Would you go back in time and change something?

About a year ago, my sister told me I needed to check out this columnist for the Omaha 18081809World Herald who has written her first book.  That started my love affair with Rainbow Rowell.  I love the way she writes.  Her characters are interesting and her storylines pull the readers into the story.  I think I also like Rainbow because she worked at a newspaper, like I did in college.  Sometimes I feel like we have gone on the same type of path, except I haven’t written any wonderful books.

I really enjoyed reading Landline and pretty much read it in one day.  Georgie and Seth have been writing partners for almost 20 years, since college.  Georgie and her husband, Neal, met in college and have been married for 14 years.  Seth and Georgie get the opportunity to write their own TV pilot but they have to write four episodes over the Christmas holiday, which means Georgie can’t go to Omaha with Neal and their girls to spend the holidays with his Mom.  So Neal leaves with the girls and goes home without really saying good-bye.

According to Georgie, they have always had issues in their marriage.  They stayed in California so Georgie could write for TV shows.  Neal took a job that he hated.  Once they had their first child, Neal quit his job and became a stay-at-home Dad.  Neal doesn’t seem happy with the situation. Neal is a fantastic cartoonist but doesn’t use his talents as a job, he considers it a hobby.  He draws all over the walls of their home, beautiful illustrations.

The TV studio is near Georgie’s Mom’s house so she starts crashing there instead of going home to an empty house.  Every time she calls Neal on his cell phone he never answers, either it goes to voicemail or someone else answers.  So Georgie calling landline to landline and gets a hold of Neal.  Neal on the other end of the landline is the Neal from college.  This is the Neal the Christmas she thought he broke up with her but instead showed up on Christmas Eve and proposed.

The big question is, did this really happen in real life?  Did she actually have long conversations on the phone or was it a week of silence?  Talking to the old Neal, is she going to blow it and convince Neal he should break up with her for good causing their marriage to never happen.  If she does convince him, what happens to their little girls Alice and Noomi.  This book asks the big question, if you could go back and fix something in your past would you do it?  Georgie has to decide can she fix her marriage talking to the old Neal or will she ruin it.

I really enjoyed Georgie’s family life with her Mom, way too young Father-in-law and her sister Heather who is 18.  There is humor in this book that will make you smile and a little bit of crazy.  But I never got mad while reading it.  I will say, her college days reminded me of when I was working on the college newspaper in a really old building. That’s where I met my husband who was also on the newspaper staff.

Give this a read and if you haven’t read any other books by Rainbow, read them all, she is a wonderful and entertaining writer.

Book description:
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 Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.  Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal 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 — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — 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?

Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat


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