Reviewed by Laura Delve
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 he still loves her - but that almost seems besides the point now.
Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him 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 - he is always a little upset with her - 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 have been anticipating Rainbow’s new book Landline for ages, so a big thank you to Sharon for allowing to guest review.
When an unmissable opportunity comes up for Georgie at work to work on a sitcom over Christmas, she decides to stay and work to the deadline, hoping that Neal will say that they will have Christmas in Los Angeles instead of going to Omaha. But when Neal still insists they are going to Omaha, Georgie is crushed. And despite knowing that her marriage is in trouble she still lets Neal go. With Neal refusing to answer her calls, Georgie ends up staying at her Mum’s house and using the old yellow Landline in her room to call Neal and actually ends up finding a way to connect with him in the past. Is this an opportunity and a second chance at love...?
I really liked the idea of Landline and Georgie connecting with Neal in the past. I did figure out the meaning behind about half way through, but that didn’t spoil the story for me; I had just managed to get so involved with Georgie’s character that things started to click into place.
I also really enjoyed the flashbacks in Georgie and Neal’s past when they were younger and loved reading about how they met and got married. Although the relationship between Georgie and Neal seemed unusual there was something raw and honest about it that I had liked in Eleanor and Park.
I liked the quick fire dialogue in this, it keeps you reading on and actually makes for compelling
I NEED a yellow landline phone now and I did actually go on amazon and see if I could get one, but no such luck.
Although Landline was great, my heart still belongs to Eleanor and Park, that is still my favourite read from Rainbow.
A compelling story that makes you appreciate the ones that you love.
I'd like to thank Orion for sending me a proof copy of this book and Laura for reviewing it for me.