Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
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.
This insomniac's opinion:
You know those novels that sweep you off your feet with their delightful uniqueness and you can't stop thinking about them for days? This is one of those, folks!
I picked this novel up from the library on a whim and am so glad that I did! The cover is not one that would typically dray me in and the author isn't someone that I am familiar with, so this book could've easily been bypassed by me. That would've been a great, great shame.
Don's character was just full-on quirky wonderfulness. I quickly fell in love with him and Rosie and together they were just delightful. The writing is unique and the story moves along very quickly. Don is a character that I will never forget and this is, perhaps, one of my favorite unlikely love stories ever.
Worth staying up all night to read?