Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:37 am

Reserve now!


Rainbow Rowell


reserve now!

In brief


Georgie isn't looking for magic, but she finds it right when she needs it the most. How fortuitous.

Georgie is not a perfect wife. I wouldn't even say she is a good wife. She is a very self-absorbed woman. When 23-year-old Georgie married Neal, she had no idea what a long-term loving marriage looked like. But 37-year-old Georgie knows. She knows that after being married that long (with kids), she and her husband's lives have become so intertwined that she can no longer tell where she stops and Neal begins.

After Georgia announces that she must stay in town to work during Christmas, Neal does the unimaginable, taking the kids halfway across the country without her. Georgie fears that Neal may not be coming back. This is where Landline takes a twist toward something magical.

I like things that are magical. I clap my hands because I believe in fairies. I look closely at rugs in case they decide to go airborne. I want a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. So I am pleasantly surprised when Georgie finds a phone to the past. The idea that I might be able to speak with someone from another time is seductive to me; I would love to have a magic phone to call my late husband. Georgie discovers just such a phone in her childhood bedroom. This direct landline lets her call Neal of the past, and she finds herself falling in love with him all over again. Can real-time Georgie use the knowledge she has now to somehow fix mistakes in the past?

Landline has the kind of magic I like best: simple magic. I don't have to figure out how or why it works. I just have to believe that it does, and believe I do. Landline is full of all the great characters (like the perfect, ultra-handsome writing partner), funny moments (the dog in the dryer will make you laugh out loud), touching moments (getting to talk to a deceased loved one), loving moments (Georgie's sister), honest moments (the difficulty of buying bras) and every other kind of thing you would want to read in a book.

I guess what I want to tell you is that I loved this book. Georgie is not the kind of woman I am, but I was rooting for her all along. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing this book. In fact, it is so satisfying that I might read it again.