It feels like it’s been SO L O N G since I’ve read and reviewed a book! When my work schedule picked up in the last quarter of 2019, I didn’t make time for reading, which is definitely one thing I am hoping to change this year.
So, I’m really excited that I’ve already got a book under my belt! In my 2020 goals, I said I wanted to read books I already have as a way to read more intentionally and not just read whatever was next on my library reserves list. It also means I don’t have to make time to drive to the library, and can instead just go right to my bookshelf!
But, I had two remaining library books — very, very overdue I might add — on my nightstand and I want to get them back where they belong. So, my first book of the year for Blanche’s Book Club is “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella. Here is the official book description:
Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.
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. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.
That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.
Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves. Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?
I used to read ALL of Sophie Kinsella’s “Shopaholic” books! I really loved them, but stopped when things were turning away from the shopping and more toward marriage and babies (things I cannot relate to).
But I was excited to jump back on the bandwagon when I saw this one. It sounded different and it takes place in London, where I went for the first time in 2019!
However, I didn’t really love the main character. There were definitely areas where I could relate: her and her family trying to pull together after losing her father, her being too quick in love…
But the latter part was pretty cringy to read. Ugh.
It has a good ending and overall was pleasant to read, so if you’re looking for something quick and lite, I wouldn’t pass it up. But it won’t be my pick for the best book of the year 🙂
The next book I‘ll be reading (and possibly my last library book of the year) is “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan — it’s the 3rd installment in the “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy.
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