Review of Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Published: 3rd July


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?


Thank you to my lovely friend Lucy at Orion for kindly sending me a review copy. Today is my stop on the blog tour!! I recently read Fangirl and absolutely loved it so I was really looking forward to reading Landline. I’m also meeting Rainbow later in July so keep an eye on my Twitter and blog for pictures plus a full write up.

The narrative is split up in the days leading up to Christmas 2013. We hear from Georgie, the protagonist, wife, mother of two and workaholic. She was such a lovely person to read about as she had a very warm personality. Her husband Neal, on the other hand, is very quiet and despite having opinions, he doesn’t really voice them until the straw has broken the camel’s back. The only character who I didn’t warm to was Seth. Oh dear… What a selfish pig! He thinks of himself and only himself. He drove me insane every time he spoke. I’m sure he thinks he’s God’s gift or something.

Now, you probably all know that I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan so when I spotted a few references, I was squealing with delight. I love seeing book references in other books. I can’t help but grin like the cat from Alice In Wonderland.

Now, as much as I enjoyed this book I didn’t really get the concept of the landline. I’m not going to spoil it for others who have yet to read but to me, the past and present wasn’t made perfectly clear. I really had to think about what was in the now and what was then. I didn’t know what was real. It was Inception all over again and my head was turning into mush. Apart from that, I did enjoy reading about Georgie and her lovely family. I was quite surprised that Rainbow has changed her genre a little bit as fans are used to reading about teenagers. For me, the difference didn’t bother me as I thought it was a brilliant move and although I didn’t fully like the landline concept, I thought she wrote about adults extremely well. The plot was believable and I liked the mystery of the relationship.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other participants on the blog tour…

Landline Blog Tour

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