Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Title: I Owe You One
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dial Press
Format: eBook
Publication Date: May 22, 2019
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Library

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, 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 everythingFixie 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?


This book was classic Sophie Kinsella. It had the humor and the heart break that makes her books so readable. Fixie was just adorable, and while she was a doormat for most of the book it was so hard to argue with the ‘why’ she was a doormat. She was a genuinely nice person who wants to make everyone happy, and unfortunately her family played into that desire. They made it so she felt like it was her responsibility, and it was just so unfair. I wanted to slap her brother and sister many many times reading this book. She let herself be taken advantage of and that was tough to watch or read in this case. One of my favorite things about Sophie Kinsella novels is that despite the fact that they are witty and humorous, they also have character growth and deeper meanings. It makes them more well rounded and enjoyable to read.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Fixie and Sebastian, and how it grew slowly into the romance bit. I like that both of them had issues that they needed to overcome, it was nice that Sebastian wasn’t perfect and it made him seem so much more real. Sebastian and Fixie complement each other well, and I really enjoyed this one. The only drawback was that at times the story seemed to keep rehashing the same points, but overall it was really good. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Family bloody first. I’m not saying Dad was wrong, I’ll never say that, but maybe I’m starting to see “family”differently. It’s not just the people you share genes with; it’s the people you share loyalty and friendship and respect with. It’s the people you love.”
― Sophie Kinsella, I Owe You One