Thursday, December 18, 2014
Info: St. Martin's Press, copyright 2014, 310 pages
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been 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 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?
Oh Rainbow Rowell. Sweet, talented, romantic Rainbow Rowell. Some author's are just a joy to read, especially when they're really, really good at what they do. Rowell's writing is almost poetry. It's beautiful getting to experience the way she puts words together.
Georgie is a hard working, quick witted, powerhouse of a woman. She takes what she wants. She makes plans, dreams big, and goes after the impossible. She's definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Neal is a bit of a curmudgeon. He rarely smiles, doesn't laugh, and has an intense way of seeing and feeling everything.
They're opposite, but somehow they work.
The time altering elements reminded me a lot of The Lake House. Neal is no Keanu Reeves (sigh...) but the plot element was just enough, not overwhelming and not overdone. I wanted to give the book 5 stars. I really, really did, but I just couldn't. Georgie was a bit whiny at times, understandable so, but whiny starts to grate on my nerves after awhile.
And then there was the relationship woes. Neal has cause to be mad. Their lives have revolved around Georgie and her career since the beginning of the relationship. Neal gives, Georgie takes. But Neal made me mad as well. He chose the life he's living. He could do something, be somebody, but he has chosen not to. He has chosen not to make a life for himself away from Georgie. So some of the blame should rest on him and his lack of communication skills.
But they'll be better. And I like to believe they will in the fictional future that has been playing out in my head for them :)
Read this book. You'll love it.