Read between: 2nd-6th April 2020
Published: July 30th, 2015
Synopsis: 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 besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides 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?
Review: This is the first adult contemporary from Rainbow Rowell that I have read, and her writing style is still so beautiful and I really enjoyed it. I think one of the main reasons I liked it is because Georgie is going through some emotional turmoil, but instead of moping around, she tries to focus on her work and her family instead.
All of the characters in this book have backstories, and it was good to get to know not just Georgie, but also her husband, her mother, her sister, and her best friend. The more I read the more I felt like I actually knew them.
It all starts when Georgie stays behind in LA to work, and Neal takes the children to his mother’s in Omaha. They keep missing each others calls, and its hard. So when Georgie realises she can call his landline from an old phone in her old bedroom she takes the opportunity.
And she gets through to him- but not her Neal, Neal from 1998. What she says to him could change her current life. Does she risk it?
The idea of a magic phone was interesting, but sometimes it let the story down because to start with, Georgie spoke to him like he was in the same time and nearly spoiled things for him- thankfully that didn’t happen.
But she got so close!
There was a lot more going on in the story than just the phone conversation and I think this is why I enjoyed it a lot more. The reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because her friend, Seth, had no boundaries and could be really mean to her.
I loved the ending.
It worked out so well, as I was really worried it wasn’t. But it’s Rainbow, and she never has a sad ending.
Another great book from Rainbow Rowell.
Thanks for reading!