Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
I enjoyed this book. It's a cute and charming story about two very different people who come together to form a relationship, and in the process they discover that maybe they're not quite as different as they think. Don is presented as a rather inflexible guy (possibly autistic?), while Rosie is the quintessential free spirit; however, Don makes a concerted effort to loosen up and step out of his comfort zone, and Rosie has several preconceived notions of her own that prevent her from moving forward in her life. While a "happy ending" is a bit of a foregone conclusion in light of the sequel, this was an enjoyable and interesting story that still provided plenty of topics for discussion for the book club.