I Owe You One

I Owe You One

Large Print - 2019
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"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 everything. 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: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432861377
1432861379
Branch Call Number: LPF KINSELLA, SOPHIE
Characteristics: 575 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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jakeisfrick
Jan 17, 2020

435 pages. I was fully prepared to give this two stars but it took every bit of energy to get through the last 30 pages. Down to one star. Besides Seb, every character in this book is so hard to be around. Mostly awful. I just found my mood was going downhill while reading this (and yet I kept going thinking it's going to get better!! But that didn't happen until the last 10 pages).

It's always hit or miss for me and Kinsella's books...even though everyone loved the Shopaholic books, I also couldn't handle Becky. But Kinsella has other books I just adored....but I'm sad to say this was too hard. There were just no likeable characters.

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qsmith0812
Dec 06, 2019

At one point, Sophie Kinsella was my go-to author for women's fiction but for some reason it's been years since I've read one of her books. I'm glad to see that the spark is still there and I will definitely be putting in some time to catch up now that I know. I truly enjoyed I Owe You One, though I must admit, at times I was supremely annoyed with the heroine, her brother, her sister, her uncle, and her crush - simultaneously. But as the story progressed, and Fixie became less passive and starting speaking up for herself, my enjoyment of the book increased exponentially. I also really liked Seb and the way that they both helped each other to grow as individuals. I do wish more time was spent with them as a couple; they went from acquaintances to lovers rather quickly. I also felt some type of way about Seb's actions when they had their falling out. Other than that, I honestly couldn't put the book down and I'm now adding Sophie Kinsella back to my "must read" author list.

STPL_Kerry Nov 09, 2019

This was a sweet, fun, easy read. I spent a lot of the book frustrated with the main character, however the ending of the book redeemed itself for me.

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daphnebarfield
Oct 24, 2019

One of my favorite authors - this is one of my favorites of her books.

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gabrielle15
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.

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clandestinemariah
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.

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RosaReads2
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.

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DM_kcls
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

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