Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside 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 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?
Miss Riki’s Review:
This was yet another wonderful novel from Rainbow Rowell. I’m having a difficult time reviewing her books after I’ve read them because it is all starting to sound the same. (Great characters, riveting plots, unique situations, etc.) However, I did love that this was another adult novel and absolutely fell in love with the main characters.
Great characterization is, I think, one of Rainbow Rowell’s great strengths. She writes these incredibly well drawn out leads who are all at once incredibly flawed yet totally likable and after spending 300 pages or so with them, I just want to take them all home and have dinner with them or something. I mean, I really liked Georgie McCool. Does she do everything right? Heck no. But does she more than make up for that in pure heart? Absolutely.
Besides being a wonderful look at the intricacies of marriage and relationships in general, this book had the added element of a sort of magical realism. I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone by describing it here, but I will say that it was a welcome addition and I fell for it immediately. It was such an interesting way of exploring the past without dumping a bunch of unnecessary backstory along the way. It was actually quite brilliant.
Landline is a delightful book about marriage and what it means to want something for yourself and still love another person. I absolutely loved it.