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Women’s Fiction | I Owe You One | Sophie Kinsella

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I’m a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s writing and always enjoy escaping into her stories.  I Owe You One is Sophie Kinsella on top form and is my all time favourite!

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?

I Owe You One is the irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella.  It’s a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .

I Owe You by Sophie Kinsella is published by Transworld (February 2019) and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats with the paperback publishing 27th June 2019.


Oh I so needed this story.  It was just the tonic that came at the right time!

I found myself snorting in amusement at the beginning, already loving Fixie and her overwhelming desire to fix things.  I settled down to spending time with the Farr family, getting to know them and where they fit in the family hierarchy.  Their differences become very clear when the siblings are left to manage their family shop – a huge barrier when that translates to ideas, hopes and dreams for Farrs.  All three siblings have a lot to learn about themselves and each other.

It didn’t take me long to figure out charismatic Ryan (or for that matter Uncle Ned).  Both of them raised my blood pressure – and not in a good way!  Fixie’s teen crush blinds her to many things …

We all love a wounded hero in our stories, add into the mix of emotions Fixie’s desire to fix things and you’re heading for fireworks.   Even though Seb and Fixie made me glow (loved their IOU’s), there’s tears too.  One particular scene I didn’t realise I was crying until I looked away to take some deep breaths. Such poignancy.  And the second coffee shop scene?  Inspired!

I’ve experienced an array of emotions.  Laughter, frustration, anger, sadness, joy and love.  I Owe You One is an engaging story of love and family.  But there’s also darker undertows.  Not letting yourself grieve leaves you broken.  Not accepting reality breaks you and those around you.  The path to acceptance isn’t easy but letting those closest to you support you makes all the difference.  Can the Farr family sort out their differences and make it through?  Can Fixie stop fixing things for others and start looking out for herself?

I Owe You One was a page turner for me and I felt bereft once I had finished reading.

Highly recommended.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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