Landline is the 4th novel by author Rainbow Rowell.
I have had this novel on my “to read list” for a while, but I was holding out on reading it until the New Year and now have to cope with not having any new material to read by the author until she publishes a new piece.
If you looked at my previous reviews of her work, you will have guessed that I am a fan of the author.
I have to admit though that although I still think it is a 4* rating, it was not my favourite of the bunch (Sorry, but for me nothing will beat “Attachments” :)), however since we are here, let’s talk about “Landline” which is a pretty good read, but don’t just take my word for it :).
When I first laid eyes on the cover of I could not guess what the premise of the novel would be about but after reading the novel, I find the cover and the title quite fitting.
Here’s a quick summary of “Landline”: the story centres around Georgie a high flying executive who is a script writer on a TV show. She is very passionate about her career and is married to stay at home dad Neal who is looking after their 2 young daughters. The Christmas holidays are coming up and the family plans to go and visit Neal’s in-laws until Georgie’s stays behind choosing work commitments over a well-deserved family holiday. Wrong decision??
Well, we could argue until the cows come home about this one, however what is more interesting is what made Georgie come to her senses.
A phone that calls into the past!!! Yep!!
I don’t want to lose you there but I do think that this is the unusual paranormal element used by the author which seems to be a new thing for her, that made me like this novel a little less than the others.
That said, the novel actually works really well with this added element and it kind of holds it together!! Ok, I did wonder at some point, is it a metaphor used suggesting that Georgie has completely lost it?! But then, some parts of the text suggested that the phone really called into the past. Yes…it really did.
All in all, this is a nice entertaining story, that hardcore fans of the author will enjoy and is also a nice introduction to her work if you have not read her before.
So, if you had a phone that called into the past, who would you call? And what would you do?
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