I OWE YOU ONE by Sophie Kinsella


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An IOU from a cute stranger gets complicated in this fun story about family, loyalty, and taking charge of your own life.

Fixie Farr, as her nickname suggests, has always loved to fix things. Most of her fixing is confined to her family's West London store, Farr’s, which she's run with her mother since her father’s death. Her siblings, Jake and Nicole, are mostly useless, and Fixie knows it’s up to her to protect her dad’s legacy. When she’s at a coffee shop one day, a man asks her to watch his laptop. While he’s away, the ceiling above his table caves in, and Fixie can’t stop herself from leaping into danger to save the computer. Shocked by her willingness to save the day at the risk of her own safety, the laptop’s owner, Seb, promises her a favor and writes an IOU on a coffee sleeve. Fixie never intends to cash in the favor—after all, she doesn’t know Seb at all, and she’s perfectly capable of handling everything herself—until the love of her life, Ryan, needs a job. Ryan was Jake’s best friend growing up, and Fixie’s had an enormous crush on him her whole life, even after he moved to LA to become a movie producer. But now he’s back in London, and she wants him to stay…so she musters up the courage to contact Seb and redeem the IOU for a job for Ryan. However, it turns out that she and Seb aren’t quite done with each other, and they keep finding more opportunities to owe each other favors. As Fixie tries to work out her feelings for Seb, assert herself to her siblings, and save her family’s store, will she finally be able to stop fixing other people’s lives and start focusing on her own? Kinsella (Surprise Me, 2018, etc.) creates a charming story full of quirky characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue. Fixie is a likable character, one readers will root for as she learns to take control of her own life.

Kinsella’s many fans will devour this warm and hilarious read.

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5247-9901-4
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Dial Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2018


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