I Owe You One: A Novel. Sophie Kinsella. Random House Publishing Group. February 2019. 448 pp. ISBN #: 9781524799014.
In Fixie Farr’s world, everything must be just so. She and her family run a housewares shop that sells low-priced, practical goods. The reality is that her mother makes all the decisions about the store, since Fixie’s father had recently passed away. A brother, Jake, and a sister, Nicole occasionally help but that’s not really too much as Nicole is “into herself” through yoga and affirmations and Jake lives like a millionaire without the millions to go with it.
One afternoon while having a drink at a nearby café, Fixie rescues a laptop from a nearby table when the ceiling collapses and a flood ensues. It’s owner, Sebastian, insists he owes her one and he really means that as he hands her his card with that message written on it, “I owe you one.”
Soon thereafter Fixie’s Mom has a heart attack and Fixie’s old romance, Ryan, shows up and pours out his pitiful story. Fixie is always trying to make things better, doomed to trying so hard that she misses the forest for the trees. So now that Mom is moving away to get some mandatory “rest,” Fixie’s problems increase between her siblings’ ineptness or obstructive ways and the control of her Uncle who hasn’t got a clue as to what’s going on. Uncle Ned just reminds everyone of how much he’s done for them.
Fixie will finally have enough and get to truly getting rid of the losers, even after she trusts Ryan to Sebastian’s care. That almost turns disastrous!
I Owe You One… is a light-hearted chic lit book that makes for some pleasant reading, even if the characters are seriously lacking in responsibility. That includes Fixie who has too much of the opposite. All in all, though a lovely romance builds with an airy, pleasant end that Sophie Kinsella fans will love. Enjoy!
Thank you to Penguin/Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing this novel for a review!