Published: 7th February 2019
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?
Thank you to Penguin for kindly sending me a review copy.
The narrative begins with two men entering Fixie’s life – one in which she has been very fond of since her childhood, the other being the owner of the laptop in which she just saved from a caved in café roof. With Ryan back in Fixie’s life and an IOU from Seb, she sets herself the task of looking after the family shop while her Mum jets off to Spain for a few weeks in the sun to recover from her illness.
“I just can’t help fixing things. It’s my flaw. It’s who I am.”
As the shop takes centre place in Fixie’s life, Ryan convinces Fixie to claim her IOU from Seb in the form of a job for him. As Fixie is the people pleaser in the family and someone who enjoys fixes problems for people, she doesn’t see the issue of asking a stranger for a job for her boyfriend. Even though Fixie was the definition of a door-mat, Sophie wrote her character with such ease and she was filled to the brim with personality and kindness. With her IOU sorted from Seb, Fixie has reason to believe that her life is fantastic and yet, when Ryan shows her true colours – she realises that he’s not the high school dreamboat that he once was. In fact, he had the personality of a tea spoon.
“But what I do remember about them, is that love isn’t acting like a doormat. Love can be tough. Sometimes love has to be tough.”
The narrative is filled with Fixie fixing everything – Seb’s alleyway attack, her sister’s marriage, her Mum’s happiness, the family shop and her brother’s money problems. Even though the plot was busy, the single point of view worked really well as readers were able to get to know her and her crazy family life. Sophie writes with such ease, her characters are always fantastic and you can’t help but be drawn into the fictional world in which she creates. This book is ideal for a cosy Sunday on the sofa with a large cup of tea and a blanket.
Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me from Penguin via. NetGalley and I have an ongoing working relationship with the publisher.