Friday, 14 August 2015

Review - Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 398
Publisher: Orion
Release date: 30th July 2015

Blurb from Goodreads: 
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?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Georgie McCool is supposed to go to Omaha with her husband, Neal, and their children for Christmas but then the chance appears for Georgie and her co-writer/best friend Seth to get a show they've been planning for years on air. Georgie stays intending to work on the show.
Georgie's marriage has been on the fritz for a while and Neal is upset when Georgie tells him she won't be going with them to Omaha.
It's only when Neal and their daughters are in Omaha that Georgie realises just how bad things have gotten between her and Neal.
Then she calls him using her old yellow phone at her room in her mum's house but Georgie finds herself talking to Neal in the past before they married.
Should Georgie convince Neal that they're better off apart so that he can be happy?
Does she really have a magical phone?

Landline was an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
I liked Georgie and I felt sorry for her but I felt sorrier for Neal because Georgie had taken him for granted for years and he was jealous of Georgie's relationship with Seth.
The plot was good but not much seemed to happen. I liked reading about Georgie's past and how her relationship with Neal started and developed.
The writing style was easy to follow and I wanted to keep reading but I wasn't gripped.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.