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I Owe You One: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sophie Kinsella

Narrated By: Fiona Hardingham

Date: February 2019

Duration: 12 hours 23 minutes


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


  • Shannon D.

    I hated just about every character in this book until about halfway through. Completely irritating book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Sabra G.

    It’s a fun girly book. A light-hearted and enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Vicki K.

    It’s a typical Sophie K know what you’re getting. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but the story that unfolded was worth the wait. The narrator was great, too. I highly recommend this feel good story.

  • Kristen L.

    I liked the easy and fun romantic side of this story, but it was not my favorite of Sophie Kinsella's. I found her main character, Fixie Farr, to be difficult to like. I thought she was kind of shallow in her thinking; and a whole lot of the book was about her thinking... Still, I liked how her story turned out, even if it does mean that her brother's whole personality had to change on a dime in order for her story to turn out as well as it did. Even her sister had to do a huge turnaround that wasn't very realistic in order to make the happy ending. Real life experience tells me that self-absorbed, egocentric people take a long time to gradually change into thoughtful giving people, but that would have made the book too long, so... I guess it was the best it could have been. The narration was just so-so. Fiona Hardingham has a slightly strident tone while she reads that grates just a tiny bit, but her inflection and characterizations for this story were good.. I won't avoid her in the future, but I won't seek her out when I go to pick out an audio book like I do some narrators.

  • K O.

    Sometimes I feel like Sophie Kinsella is slightly ADHD. I really have to concentrate on these books to figure out if it is just a strand of ramblings bound together and printed.

  • Donna V.

    Although she took it a bit to the extreme, what female out there has not had similar internal conversations of self doubt and experiences of selling ourselves short. Just glad this book also had the chick flick type ending that I sometimes enjoy escaping to for some good old fashion light hearted entertainment. Love the narrator. She made me laugh.

  • Amanda H.

    It was a slow start, but half way through it started to pick up.

  • Meagan R.

    Cute story line. My only complaint is that all the men sounded the same throughout the narration. But it was an easy listen during a long car ride.

  • Anonymous

    Light and easy to listen. Narrator was excellent.

  • Joan S.

    The Story is fun but Main Character suffers for too long throughout the book being a victim of others selfish behavior. It gets tedious.

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