Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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?
***All opinions that follow are my own, honest thoughts on this title. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC.***
Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author. I have read several of her books and loved them all. This book was no exception. Fixie Farr is the poster child for being a family doormat. She has spent her whole life feeling guilty and going above and beyond to make sure her family and friends have all they need. She got her nickname as a child because she has an obsessive compulsive need to "fix" things. I won't lie, I really wasn't a fan of Fixie for the first few chapters. I HATED the fact that she was constantly not speaking up for herself. The more I read thought the more understandable it was to see why she behaved in such a manner. I LOVED how far she grew as a person by the end of the story and how great everything turned out for her once Fixie started putting herself first. This is a really great read. It is very addictive so don't say I didn't warn you.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I read this book and then had to just sit quietly for a minute to reflect on everything that happened in it. Liza and Molly have been best friends their whole lives and find themselves gradually drifting apart as adults. Liza moves to Chicago while Molly marries and has 2 kids. They try to keep the friendship going but over time they realize it's more about going through the motions than the actual relationship. Liza has reached a point where she is trying to figure out what she wants in life and what her next step is going to be. Molly has become a shell of her former self bogged down by guilt and chronic pain. One chance web chat that revealed an intruder in Molly's home changes everything for both women and their relationship. The story that unfolds is one of lies, pain, secrets, and leaves you wondering how well you can really know someone. I found this to be a fantastic read with the exception of Molly being slightly annoying in the way she handles things.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the ARC and the chance to leave my honest review here.