This is my first 5-star book of 2019! It’s not a big surprise that Sophie Kinsella was able to hit the mark. I started and finished this book with a big smile on my face. I Owe You One was just what I was looking for. It had all of the wit, quirky characters, and heart that I have come to expect from this author. It was simply a delightful and charming reading experience.
I loved Fixie Farr. I was in her corner from the get-go, and I delighted in cheering her on. She was flawed, and she owned her flaws. She was a well-intentioned, caring, slightly obsessive problem solver. If there was an issue that needed fixing, Fixie was your girl. Her family, and the family store were of utmost importance to her. She took great pride in the store that her mother and late father nurtured. She had her finger on the pulse of her community, she knew what the customers wanted/needed, and she strove to provide it for them. Unfortunately, her brother and sister were less in-tune with the family business and neighborhood, trying their best to either make it into a high end shop or a spa-like, self-help boutique.
Sophie Kinsella knows how to create the most interesting cast of characters. I couldn’t help but be completely entertained and amused by them. Did I like them all? Absolutely not, and I’m certain that I wasn’t supposed to. Some of them were written with so few (if any) redeemable qualities that it would be impossible for a reader to like or sympathize with them. Between Fixie’s siblings, the employees, friends/acquaintances and love interests, this book was overflowing with personality.
Amid all of the drama surrounding the family and the business, there is a love story that emerges. While it’s not the main focus of the book, it was definitely a captivating, original storyline that kept my attention. From their initial introduction to their continued run-ins, there was just something magnetic about the relationship.
I Owe You One was everything that I had hoped it would be. This was just an all-around entertaining read!