Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Orion

Release Date: July 3rd 2014

Pages: 310

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult

Rating: 2 out of 5

Blurb: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


I don’t know what it is, it’s my second book by Rainbow Rowell that I had to DNF.  I like her dialogue and I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I couldn’t connect to Georgie and the story just didn’t move on. I still want to give a try to another two books, which I haven’t read yet.

Georgie has been married to Neal for a long time and their marriage is in trouble. As Georgie has to work while they had planned to go to Neal’s family for Christmas, Neal takes the children and goes alone. Georgie has to work on a TV show, which makes Neal upset, but she got the chance of a lifetime and decides to work on it, and promises her children to have two Christmases this year. When Neal is away at his parent’s place, Georgie often stays at her mother’s home and uses the old yellow rotary phone to call her husband, but then happens something unexpected-she gets to talk to her husband from the past, when they weren’t even married.


Favorite quotes:

  • “I love you more than I hate everything else.”
  • “Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn-that’s like the sun being jealous of a lightbulb.”
  • “Nothing good is easy.”
  • “Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”

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