Narrator Don Tillman 39, Melbourne genetics prof and Gregory Peck lookalike, sets a 16-page questionnaire The Wife Project to find a non-smoker, non-drinker ideal match. But Rosie and her Father Project supersede. The spontaneous always-late smoker-drinker wants to find her biological father. She resets his clock, throws off his schedule, and turns his life topsy-turvy.
Who doesn’t love an Aussie book when written cleverly and witty that you sometimes forget three things:
A) It’s a romance book
B) It is written by a man
C) It’s his debut novel and sold in over twenty countries and has a protagonist who doesn’t know he is getting married.
Welcome to The Wife Project which all starts with Professor Don Tillman and his questionnaire designed to find a suitable partner. Don is a genetic professor and thinks a thorough questionnaire will find him the perfect wife. He gets the idea one night after holding a lecture for Asperger children and their parents to educate themselves about the syndrome.
The reason for the project is simple. He knows he lacks social skills, he’s set on his schedule and he’s very particular about things. He only has a couple of friends, husband and wife Gene and Claudia, whose marriage is what he wants so he hopes to find the perfect wife through the questionnaire which he has meticulously written … but theory doesn’t always work the same in real life.
Human error doesn’t take into account how people will be in real life and after a few tries at different things he has learnt new skills and had a few revelations about himself but still has no suitable prospect for his project. Then Gene throws in a wildcard to Don’s project since Gene wants to help out his friend as he understands the parameters of the project and because he has his own project going—which is totally crass. Rosie is a PhD student who doesn’t fit the perfect wife mold that Don thinks he wants. She smokes and drinks a lot—something which Don definitely doesn’t want in a wife. Don is puzzled why Gene would introduce them until he hears her story about not knowing who her father is and saddled with a stepdad who is buying her off to make up for his lack of time for her. Don feels a connection towards Rosie as his parents were the same and never recognised him the same way as his brother and sister.
The two agree to help each and the hilarity ensues as this charming bumbling hero and confident heroine forge their way through their common problems whilst discovering there is more to what is on the surface.
I loved how the character of Don is treated. His quirky personality enhances rather than degrades him and treats him like rubbish. This what makes the book witty and cleverly written because it is not just a romance book. This charming story has a science element because several of the main characters hold jobs in the science field. The author has cleverly assimilated these elements into the book and the result is this wonderful read that will appeal to more than romance fans. It a very light hearted book that looks from a clueless male’s perspective and I give it 5 couples
Pubisher : Text Publishing
Source : Publicist
Released : January 30th 2013