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I Owe You One
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I Owe You One
A Novel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A gem of a novel."—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great ThingsFrom the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible...
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A gem of a novel."—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great ThingsFrom the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible...
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • "A gem of a novel."—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

    From the author of Surprise Me comes 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." And 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 Fixie's nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer's owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she'd never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
    But then Fixie's childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie's buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she'd love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than 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?

    Praise for I Owe You One

    "This book is a shot of pure joy!"—Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner
    "A humorous exploration of family life, finding love and the difficulties of coming into one's own as a young professional woman . . . The entertaining cast of characters . . . will certainly remind readers why nineteen years after her first hit Kinsella remains one of the reigning queens of women's fiction."The Washington Post
    "I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike."PopSugar

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    The trouble with me is, I can't let things go. They bug me. I see problems and I want to fix them, right here, right now. My nickname isn't Fixie for nothing.

    I mean, this can be a good thing. For example, at my best friend Hannah's wedding, I got to the reception and instantly saw that only half the tables had flowers. I ran around sorting it before the rest of the guests arrived, and in her speech, Hannah thanked me for dealing with "Flowergate." So that was OK.

    On the other hand, there was the time I brushed a piece of fluff off the leg of a woman sitting next to me by the pool at a spa day. I was just trying to be helpful. Only it turned out it wasn't a piece of fluff; it was a pubic hair growing halfway down her thigh. And then I made things worse by saying, "Sorry! I thought that was a piece of fluff," and she went kind of purple, and two nearby women turned to look. . . .

    I shouldn't have said anything. I see that now.

    Anyway. So this is my quirk. This is my flaw. Things bug me. And right now the thing that's bugging me is a Coke can. It's been left on the top shelf of the leisure section of our shop, in front of a chessboard propped up for display. Not only that, the chessboard is covered with a brown stain. Obviously someone's opened the can or dumped it down too hard and it's splattered everywhere and they haven't cleared it up. Who?

    As I look around the shop with narrowed eyes, I fully suspect Greg, our senior assistant. Greg drinks some kind of beverage all day long. If he's not clutching a can, it's noxious filter coffee in an insulated cup decorated with camouflage and webbing, as though he's in the army, not working in a household store in Acton. He's always leaving it about the place, or even thrusting it at customers and saying, "Hold this a mo," while he gets a saucepan down off the display for them. I've told him not to.

    Anyway. Not the time for recriminations. Whoever dumped that Coke can (Greg, definitely Greg), it's caused a nasty stain, just when our important visitors are about to arrive.

    And, yes, I know it's on a high shelf. I know it's not obvious. I know most people would shrug it off. They'd say: "It's not a big deal. Let's get some perspective."

    I've never been great at perspective.

    I'm trying hard not to look at it but to focus instead on the rest of the shop, which looks gleamingly clean. A little shambolic, maybe, but then, that's the style of our all-purpose family shop. (Family-owned since 1985, it says on our window.) We stock a lot of different items, from knives to aprons to candlesticks, and they all need to go somewhere.

    I suddenly catch sight of an old man in a mac in the kitchen section. He's reaching with a shaking hand for a plain white mug, and I hurry over to get it for him.

    "Here you are," I say with a friendly smile. "I can take that to the till for you. Do you need any more mugs? Or can I help you with anything else?"

    "No, thank you, love," he says in a quavering voice. "I only need the one mug."

    "Is white your favorite color?" I gently press, because there's something so poignant about buying one plain white mug that I can't bear it.

    "Well." His gaze roams doubtfully over the display. "I do like a brown mug."

    "This one maybe?" I retrieve a brown earthenware mug that he probably discounted because it was too far out of reach. It's solid, with a nice big handle. It looks like a cozy fireside mug.

    The man's eyes light up, and I think, I knew it. When your life is restricted, something like a mug choice becomes huge.

    "It's a pound more expensive," I tell him. "It's £4.99. Is that...

About the Author-

  • Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, and Surprise Me. She lives between London and the country.

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