I Owe You One

I Owe You One

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Book - 2019
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"Fixie Farr has always lived by her father's motto: "Family first." But ever since her dad passed away, leaving his charming kitchen supply store in the hands of his 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 tell people "no." 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 named Sebastian. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, he 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 for Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOU's between Seb and Fixie--from small favors to life-changing moments--ensue. 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 for herself? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?"--
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524799014
Branch Call Number: FIC KINSELL 2019
Characteristics: 435 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was an easy, fun, and romantic read! I grew attached to Seb and I thought Fixie was too annoying and sort of unrealistic.

Aug 28, 2019

A page turner. Finished in 3 nights. It did take a while for the MC to stand up for herself when every person in her life was behaving foolishly - thereby bringing potential ruin into her personal/professional life. I felt like the ending wrapped up a little too quickly. Everything was tied up with a bow, but there were some plot holes. I. E. How did a certain character's behavior seem to make a 180 overnight? How were things resolved with "Whiny?" Etc. Overall - good, but not great.

I usually love a good Sophie Kinsella, but this one had me snoring. I think her writing in general is coming far too predictable! I actually didn't even finished it!

VaughanPLKim May 18, 2019

If you've read any of Sophie Kinsella's previous books, then you know what to expect with this one. I did like Fixie more than some of Kinsella's other heroines. She is more down to earth and has relatable problems, such as lack of confidence in her ideas, feeling intimidated by her older siblings, a crush on someone who isn't worthy of affections, and a strong sense of family loyalty that sometimes clouds her judgment. An enjoyable read perfect to take to the beach or on vacation.

May 04, 2019

I may not have given this story 5 stars, but when I read a book by this author, I cannot deny that she is a fabulous writer. Her stories are amazingly developed in character and story. I Owe You One was no different and while I might not have enjoyed some of what Fixie had to go through as she gained her backbone, I still found the overall story compelling and entertaining. I knew she would get her comeuppance, but it was psychologically grueling for me to watch her being walked on and not taking a personal stand. It's all in the name of a good story arc, but my personality type wanted to shake her, her family, and a few others. I really enjoyed the sweetly written, slow burn romance with its creative start and how it developed over time. That and the wonderful conclusion made all the character frustration worth it.

As for the audio, which listened to interchangeably along with reading the ebook, it was very well done. I'm not sure if I've listened to this particular narrator before, but she did a wonderful job.

Apr 13, 2019

This darn book. I waited and waited for 'I Owe You One' from KCLS then found myself slogging through the first 200 pages or so, asking myself why I was wasting my time. . .

THEN I stayed up until 2:30am to finish it.

What I found interesting about 'I Owe You One' is the writing of the supporting and minor characters. The brother, his girlfriend, the sister, the uncle, the old heart-throb: it is so easy to picture them in your brain, they are so aptly written.

On the other hand, I also actually like not being able to visualize Fixie, the main character, because if she doesn't know who she is, how can we?

My only complaint about 'I Owe You One' is how quickly Fixie jumps into sex with her 'leading men'. That is not romance, it's just . . . sad? Desperate? Need for validation? Yes.

3.5 Stars, Mid C

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.

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.

Mar 06, 2019

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

Mar 01, 2019

Another nice read from Sophie Kinsella :-)

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