Just what I needed! After binge reading the Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han which revolved mainly around revenge I was longing for a love story , a short read and that's exactly what I got!
The story revolves around Georgie McCool a successful sitcom writer ( IKR? what a cool name haha ) and Neal a stay home dad who is devoted to raising their daughters full-time. He isn't all that happy with Georgie's work and feels neglected . In the week before Christmas, Georgie and Seth (Georgie's best friend) get the chance to write the show they've always dreamed of — provided they turn in scripts during the 10 days Georgie's planning to be on holiday with her family . Georgie is left with no option but to stay in L . A while Neal and the girls leave to Omaha for Christmas where Neal's mother currently resides, This leaves Neal upset and as a result opens a rift in their marriage.
Georgie is capsized and even more so when Neal refuses to pick up her calls, she then goes to her mothers house to spend the evenings as she doesn't want to go back home - not without Neal there. Here's where the magic begins : Its not until she calls his family's house from the yellow rotary landline in her childhood bedroom that she finds out it connects her to a past Neal, a Neal from a parallel week in 1998, when the two spent time apart and almost broke up.
At first, she thinks shes going crazy and tries to avoid using the phone but slowly uses it to her advantage and does what every long-time lover dreams of doing : to go back to the beginning, and relive it all over again, with hindsight.
I love how Rowell is able to reach out to all ages despite this being a book aimed at adults. I also like how she didn't go with the cliche stay-home mom and working dad but flipped it over and that added a little of oomph to the book. The writing style as usual was very simple and easy to read which is why I guess I finished this book overnight. Comparing Landline to her other books this isn't her finest work. . . shes had better books my favorites being Eleanor and Park & Attachments keeping that aside I am eagerly looking forward to what more Rowell has to give in her upcoming books.
“Neal didn't take Georgie's breath away. Maybe the opposite. But that was okay--that was really good, actually, to be near someone who filled your lungs with air.”
―Landline, Rainbow Rowell.