Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

I have enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s novel in the pas so when I saw her latest, I Owe You One, on the library shelves I grabbed it to take home with me to read.

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction


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 thoughts:

I Owe You One was a perfect mix of romance, humour, and seriousness. The story asks the age-old question: If you could be in a relationship with your childhood crush, would you? This is a question Fixie has to ask herself as she discovers the true nature of Ryan, the boy/man of her fantasies. To help her make her choice, Fixie meets a man who may lead her towards the realisation of her dreams.

Kinsella’s latest novel depicts a heroine who is not perfect – after all, she wants to constantly ‘fix’ people and situations when they are not perfect. And yet she has a charm to her which I enjoyed. As the story progresses, Fixie learns some truths about herself as well as her relationships with her siblings. She grows as a person during the novel and with her self-realisation is able to make a choice in her romantic relationship.

I love Sophie Kinsella’s stories and this novel is another one of hers that I have enjoyed. If you have read any other novels written by this author, you can be assured that you will experience pleasure reading this one. And if you enjoy reading romantic comedies, then I Owe You One will not disappoint.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 46th in my book pledge for 2019)

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