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I Owe You One

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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 since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands o
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Dial Press
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    Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley

    This review is difficult to write. I adore Sophie Kinsella’s books for many reasons. Unfortunately, I found I Owe You One to be a letdown.

    I had an issue with the characters, the plot, and the romance.

    I started off reading with an eye roll with the introduction of Fixie and her cliched nickname. Right away, I knew something was off. I would have appreciated something a little bit more clever and nuanced than a character who is defined by a stupid nickname. Fixie’s character annoyed me i
    Theresa Alan
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I’ve read enough books by Sophie Kinsella to know that the main character, whose nickname is Fixie because she’s always trying to fix other people and situations, will eventually have character growth. In Fixie's case, she lets her family and a man she’s been crushed out over since she was ten years old walk all over her. Even though I had faith she’d grow a backbone at some point, it was still hard to read all the ways she’s refuses to see things clearly or speak up for herself.

    One of the thin
    Chelsea Humphrey
    All of the snow we've been hit with recently has given me the opportunity to read like a mad woman, so I've been flying through my NetGalley backlist in hopes of keeping up with my arc schedule. I'm not sure if reading The Lost Man by Jane Harper has put me in a slump, but I've been finding it difficult to get into a new book and enjoy it from beginning to end. Perhaps it's my growing sense of noticing the little things I was previously able to overlook, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm need ...more
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
    I have been wary of trying this author because I've heard mixed reviews on all of her books. I decided to take a chance on this new novel and it didn't turn out the way I hoped.

    Where do I start with this novel? This really was a bit of a mess.

    Should I begin with Fixie's character? Wow... talk about annoying, having men walk all over her, and making ridiculous decisions because she's so blinded with wanting a man that badly?

    Fixie is a character that tries to "fix" everyone but yet she is such a
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I am a newer fan to Sophie Kinsella's work but having loved all of the books I've had the chance to read so far I was really looking forward to I Owe You One. Unfortunately though this contemporary romance just really didn't live up to what I've come to know and expect from this author.

    At the center of this story is Fixie Farr, and I was willing to try not to roll my eyes every time I read her name and give this book a fair shot. Fixie has gotten her nickname due to the fact that she likes to fi
    Umut Reviews
    Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was one of my most anticipated releases this year. I read all Kinsella books, and I love her as a contemporary writer. Her books just warm my heart and take me to another world.
    This one is a bit tricky. I really didn't like the beginning, but later on it felt like more Kinsella style. Witty, fun, and more creative even with chick lit romance.
    I thought the details at the beginning about the side characters and time spent for them was too much, as they were quite unlikeable too. I don't have
    Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I have read and enjoyed all of Sophie Kinsella's books and I was delighted to receive a copy of her new book I Owe You One.
    The story is about Fixie who has been infatuated by Ryan since she was ten years old. She works in her family's shop and still lives with her mother.
    Fixie is a character that I could not connect with and unfortunately I didn't find the story as amusing as the previous books by this author.
    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exch
    Fafa's Book Corner
    Mini review:


    Trigger warning: Abuse of power and authority. Making someone feel small. Ceiling falling on top off someone’s head.

    I received this E-ARC via Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to reading this! I have enjoyed Kinsella’s books in the past. Unfortunately I didn’t like it.

    I really liked Fixie! I simply didn’t care for anyone else. Nor did I care for the story. As I read on I started to get bored and was pulled
    Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    I adored this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella novel and I’ve forgotten just how addictive they can be. Once I started it I could hardly put it down.

    I really expected I Owe You One to be romance-heavy, but it wasn’t as central to the plot as I thought it would be. That wasn’t a bad thing, though. The story focuses a lot on Fixie’s relationship with her family and with her own issues of confidence
    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    ☆☆☆ 1/2

    Whenever Mum smiles, lines appear all over her face. They stretch like sunrays from her eyes; they score her cheeks and mark out her forehead in deep creases. Grief brought extra lines to her face. I saw it happen. And maybe some people think the lines are ugly, but I see love and life in every one of them.

    This book is not great literature, it won't win the Pulitzer or the Nobel Prize for Literature, it is a piece of fluff. And I enjoyed every minute of it, it was fun. It was a nice
    ***4 Stars***

    Ahhh... I just love Sophie Kinsella and her writing. Having read a couple of the Shopaholic series and with a few of her other books on my TBR list, I was thrilled when NetGalley and Random House Publishing allowed me an ARC of "I Owe You One" her latest book with expected publication on Feb 5, 2019.
    In regular Sophie style, this does not disappoint. Fixie Farr, (very cliché nickname for, surprise, someone who likes to fix things) is a doormat. She's weak and annoying; at the beginni
    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
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    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

    This is really 3.5 stars rounded up.

    The thing with Sophie Kinsella is, sometimes I have to recalibrate my expectations a little bit. She writes romance, of course, but I frequently forget that the focus of her books isn’t supposed to be the romance. It’s more properly women’s fiction (or chick lit, I suppose)with explorations of things like family relationships and personal growth.

    There, the book excelled. It just fell a little flat
    3.5 stars. I liked this--it was Sophie Kinsella, what's not to like!? (Except for the sequels to Shopaholic where Becky Bloomwood showed a pathological inability to experience character growth.) But it wasn't my favorite of hers. Definitely worth a read if you are a fan, but not a place to start if you've never read Kinsella's work. It had laugh-out-loud funny moments and I liked Fixie and her journey to developing a backbone, so this is not a negative review, but her relationship with Seb felt ...more
    I will post a full review later (or maybe not!), but I have to say this, this book does follow a very specific formula and for 3/4 of the book, I hated ALL of the characters. Even the female lead Fixie. I know that this book was about change and family but I have never despised so many people in a book (even the supposed good guys) - I wanted to throw my Kindle out of the window at certain points in this novel.

    Yes, the family does come together at the end, but was the journey to that point worth
    Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    What a surprise!?
    It has been a super long time since I read a Sophie Kinsella book. My last read of hers was "Twenties Girl", so it's been long overdue. I Owe You, gave me flashbacks of Sophies grounded roots of her earlier works. The main characters were relatable , quirky , unique and made you feel you would want to build a friendship with them. Fixie Farr, was a spitfire, but at times her indecisiveness and "doormat-ish" mannerisms ,irked me. Fixie grew and became a more confident gal eventua
    FINALLY the Sophie Kinsella I know and love is back! I have been a fan for years and years but I hate to admit that I have not been a fan of recent books. I am so happy to say that I Owe You One was fantastic! Kinsella is the queen of writing characters you fall in love with (despite their faults and because of their quirks) and this book is no exception.

    Fixie can't help fixing things. She tries her best, but she just can't stop. But what if she is what needs fixing? What if she's stuck in a ru
    Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley, 2018
    This is my second Kinsella book, and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to My Not So Perfect Life for me. While there are similarities in the story line that I liked, of a young woman trying to find her way, I had a few issues with the fact that the female lead is basically a doormat for the first 80% of the book. Almost all of the supporting characters are unlikable and treat her terribly, but she just goes along with it because she is too nervous to speak up and doesn’t want to offend anyon ...more
    Kat, aka
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    This book was a delight. Four stars!

    I have to start out by saying I am a longtime fan of Kinsella's. I've been reading her since about 2004, give or take a year. I started with Shopaholic, and I've read everything she's put out (under this name; she also writes under at least one other). So when I say I'm a fan, just know that I mean it.

    Now since I'm a fan, I normally automatically rate all her books five stars. However this book didn't quite get there - in my eyes the beginning dragged just a l
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I give this book 3.5 stars.

    While I Owe You One was a relaxing read, I think it would be best suited as a beach read — light fare that doesn’t require full attention.

    I read most of the Shopaholic series years ago and enjoyed it. With those expectations, I Owe You One was a disappointment. While the story itself was interesting and the premise was unusual, the character development fell flat for me and I missed the humor that made the Shopaholic series so enjoyable to read.

    The story follows Fixie
    I have read a few of Sophie’s novels before so I thought I knew what I was getting into, but this novel was different. When I read the main character’s nickname and figured out that we would be referring to that throughout the entire novel, that threw me for a loop, Fixie? Really? Sophie, I know you can do better. This novel had its highs and lows and all-in-all, I have to say that it was an OK read.

    Let’s start with what I liked, I enjoyed the parts of the novel where Fixie started to realized
    Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
    When I first got in to reading, Sophie Kinsella was one of the authors I picked up. I still remember the trip to the book store. It had been years since I read one of her books., but I was so excited.
    The first half of this book was just ok for me. Poor Fixie was such a pushover and totally let everyone run her over. By the halfway point I was so frustrated. Then finally she started to stand up
    Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
    After a string of thrillers and heavy books, I was ready for a lighter read. The newest Sophie Kinsella did not disappoint! What started as an overwhelmingly frustrating read quickly became a feel good story and I’m glad I stuck with it.

    Fixie Farr is just that- a fixer. She works in her family’s shop, picking up the slack for her ungrateful siblings. Her motto is “family first”, leading her to putting everyone else’s happiness above her own. Until one fateful day at the coffee shop, when she sav
    Hilary Grossman
    Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Whenever I learn about a new Sophie Kinsella book I get super excited - She is hands down one of my favorite authors, and one who I feel continues to write better and better books. I find myself loving each new story a little bit more than the one I read before. And that totally was the case with I Owe You One.

    Such a lighthearted, fun filled read with a very unique and quirky cast. No matter if I wanted to reach into the pages and hug or strangle a character I felt such a connection to all of th
    Oct 15, 2018 marked it as netgalley-to-read
    Review in progress.

    Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of I Owe You One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.
    Author: Sophie Kinsella
    Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Random House, The Dial Press
    Genres: Women's Fiction
    Pub Date: February 5, 2019
    Meredith Schorr
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    Sophie Kinsella did it again. She wowed me with her trademark charming heroine, quirky cast of secondary characters, and laugh-out-loud wit. I truly had trouble putting this down (even when my eyes were dilated at the eye doctor's office)! Fixy Farr was a delightful character to follow, and even though I wanted to shake her sometimes for being a dormat, she ultimately found her way and it was worth waiting for.

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy.
    Three and a half stars.

    Fixie Farr works in her family's general houseware shop in Acton, West London. Her older brother Jake is a successful businessman who made his first fortune importing nude, seamless underwear. He has high aspirations for the shop, wanting it to appeal to a more upmarket clientele. Fixie's older sister Nicole is beautiful, she modelled for a short period (aka once) and is very into new age thinking like crystals etc. The store is managed by their mother with Fixie's assista
    No Apology Book Reviews
    Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Good but not great

    I would like to thank Sophie Kinsella, The Dial Press/ Random House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Fixie Farr possesses a compulsion to “fix” things. From cleaning up a stain no one would notice to calling 999 despite her friend’s wishes, Fixie derives pleasure in knowing she righted wrongs. She considers the compulsion one of her biggest flaws, because it gets her in trouble more often than it actually helps.

    One thing she’s never
    Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Sophie Kinsella is my go-to for light, fun romantic comedies so I was thrilled to get an eARC of her latest from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My favorite books of hers combine her signature humor and voice with heartfelt relationships and family drama, and I am happy to report that this one was a WINNER!

    Our protagonist is Fixie, a twentysomething young woman who just can’t stop herself from fixing things for everyone around her. One day she’s sitting at a coffee shop when a (hands
    Katie McCluskey
    Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Fixie Farrs is the girl behind the curtain: she runs the show (aka she runs the day to day for her family business in London) but is never in the spotlight. Before her father passed away, he drilled into her the importance of family loyalty. Fixie lives by this mantra even if most of the time it backfires.

    One day, Fixie saves Sebastian Marlowe’s laptop in a coffee shop from a ceiling collapse. Turns out he’s a CEO of an investment firm, and the laptop is very important to his business. Sebastian
    Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: beach-book, netgalley
    NOTE: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

    I've never been interested in Sophie Kinsella's Shop-aholic series but I have liked almost all of her stand-alone books. After being very disappointed with her last book Surprise Me, which I could not finish, I was a bit weary of trying her again. However, this book, I Owe You One, is definitely more readable. At first I didn't love it as we are presented with Fixie, a bit of a doormat getting walked all over
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    Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

    Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty fin
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