My rating: 5 of 5!
Published: the 7th of February 2019
Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Length: 378 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided via Netgalley.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own.
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 of his wife and 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 her nature to say no to people.
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. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian 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 she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. 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? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?
As a romance reader you cannot avoid hearing of Sophie Kinsella and yet for some unexplained reason, I’ve never read any of her books. That’s until a few weeks ago, when I was browsing through Netgalley. As soon as I saw this book, I just had to request it and see what all the fuss is about. The timing of receiving this book was perfect. A few days after being approved, I was flying to Denmark again, and it’s always nice to have something read on the plane! I got all comfortable in my seat and got ready to read, whilst trying to keep my expectations under control. So, while I kept thinking “it’s just a book, don’t get too excited, don’t think too much”, the pilot got ready for takeoff.
As it turns out the book is one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Sophie Kinsella’s writing style didn’t just have me hooked right from the beginning, it also had me laughing out loud so many times, that the guy next to me started moving further away and gave me weird looks. And let me just be honest here; it wasn’t just a kind of quiet giggle. I was full on roaring with laughter, and had tears running down my cheeks. Seriously, the book is so bloody hilarious that I didn’t even care about the poor guy, who by random (lack of) luck got seated next to me.
Fixie is exactly the kind of character I don’t like in real life. She’s obsessive with fixing things, which more than half the time would be better left alone. Not only that, she’s also a bit of a know-it-all. Mix that with her lack of seeing people for who they really are, lack of courage and confidence, she’s a mess! Her childhood crush, Ryan, should either be filed under “exhibit A” or in the memory draw, under “BME” for BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. At first I was blinded by his Hollywood glamour, too. That was right until the first time they have sex, after they’re re-united, and he gets turned on by Fixie telling him how attractive, fantastic and amazing he is. Sounds sleazy? Well it is. But with the way Sophie Kinsella wrote it, it’s just too dang funny!
Fixie’s family aren’t exactly the most caring, loving or supportive bunch. So, when the matriarch of the Farr’s needs a break, to regain her health, and goes on holiday, she entrusts the family business to their uncle (dead fathers brother) and the eldest of her children: Fixie’s brother. Before she leaves their mother does leave Fixie with an important message: don’t let the family or business fall apart. Well that should be the easiest assignments ever, right? Of course it probably would be in many families. Except for in Farr family, most of them care more about themselves than any of their shared family obligations. So, when one sibling borrows and spends money like there’s no tomorrow, and another wants to turn their store into a yoga studio, Fixie really has her work cut out for her on this front. Especially as she’s too daunted by her brother to speak up.
The mysterious laptop owner, Seb, was a most welcome addition to the characters. He’s not only successful, caring, a tiny bit flawed, trusting and he has a great sense of humour – he’s also my first book crush of 2019. Seriously, if I was single I might start asking random people at coffee houses, if they want me to look after their laptops, all in search of someone like him. Admittedly, that might get me kicked out if people think I’m after their goods, but it would be worth it.
All in all I loved everything about this hilarious and swoon-worthy book. Sophie Kinsella doesn’t just write about things, she brings them to live within the pages. All the characters are three dimensional, even the secondary ones. Her writing really is right up my alley, and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books.
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