Author: Graeme Simsion
Series: Don Tillman, #1
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who has everything in his life planned out. Rigidly fastidious, any variation in his routine throws his mind into a frenzy. Understanding his own high demands, Don composes a sixteen-page survey to find the perfect wife. With date and after date falling short of the requirements, it quickly becomes clear that completing The Wife Project may be impossible. Then Rosie Jarman enters his life, a completely unsuitable potential mate who turns his world upside down. Helping her with her own search, Don finds himself enjoying life more and more with Rosie in it.
“His behavior is completely predicable. You don’t have his genes. Male lions kill the cubs from previous matings when they take over a pride.”
“Thanks for that information.”
“I can recommend some further reading if you are interested. You seem quite intelligent for a barmaid.”
“The compliments just keep on coming.”
Don is an extremely socially inept individual, but you can’t help but love him. His numerous faux pas are laugh-out-loud funny, but at the same time work to highlight the different mind-set Don has. I loved seeing Rosie break his routine and even more that he didn’t realize what a monumental accomplishment it was.
My heart ached for Rosie on numerous occasions. She struggles to find that balance between not needing to know who her real father is in order to define her own identity and needing to know as a result of the difficulties she has with the man she thought was her father. Then there is her relationship with Don. She cares about him and loves spending time with him, but that moment when she believes he simply can’t feel the same way about her is heartbreaking.
I felt a little like Don myself while reading this book. It’s a good book, but that emotional pull is missing. I would have liked to have read about Rosie and Phil’s relationship more, perhaps seeing them interact. Don’s relationship with his family is rather distant, but the one phone call isn’t enough to bring them to life. And while it’s implied that Don may have Asperger’s syndrome at the beginning, this storyline is never tied up which would have made the book more complete.