Monday, April 1, 2019

I Owe You One

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?
  -  excerpt from book

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella is her latest stand alone, I was fortunate enough to get a proof read copy from Times Read (Thank you so much btw). I can proudly say I have never missed any of her standalone as I love those more than the Shopaholic series, Becky can be funny to read about but tiring as well as she's kinda annoying in her ways.

So back to the standalone, I won't say I was blown away with this title but I was quite satisfied with the story and characters. Not exactly my favourite but I could relate to Fixie. She is a character that makes you frustrated because you feel for her and you'll be rooting for her all the time. Her encounters in life is not unfortunate but nonetheless a little bit sad. There is a side that you will love about Fixie and that's what captured my attention as I want to know what happens to her. Her interactions with other characters are amusing, funny and you would want more. Her love for her family can be seen through her actions but it's also her downfall. When the lead male character was featured,  there wasn't enough sparks and I also felt that wasn't enough interactions for the both of them. From that, I concluded this book was more about family and Fixie growing than a love story.

The plot is nothing fantastic but it's enough to keep you reading. I would say it has a good flow, where plot twists will catch you a little off guard. I love that how the plot actually drives the changes in Fixie's growth and her changes influenced the outcome of the story line.  In general, this is your typical contemporary plot line where somethings happen, protagonist reacts and it's just a repeated cycle. What you can't predict is the incidents and her reaction. 

As a long time fan, I enjoyed this book but hoped there would be more funnier moments that the author is famous for. Not her worst title, but not her finest as I would always compare to my favourite book Twenties Girl where I laughed out loud in public. There was some parts in this book that I laughed out but was expecting a bit more. This book has a really good message behind it and since I can relate with Fixie, it opened up my thoughts on family. I would recommend to fans who read her books all the time to continue to support her. As for new readers, this would be a good book to kick start your interest in reading her earlier titles. What Sophie does best is sending a message through her plots and characters and I applaud her for doing a good job with this book.

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