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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (30 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140915212X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409152125
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.3 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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Best for a romantic break ... Rom-com fans will lap it up. (GRAZIA)

I was completely knocked sideway by how good Landline is. (Alison Flood THE BOOKSELLER)

This clever romantic comedy is perfect company for a stretch on the beach. (GLAMOUR)

This is a great journey book, as Georgie fumbles about finding herself and what she and Neal need to stay together. I recommend this to anybody for a fun summer read (even though it is set at Christmas!), and I really enjoyed the ups and downs of Georgie's Christmas turmoil. (THE GUARDIAN ONLINE)

Landline's premise is fairly simple: given the chance to change a small aspect of the past, would you? But there's so much more. Rowell's way with dialogue is amazing (and useful, given that most of the book consists of telephone conversations). Neal's mother, only ever a presence on the other end of the line, is as well realised as any of the characters we get to 'see'. Landline is great on the complexities of adult relationships too, showing how a search for balance can be what love is made of and how a thousand tiny compromises mean more than the grandest romantic gesture (EMERALD STREET)

If you could talk to someone in the past in order to influence the future, would you? That's the idea behind Rainbow Rowell's clever new book. (WOMAN)

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The captivating, quirky and heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK

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Like most of Rainbow Rowell’s books, Landline was a quirky and entertaining spin on a love story. I feel as if it is a very relatable read for any of us who have ever gone through rocky times in our marriage or been close to people having marital problems. It also talked about how much of or past we are willing to change to ensure our future.

I found this an incredibly enjoyable read. Rowell has an immense power to submerge her readers, to make us feel included in her worlds and to make us worry and feel for her characters.

In all honesty I do not enjoy romance novels all that much, but hers are an exception.

As for the book as an object/product: I definitely recommend buying it. The cover design is absolutely beautiful. It is really simple, but looks really nice on my bookshelf.

(I bought the paperback edition, in case you were wondering)
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Format: Hardcover
Landline wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I expected this to be a romantic young adult book but what I got was a lesson in life and in love. This story is written from the perspective of Georgie McCool, a thirty-something woman who is married with two children. She's busy trying to make it as the script writer for a major Television show but in the meantime she's let her family life slide. It's nearing Christmas day in 2013 and Georgie finally gets the call that she, and her partner (and best friend) Seth, have been waiting for. A major television producer wants their show. The problem is, this means Georgie has got a week to whip up four episodes worth of content, during which time she's supposed to be celebrating Christmas in Omaha with Neal, her husband, and his family in Omaha. She tells Neal that she can't go and to her surprise, he takes the kids and leaves without her. Thinking she's really blown it this time, Georgie ends up back in the comfort of her childhood home, but when she calls Neal from her old telephone, it's not her Neal that picks up, but a Neal from twenty years ago. Georgie has somehow managed to communicate with her husband from the past, but is unsure of what she should do with this power.

Although this story sounds like it is mainly about Georgie being glued to a phone that is somehow connected to the past, that's not what this book is about at all. Now thinking about it, this book is very simple. It basically details the antics of Georgie McCool from December 17th through to Christmas Day. Taking place over a mere nine days, I feel like I've lived a lifetime with Georgie. Rowell has seamlessly weaved bits from the past into a story that takes place in the present in such a way that you don't even realise it's happening.
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By Laura Patricia Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2014
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When an unmissable opportunity comes up for Georgie at work to work on a sitcom over Christmas, she decides to stay and work to the deadline hoping that Neal will say that they will have Christmas in Los Angeles instead of going to Omaha. But when Neal still insists they are going to Omaha, Georgie is crushed. And despite knowing that her marriage is in trouble she still lets Neal go. Then with Neal refusing to answer her calls, Georgie ends up staying at her Mum’s house and using the old yellow Landline in her room to call Neal. What she actually ends up finding is a way to connect with him in the past. Is this an opportunity and a second chance at love...?

I really liked the idea of Landline and Georgie connecting with Neal in the past. I did figure out the meaning behind it about half way through, but that didn’t spoil the story for me, I had just managed to get so involved with Georgie’s character that things started to click into place.

I also really enjoyed the flashbacks in Georgie and Neal’s past when they were younger and loved reading about how they met and got married. Although the relationship between Georgie and Neal seemed unusual there was something raw and honest about it that I had also liked in Eleanor and Park.

I liked the quick fire dialogue in this, it keeps you reading on and actually makes for compelling

I NEED a yellow landline phone now and I did actually go on amazon and see if I could get one, but no such luck.

Although Landline was great, my heart still belongs to Eleanor and Park, that is still my favourite read from Rainbow.

A compelling story that makes you appreciate the ones that you love.
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Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell and after hearing so many great things about her as an author I couldn't wait to get started.

Georgie loves her job, she has been working hard all her life to achieve success writing scripts in her television job. She has been finding it hard juggling her career with her family life, her husband Neal and two children are beginning to suffer.

Neal takes the children to his mothers for Christmas in Nebraska something that Georgie didn't think he would do. She is on the verge of producing her show and she cannot give up the opportunity, she thought Neal would understand and stay, but as he says they have paid for the tickets. Georgie begins to wonder if she has made the right choice, is her marriage over?

Georgie has practically moved back home with her mum, things are made worse when her family keep assuming Neal has left her, he hasn't has he? She begins to doubt herself and wonders if the job was really worth it. Georgie begins to not keep up with her work, she has to though, isn't this what got her into this mess in the beginning?

Georgie uses the landline in her bedroom to call Neal to make sure he is o.k but things are not as they seem. Neal is Neal but in the 80's how can this be happening? And Why? What does this all mean? Can Georgie work it out and save her marriage before it is too late?

The secondary characters in the story are just as interesting as the main ones, I particularly enjoyed reading about Heather, Georgies sister, I found she bought humor to the novel and I felt like I knew her by the end of it as her character was so well developed. I had the same feeling about Seth Georgies life long friend and colleague.
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