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Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favourite authors for a long time (and it’s not because she’s British)! If you’ve never read any of her books, now would be a great time to jump on the bandwagon. Before I dive into my review, I would like to take a minute and express my gratitude to Random House and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book for free! As always, all opinions are my own.
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 have a love/hate relationship with the characters — although I have to admit that most of that hate comes from the fact that I am, in many ways, just like Fixie (minus the incredible naive side of her personality). Many times throughout the book, I found myself wanting to step into the storyline and either shake some sense into her or simply to give her a hug.
The whole process of exchanging their IOUs is cute and frustrating at the same time. On one hand, it brings certain comfort and security. Fixie knows that if something goes wrong, Seb will fix it because he owes her. On the other hand, his feelings are a mystery to her — are his actions driven by love or obligation?
I really appreciate Sophie’s take on family matters as well. Fixie’s mom and siblings are very important to her, yet, they are the main source of all her troubles. Yes, blood is thicker than water … but it can also be very slippery!
Though not my most favourite of Sophie’s books, I really enjoyed reading I Owe You One. It’s a perfect read for those cold, rainy days ahead of us.
I’d love to hear from you! Have you read I Owe You One? Or any other books written by Sophie Kinsella?