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Characters
Georgi McCool (Female), Television writer, Married, Mother, Know her marriage of 15 years is in trouble; her husband and kids travel to Omaha to spend time with his family during Christmas and she stays home; discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Love story
Romance
Topics
Troubled marriages
Husbands and wives
Christmas
Vacations
Time travel
Life choices
Career vs. family
Relationships
Setting
Los Angeles, California - West (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Georgie and Neal are on the brink of a major shift in their relationship. The last straw comes in the form of television writer -Georgie's "big break"-the opportunity for the show of her dreams to be greenlit, at the expense of spending Christmas with her family. When Neal takes their daughters on the annual family trip without her, Georgie realizes that this might indicate more than a holiday apart. As she struggles to repair her marriage with her husband in the present day, Georgie finds herself talking, through a magical rotary phone, to the very same man 15 years in the past, during the tumultuous week before he proposed. Is this a second chance to make their relationship stronger, or a way for Georgie not to marry Neal in the first place? Rowell (Eleanor & Park) hits all the right notes in this humorous, touching, and evocative novel. The supporting characters, including Georgie's mother who loves pugs, leisurewear, and her much younger pool boy-turned-husband, are all too relatable in their endearing eccentricity, and the dialog is as realistic as it is hilarious. Rebecca Lowman's narration deftly captures the pacing of this tale, and her impressive ability to portray distinct voices, from 22-year-old Neal to the couple's four-year-old daughter pretending to be a cat, enhances the listening experience. VERDICT This fantastic recording of an equally fantastic novel is highly recommended for all and essential for Rowell fans. ["Reading [Rowell's] work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories," read the starred review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ 5/1/14; for an interview with Rowell, see LibraryReads, p. 119.]-Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Rowell's touching romance has a supernatural twist, a telephonic portal that allows TV comedy writer Georgie to time travel back and forth from the present day to the period before she was married using a vintage rotary-dial telephone. Georgie and her husband, Neal, are struggling in their marriage at the beginning of the book. Georgie forgoes the family Christmas vacation to stay behind for work, while Neal, whose understated irritation is deftly implied by narrator Lowman, takes the planned trip with the kids. When Georgie can't reach Neal, she discovers a magic landline that allows her present-day self to talk to a younger, bachelor version of Neal. Lowman captures the sweetness and vulnerability of their college courtship; there are intimate moments, spoken slowly and seductively, that are lovely and voyeuristic, including the couple's first kiss. When Georgie coos Neal's name, the heat is tangible. Lowman nimbly distinguishes between her women characters, capturing their confidence and quirkiness. Neal's voice can be flat and is less appealing, but he isn't supposed to be as charismatic as Georgie. Fans will enjoy this fresh take on the time warp. A St. Martin's hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorTwo days before they're supposed to visit his family in Omaha for Christmas, TV writer Georgie McCool tells her husband, Neal, that she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows Neal will be upset -- but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. Is this an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . . or should it never have happened?
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