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Review: 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion

It's my pleasure to have read and now review a novel far from my usual confines of the noir genre. "The Rosie Project," Graeme Simsion's debut novel is a bright romantic comedy that will appeal to readers both male and female. It's lighthearted without ever being silly while it deals with a topic to which we can all relate: romantic love.

Don Tillman is the story's protagonist, a professor of genetics who also happens to be a single male who happens to have determined it is the appropriate time in his life to find a wife. Tillman, a man of science rather than of chance, decides that dating in the traditional manner is a waste of valuable time that may or may not result in finding an appropriate mate.

This man who schedules everything in his life down to the last details -- including exactly how long it takes to clean his bathroom -- develops a multi-page questionnaire to give to any single females who may be shopping for a male partner. Tillman calls his questionnaire and its distribution the Wife Project.

Life has a way of throwing curve balls to even the most serious of plans. In Tillman's case, that curve ball comes in the form of one unconventional, physically attractive and decidedly not wife material named Rosie.

It's amusing and heartwarming and sometimes a bit heart-wrenching to follow the development of Don and Rosie's partnership in yet another project, the Father Project. Rosie is searching for her biological father whose identity is unknown to her. Tillman as the genetic scientist takes on this unofficial quest with his knowledge of DNA and access to the needed equipment at the Australian university where he works.

I can't give away the ending, of course, but just let me say that the ride of the read is worth the journey.

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MelissaE wrote on March 31, 2015, 5:45 PM

It sounds like a great getaway read. I may just have to check it out.

Feisty56 wrote on March 31, 2015, 6:07 PM

It was refreshing, I found. The characters are quirky enough to be real folks.

Ellis wrote on March 31, 2015, 6:13 PM

Who ever cleans their bathroom? It would lose all its

Feisty56 wrote on March 31, 2015, 6:36 PM

Ah, you bring a smile to my face every time. : ) I bet the missus would not agree with your assessment for the need of bathroom cleaning.

msiduri wrote on March 31, 2015, 8:11 PM

This is not my genre, but I enjoyed your review. Thank you.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 1, 2015, 4:11 PM

Sounds like it has all the makings of a good romantic comedy.

Feisty56 wrote on April 1, 2015, 7:42 PM

Romantic comedy is not generally something I read, either, but a friend recommended this one to me as a mood lifter. Thanks for reading the review.

Feisty56 wrote on April 1, 2015, 7:51 PM

It was cute, I thought. Tillman, the protagonist, reminded me of some of the quirkiness of those guys from "The Big Bang Theory."

AliCanary wrote on April 3, 2015, 8:34 AM

Sounds like a fun read...the Wife Project, indeed! I'm glad my spouse and I got together more organically, lol

j2jworkz wrote on April 3, 2015, 6:27 PM

Sounds like a humorous and interesting read.

Feisty56 wrote on April 3, 2015, 11:23 PM

Despite his best efforts, the book's protagonist learns the hard way that finding a romantic partner requires more than answers to a questionnaire. Thank goodness -- or maybe people would jump on the band wagon, taking all the joy out of romance.

Feisty56 wrote on April 3, 2015, 11:24 PM

It was fun. Thankfully there were no cloying romance scenes, lol.

paigea wrote on April 4, 2015, 10:41 AM

That is a great review and does sound like a book I would love to read,

valmnz wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:13 PM

This one definitely sounds like fun - I'm in danger of adding yet another to my unread Kindle books.

iwrite28 wrote on May 10, 2015, 1:36 PM

The Rosie Project has been on my Amazon wishlist for over a year now!

seren3 wrote on May 17, 2015, 5:31 PM

Feisty56 This sounds intriguing! Glad I caught this today!