From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, 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

“This book is a shot of pure joy!”—Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner

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 Sophie Kinsella’s Surprise Me
 
“Well paced and . . . genuinely funny, with a likeable cast of peripheral characters . . . [Kinsella’s] hold on the reader’s sympathies is deft, and I found myself rooting for Dan and Sylvie.”—Sally Rooney, The New York Times
 
“Heartfelt . . . what at first seems like a light novel about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Winsome and zesty, Kinsella’s latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect.”Booklist
 
“In her signature fashion, Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work. . . . [she] keeps the laughs coming. . . . Readers will follow the story with bated breath as the couple struggles to make their marriage right after everything they thought they knew about each other proves wrong.”Library Journal