I Owe You One

I Owe You One

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"A smart lesson wrapped in a gem of a novel."--Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

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.

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?

Advance praise for I Owe You One

"This book is a shot of pure joy!" --Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner

"A delightful, irresistible romp." -- Booklist

"[A] fun story about family, loyalty, and taking charge of your own life . . . Kinsella creates a charming story full of quirky characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue. . . . [Her] many fans will devour this warm and hilarious read." -- Kirkus Reviews

" I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike." -- PopSugar , "24 of the Best New Books Coming Out This Winter"
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781524799021
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 22, 2019

This is one of Sophie Kinsella's best stand-alone novels. Fixie Farr is one of her best heroines and one of her most realistic ones. There are many women like Fixie, who are anxious to please other people and who don't want to rock the boat. Fixie is smart and has great instincts, but she lacks the confidence to assert herself. It was a delight to watch Fixie develop and grow in this novel. Fixie's naive crush on the totally reprehensible and vile Ryan was also completely believable and realistic. This story was light, charming and breezy like all of Kinsella's books, but it was not quite as funny as some of her other books. This one had a bit more substance to it. I really liked the storyline about the family business. I also really liked how this story was about regular people and had far less obsession with brand names and material things. Fixie's brother is the person in this book who is obsessed with brand names and image and he is shown to be shallow and superficial. I found this story had a bit of a slower pace than some of her others, but it all built towards a very satisfying and delightful conclusion.

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DebraRieger
Mar 15, 2019

Sophie Kinsella's first person heroines are bursting with personality, good intentions, and human foibles. As always I was swept up by Fixie Farr's hopes, dreams, catastrophes, and triumphs. I cringed, cheered, worried, and laughed. I didn't want to put the book down!
When Fixie Farr rescues a handsome stranger's laptop, she refuses any reward. Undaunted, he gives her an IOU written on a coffee sleeve. After Fixie's occasional boyfriend convinces her to redeem it, she thinks the matter resolved and her encounter a mere blip. However, one IOU leads to another and an ever increasing involvement in each other's lives. Fixie's occasionally tangled logic, flawed assumptions, but ultimately honest and heartwarming intentions make her a realistic and endearing character. I'd love to meet her for coffee! FYI-This book contains sexual situations.

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writermala
Mar 06, 2019

Literature this book is not. However, it is a comfortable romance where one knows who the good guys are and who the bad ones. Even though one knows exactly what is going to happen it is comforting to see the likes of Ryan get their just desserts. Fixie is the heroine of this tale and she is somewhat of a doormat. However, as she 'fixes' a laptop in a coffee shop she incurs a favor. One thing leads to another and Fixie and Sebastian end up owing one another favors. In a lighthearted way Kinsella narrates a story of Fixie and Seb with the backdrop of the Farrs store and its problems. Makes for interesting reading.

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reader1499
Mar 06, 2019

I could not stand the heroine nor her siblings nor her love interests. Too flat, too formulaic, too irritating.

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Gerry_21
Mar 01, 2019

Another nice read from Sophie Kinsella :-)

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xyzxyzxyzII
Feb 28, 2019

This book is a pleasant way to pass some time, and it really makes me want to go shopping for homegoods. Not as streamlined as Kinsella's previous books, but the characters are engaging.

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midori_hon
Feb 19, 2019

this book was like the girl scout cookies of literature (and i like girl scout cookies.) formulaic - meet cute, attractive but mean current partner, wacky cast of ancillary characters, misunderstanding that almost destroys the budding relationship, etc.
you know exactly what you'll get, and sometimes that's all you need.

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McAnnieG
Feb 05, 2019

A fresh new rom-com from British author Sophie Kinsella that left a smile on my face.

The Farr Family Household Store has survived the early death of its founder but will it survive the health scare fueled absence of Joanne, mother of Jake, Nicole and 27 Y.O. Fixie when they take over for a few months?

Sibling dynamics play out well in this story and at times I wanted to throttle Fixie's "Family First" ideology. Wonderful characters with a potential of a Happy Ever After (HEA) ending.

I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley.

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AConsolver
Jan 10, 2019

2.5 - Stars - I might recommend if you like contemporary fiction where many things go wrong, and there is a lot of family drama + a little romance.

Fixie Farr got her nickname because she always needs to fix things. When her mom goes on holiday and leaves her in charge of the family shop AND keeping the family together she doesn't know what to do. Her brother wants to turn their family kitchen shop into an upscale lifestyle store, and her crunchy sister wants to turn it into a yoga studio and spa. The problem is, she can't stand up to them and jeopardize the family. Along the way she meets Seb and saves his computer from damage and gains and IOU from him.

I was looking for a cute and fluffy read, so I picked up this Kinsella novel. I've never read Kinsella, but I was hoping to find a new favorite author. Right off the bat I was so frustrated with so many of these characters. Fixie lets everyone walk all over her, her brother is an asshole, her sister is self-centered, and her love interest is a total douche nozzle. The cuteness of the IOU doesn't even come very much into play until about 50% into the book. Then it doesn't take long for everything to go crumbling. I don't know, I guess I'm just not the kind of person who enjoys books where everything goes wrong all of the time. There were some very funny and very cute parts to this book, in general I liked their family business, but so much of it was focused on the changing of it. I kept waiting for Seb and Fixie to get together. Once they did I felt like their relationship was confusing, and so were their motivations.

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