Friday, 8 February 2019

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

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. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants? 

It has been a while since I have read a Sophie Kinsella book, I absolutely adored the Shopaholic series and Can You Keep a Secret has to be my favourite by this author. I did read Wedding Night when it was released but it didn’t quite have the charm and wit that I loved about the authors previous books so I was keen to read her new release I Owe You One to see if it would entertain me like her earlier novels.

The main character in I Owe You is Fixie who true to her name can not leave anything undone and she goes out of her way to fix and help everything and everyone around her. It was whilst carrying out one of her good deeds, looking after a random man’s laptop in a coffee shop that she finds her self in a terrible mess but she fulfils her duty much to the utter relief and gratitude to the gentleman Seb he insists on paying her back.

This had the light hearted feel and fast pace that I love about Sophie Kinsella’s novels. Fixie was a character who has been belittled for so long and feels intimidated by her family, she has such great ideas but she needs to find a boost of confidence to get her voice heard. She has allowed those around her to use her for their own gain and treat her unfairly and it was time for her to stand up for herself and be treated with respect and care. Fixie’s siblings were vile characters as was the romantic interest Ryan

I enjoyed the back and forth payback that rolled between Seb and Fixie. Although there is romance flowing through the storyline I found I was more interested in watching Fixie grow in confidence! I did enjoy this book as a light easy read although I still feel like it lacked the wit and craziness that I loved with the authors earlier novels. I would still recommend this book but would just say it is more of a cosy romance than a modern, witty storyline that I would usually expect.

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