Series: Don Tillman #1
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
“Humans often fail to see what is close to them and obvious to others.”
Professor Don Tillman is a man that lives his life based off logic and facts, not emotions. He may (or may not) have Aspergers and this constantly leads to being a hazard in any social engagement. He can easily be compared to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and Melvin from As Good As It Gets. He is awkward, honest to a fault, and completely out of his element when it comes to love and dating. He decides to embark on “The Wife Project” and this is how he meets Rosie.
“And it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept, but to find someone who might accept me.”
Rosie smokes, drinks, swears, and constantly has Don pushing the limits of his own comfort. In a nutshell, Rosie is everything Don is trying to avoid. Instead of keeping her around as a potential wife, Don embarks on a relationship with Rosie that centers on her quest to find her biological father: i.e. the “The Rosie Project”. With Don’s expertise in genetics and Rosie’s expertise in life, they form a friendship that has Don breaking all of his own rules and questioning his logic when it comes to the “Wife Project”.
“It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.”
The Rosie Project has been on my TBR for a while now and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read this story! It was delightfully charming, funny, and quirky! Don was endearing despite his many social faux pas and Rosie was a force of nature that really challenged who Don thought he is and what he wanted. I loved watching them grow in this relationship that was not only comical but very, very sweet. This is one of those books that show you that despite your lot in life, everyone is capable and deserving of love. By the end I had tears in my eyes, a smile on my face and hope in my heart. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel, The Rosie Effect!