie who has been brought up in a family where you always put family first and keep problems and the like behind the curtain of the family home.  After her dad's death, Fixie (and her mum) are the ones that organises and looks after the family business while the other members of the family while her brother and sister seem to be so far from reality and so fixated on themselves they don't seem to help a lot.   That all changes when she meets a handsome stranger in a coffee shop that makes her think twice about the life that she had and perhaps make some changes. 

The best part of this novel has to be interaction with Fixie and the new handsome stranger that she meets in a coffee shop.  In the middle of a bunch of family members who are, quite frankly, selfish and not very nice, Fixie meets and gets to know someone who actually cares and wants to help.   What took the enjoyment out of this story a little bit for me was Fixie's family members.  I know they are probably meant to be annoying and horrible at the beginning but they annoyed me so much it took a bit of the fun away from the story. 

This was still a fun read and would recommend to give a go if you like family conflict, drama, comedy and romance all build under one roof.