Landline

Landline

A Novel

Large Print - 2014
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Recognizing that her marriage is in deep trouble in spite of her abiding and mutual love for her husband, television writer Georgie excludes herself from a Christmas family visit before discovering a way to reconnect with the man her husband used to be.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410470904
1410470903
Branch Call Number: 813/.6
Characteristics: 471 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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loonylovesgood Nov 07, 2017

Another great Rainbow Rowell story. I love her books! This one was a quick read and is perfect if you're looking for a Christmas romance. Just be prepared for a few loose ends when the story is finished!

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llwboston
Oct 14, 2017

Mostly enjoyable account of the misadventures of Georgie McCool, whose failed attempts to communicate by cellphone with her husband (instead reaching her young daughters for hilarious conversations, or her mother in law for awkward ones) take a strange turn when she discovers the landline phone in her mother's house connects her to her now husband's younger self pre-marriage, when their relationship was at a crisis point. Husband and kids have departed for a holiday visit to his mother, while Georgie has stayed behind to work with her longtime writing partner on a new tv series. Guilt over this action, fear of losing her husband, and doubts about her sanity raised by the landline calls, frame the plot.

The only problem is a major one: the landline calls between Georgie and past-Luke are r-e-a-l-l-y b-o-r-i-n-g, and slow the pacing of the novel considerably. Much more entertaining are the narrative flashbacks of Georgie coming of age as a 1990s college student, and present day goings on at Georgie's mothers house, and the climactic ending a spontaneous journey from Southern California to blizzardy Omaha, without adequate clothing or footwear.
And, while the ending was satisfying resolution to the point of the landline calls, I finished the book feeling doubtful that Georgie had made the best choice-the alternative scenario she ponders seemed to be a lot more satisfying given who she is and wants to be.

AL_TIEGAN Aug 17, 2017

Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble. But she cannot get ahold of her husband who has taken their kids to Omaha to visit his mother over Christmas while Georgie stays home to work on a career changing project. Instead, she spends the week somehow able to call a younger Neal - the Neal who left her all those years ago over Christmas and didn't call; the Neal who came back and proposed on Christmas day. The more they talk, the more Neal's proposal makes sense - he responded to things older Georgie says to younger Neal. These calls force Georgie to reflect on her relationship and look harshly at how it came to be in trouble. Would she better to convince Neal to leave her younger self - give him a chance at a happy life? Or will she decide to be selfish and say all the right things to get him to show up Christmas morning 20 years ago? Are some things just meant to be? But are there ways to make them better?

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violet_sparrow_16
Jun 23, 2017

Great story! Really made me appreciate an older romance, which is hard to appeal to a younger audience. Fantastic writing from Rowell as always!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 05, 2017

Every Rainbow Rowell book is great, and this is no exception. Georgie and Neal are a couple drifting apart, and then an old landline phone causes them to reconnect in strange ways. There are many entertaining references to an earlier time when everyone had landlines, like Georgie remembering how calling someone long distance used to be a big deal. All of Rainbow Rowell's books are different from each other, yet all incredibly endearing.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

Very cute, very whimsical and written in the purely clever and easy flowing Rowell style. I sure do like her books.

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awebster92
Aug 27, 2016

I might have a small Rainbow Rowell addiction. After reading 'Fangirl' and 'Carry on', I knew I would enjoy this book. A friend of mine also loved it, and she hasn't recommended a bad book yet. I was a bit excited because this is an adult fiction instead of the young adult novels of hers I have read in the past. Not that I don't enjoy YA, but I haven't read an adult novel in a while. As most my followers know, I don't read blurbs of big publishers or authors I enjoy. So, I had no idea what I was getting into. This review will contain a spoiler that is in the blurb of the book. So if you don't like reading blurbs, don't read this review.

Marriage is tough. It isn't a secret. There are going to be crappy times and good times. Landline is another one of those books that remind you of this fact. You can't ignore your spouse and expect them to feel loved. I felt for Georgie, I was verballing yelling at her to do what happens in the ending the whole time I was reading; which ruined the ending for myself. Not that it made it any less of a read, but I hate that I called it in the first few chapters. I did enjoy the whole timey-wimey landline plot. That was new and I really enjoyed it.

I liked all the characters. Georgie reminded me of someone in my family. She is completely oblivious to what is happening to her relationships if she's working or focused on something else. I can relate with Neal on how completely infuriating that can be. He was practically a saint and I was cheering for him the whole book. Georgie's family was a hoot. Her sister needs her own book because I love her. The pizza driver romance was ADORABLE. I mean honestly, what is better than pizza and young love? (nothing)

In a whole, Landline is a good read - Personally, I enjoyed fangirl more as I think I can relate to those characters on a deeper level. I would recommend it, heck I would tell anyone to read Rowell. She is a fantastic author. I think this book would have been 5 stars had I not called the ending.

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kn1226
Mar 16, 2016

Not bad. Good for a more mindless read or if you're bored. Has nice romance, and shows that you shouldn't take things for granted.

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tocch101
Dec 30, 2015

A good read with very flawed and difficult characters. I love that the ending doesn't write off the whole previous history.

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EricaReynolds
Dec 02, 2015

Are you looking for a great, slightly magical read during this busy holiday season? Check out Landline by Rainbow Rowell. As a recovering workaholic and working Mom, I found it really resonnated with me. Christmas is a big part of it--also I think anyone in the Midwest will find it extra-charming.

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Mar 17, 2016

You love me. But maybe it isn't enough. That's what you're thinking.

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Mar 17, 2016

'Just because you love someone,' she said, 'that doesn't mean your lives will fit together.'

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Aug 27, 2016

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