A Love Letter to Landline

Dear Landline,

Landline, Landline, Landline… How much more can I possibly love you? After loving Rainbow Rowell’s previous books so, so much, you were the book I was most excited, but also the most nervous, to read. How could you possibly live up to my extremely high expectations? I don’t know, but you did. You exceeded them by miles (or should I say kilometres?).

Landline, you may be about a phone with a mystical connection to the past, but even with the element of magic you managed to hook me in so that you invaded my every thought. Seriously, who needs to wash and eat when they have you, Landline?

Also, you have the most loveable characters who I would really like to be my best friends. Is that possible? Can you work something out for me? Although I wanted to shake Georgie and tell her to sort herself out already, that was in a totally good way and proved to me that you can adore a novel without relating to, and even understanding, all of the characters. Neal, and the girls? I want them please!

You were so easy to read. I could concentrate on every single one of your words even though my phone was in my other hand and I was typing away.

I didn’t want you to end, couldn’t bear it when I turned the last page. Even when I had the story still lived on in my head. When it comes to books, I have issues with saying goodbye.

You made me think about whom I would ring if I could speak to someone again, about how important it is to just live and enjoy yourself, concentrating on the things that matter the most.

Landline, I don’t want to have to let go of you. I don’t want to forget about how much you mean to me, and how many memories you hold. You’re not just a book to me.

Thank you, Landline. Thank you for everything. Now, will you marry me, please?


You can listen to a sample of the Landline audiobook here:



  1. 28 July, 2014 / 7:00 am

    I loved this! After finishing Landline on Saturday, it has left a hole in my heart, and consumed me with happiness. Right now, it’s all I can think about.
    Couldn’t agree more about such lovable characters! xx
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  2. Laura
    28 July, 2014 / 9:18 am

    I’m so excited to read this. Intending to buy this and the miniaturist (which I’ve also heard good things about too!) on payday!

  3. 28 July, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    Haha, I love that last sentence! (and the rest of the whole letter) I still need to buy Landline and (most importantly) read it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the nerve to buy it while I was in England… half my suitcase was filled already with other books I bought (no kidding!).
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  4. Anya
    29 July, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    I loved this, I’m so glad you did too, even though you’re a bit young to relate to the whole marriage aspect! What an amazing letter, it really was a fantastic book 😀

  5. 30 July, 2014 / 4:00 am

    I’m currently reading Landline, and although it’s so different from Rowell’s earlier works (which is a good thing, I think, because that proves she can do anything), I’m loving it. And this letter was lovely! 🙂
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