Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Rating: Fantastic 5/5
THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE
MEET DON TILLMAN, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.
Don Tillman is a brilliant and unusual man who approaches life with rigidness and repetition, and goes to extremes to make sure that his life is simple, neat and orderly. He memorizes seven extravagant meals down to the very teaspoon of every spice, and does not waver from this routine. He has very few friends, but what friends he does have are loyal and loving towards, Don, But his friends have their their own foibles that adds a colorful flavor to this book.
Take for example, Don’s friend Gene who is the head of the Psychology Department. His current project is to “have sex with women of as many different nationalities as possible.” Don sees nothing wrong with this because he firmly believes it is a project that Gene would be sincerely interested in, (all in the name of academia of course) since it is regarding human sexual attraction. However, Gene is married. But from Don’s perspective it is an open marriage and believes that the couple have no issues regarding this lifestyle. Gene’s wife Claudia is a psychologist as well. It was difficult to ascertain during the book, whether or not Claudia was totally on board with this project. So, Don has a total of 2 friends. He had another friend, Daphne. I came to absolutely adore his and Daphne’s relationship. It was very sweet. You will love to read that part.
Don has Asperger’s, although he does not or maybe is too busy to acknowledge that he has this syndrome. At one point he was forced to volunteer to watch a classroom of students with Asperger’s. Don failed to make the connection.
This is just one of the many scenes of the book that just did it for me.
Don is “thirty nine years old, tall, and intelligent, with a relatively high status and above-average income as an associate professor.” And he believes it is time for him to find a mate. Don is very fit by the way and exercises regularly and studies aikido. He states that, “Logically, I should be attractive to a wide range of women. In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing.” Statements like these made me want to hug him and makes me think that he is very much the looker.
He was quite vexed at the fact that he has the inability to make friends easily, and very uneasy at pursuing a romantic relationship. The Apricot Ice Cream was a good example. He is a brilliant scientist with firm beliefs; but can’t seem to say the right things, and certainly does not know when to refrain from keeping his mouth shut when the situations calls for it. I really felt awful for Don, and in this respect, this book really hooked me in. Empathy. The author does a wonderful job of extracting that emotion from the reader when it comes to Don.
Don would be the type of man that could drive you crazy, but he certainly wouldn’t be boring. And although Don, in the beginning is comfortable with his strict regiment, I couldn’t help but feel awful at having to live a life so strictly controlled. Don has little room for modification when it comes to living his life.
Because of this, he comes up with a brilliant plan to find his perfect mate and possible wife. He concocts a
brilliant questionnaire. Height, weight, body mass index (which Don cannot help but estimate everyone’s BMI), do you like kidney beans?, STD, non-smoker, drink much? Do you arrive to events early/late? He would then utilize matchmaking organizations and when he got lucky, he presented the questionnaire. Many unsuccessful scenarios later, and the project does not seem fruitful, and Don starts to lose hope. But another project seems to have taken precedence.
Along comes Rosie. She is in need of Don’s services, but in a completely different matter; she wants to find her real father. Through their adventures, Rosie eventually becomes friend number 3. She is completely unsuitable as a wife candidate and Don tells her so and many times in a quipped and harsh way; but Rosie takes it in stride. She’s always late, she drinks, she makes Don do things that he normally does not do. She makes him waver from his strict and uncompromising ways and Don realizes that he is actually enjoying himself.
They are opposites in every way.
But as they team together to try and find an answer for Rosie, somewhere along the way, she became important to him.
This was a seriously hilarious and uplifting story, both comical and romantic. This would make a fantastic play or movie, and in the event this occurs, I hope I will be there to see it. The ending really gets you and it’s not for me to tell. Read the book. You won’t forget it, and you will likely come back to re-read it.
With over 25,000 4-5 star rating , 5000+ reviews on Goodreads, it really didn’t need another. But I wanted to share with you to tell you how much I really loved this author’s work.
About the Author as noted in his website:
Briefly Graeme Simsion is:
A writer of screenplays, short stories, novels and a couple of short plays
An occasional producer of films – primarily those for which I am screenwriter
Formerly an IT specialist (data modeling) and founder of a business and IT consultancy
Helped establish two other businesses: Roy’s Antiques and Pinot Now
Husband of Anne Buist and father of two.
Resident in Fitzroy (Melbourne) Australia
A fragmented cv… Beyond the Duck
If you’ve found yourself here because you’re writing an article about “The Rosie Project”, or perhaps something else I’ve done, and would like to know a bit more about me, then thank you. If you’re just curious, thanks for your interest!
Yes, it’s true that I once gave a conference presentation dressed as a duck. And for good reason, really (I wanted to attract people to a dry topic). But it was a long time ago. And it’s become the most commonly cited “interesting fact” about me.
So, in the hope that I may eventually be remembered for something other than the duck story, here are a few other things I’ve done…
Wrote, produced and acted in a feature film – Voluntary Act - and packed the Kino Theatre for its first and only showing. It was deservedly buried after that, but was the spark that got me interested in a writing career.
Asked Peter Sarsdedt to record a special version of Where do you go to My Lovely for my partner, replacing the bit about being in between twenty and thirty… (Which he graciously did – thank you) [This is the ‘romantic’ credential)
Led a packed hall of chartered accountants in community singing – with feeling. (The duck story had set expectations).
Walked the Chemin de St Jacques / Camino de Santiago / Way of St James 2,000 km from Tramayes, France to Santiago with my wife. Life changing.
Drunk 99 year old champagne from the wreck of the Jonkoping. (Celebrating my friend Roy the Antique Dealer’s 50th). I like wine quite a lot and helped start a small wine business with a friend, but that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Eaten at El Bulli. And twice at Robuchon when it was rated best restaurant in the world. See preceding point. It must have been the 80s…
Shared above three events with erotic fiction writer Simone Sinna (who, under other names, is a Professor of psychiatry and my wife).
Edited three novels and three novellas of erotic female fiction including MFM paranormal. (See previous).
Driven a 1962 Kombi around Australia. A long time ago. But I’ve travelled quite a bit, a lot of it doing seminars on consulting skill and data modeling.
For many years drove a 1958 Porsche. Now own a 1992 911 which I never drive. See reference to erotic fiction writer above. See earlier reference to 1980s – it was the end of the boom and conspicuous consumption.
Failed my Feature Film subject (the first time) at RMIT. “DNS: Did not submit.” The reference is to the project, not my attitude, but… Still a student of writing and editing there.
Did a PhD after I sold my business – feel free to address me as Doctor. Or not. Still less qualified than partner WHO IS A CHRONIC OVERACHIEVER.
Built a consulting business – Simsion Bowles & Associates – to some 70 staff in three cities – sold in 1999. A big chunk of my life – my ‘day job’ before I began writing. Ultimately successful but a lot of bumps along the way.
Career highlight: facilitating at the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Australia 2020 Summit.
Played harmonica with a band, publicly. (Thanks serious musicians including Data Modelling co-author Graham Witt, for seeing me through).
Wrote and produced Charles (“Bud”) Tingwell’s last film – a short titled The Last Bottle with Genevieve Picot that has appeared on ABC TV.
Ran Canberra marathon at an age when I should have known better, with almost fatal results. Wrote a short story about it.
Got my amateur radio licence at 15, in keeping with the type of kid I was at the time. (Not entirely dissimilar to the young Don Tillman but without the martial arts)
Born in New Zealand. Father British. Naturalised Australian. Accent is occasionally spotted.
Written one of the most popular books (possibly the most popular) on data modelling. Data Modeling Essentials – Morgan Kaufmann.
Written one of the least popular books (but deep and rigorous) on data modelling. Thanks to Technics (Steve Hoberman) for publishing.
Held an o-1 Visa for USA – Alien of Extraordinary Abilities. As held by Don Tillman. Not as an author – a data modeller.
Nerd fact: My (Kevin) Bacon number is 4 – Self – Dominique Simsion (Voluntary Act) – Beth Child (Push Up) – Meryl Streep (Evil Angels) – Kevin Bacon (The River Wild)
My Erdos number is 4: Self – Daniel Moody – Amotz Bar-noy – Nathan Linial – Paul Erdos ….
… which gives me the (rare) Erdos-Bacon number of 8. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have 6s. Partner also 8. Of course.
Title: Revealing Gabby (Finding Perfect #2)
Author: Amy Gregory
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Cover Design: The Killion Group, Inc.
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.
Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.
Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.
Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.
About the Author
When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Genre: Contemporary and Historical Romance
Date of Publication: 2010
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Book Description: In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.
Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.
But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…
Gah!! It’s been forever since I wrote a review. So I’m currently trying to catch up. I’ve been reading but that irritating thing called life keeps getting in the damn way! I finished The Winter Sea several weeks ago and couldn’t wait to write my thoughts down. Many of you may have already read it since it’s been several years that this book has been published and released. I loved it. But there were certain parts I wanted to scream at my device. The ending was completely frustrating for me, but I can’t have my own subjective views regarding the ending decrease the overall rating of the book. I didn’t like how Gone with the Wind ended, but do you see me giving that less than the deserved 5+ stars? Nope. So I won’t go there.
The overall premise of the book of an extremely successful author that can jet set to where ever she likes on a moments notice, in order to satisfy her literary inspiration, is what makes fiction worth reading. She was
“thirty-one, with four bestselling novels to my credit and the freedom to live anywhere and anyhow, I chose.”
I want to be that lady.
I want to be that author that gets to experience love in two different time periods. The one that has scores of men falling over themselves to offer a tour of the town. But I don’t want to be that fictional author that writes about her fictional ancestor, Sophia, who to me was just completely flawed. She was too fragile, too innocent, and just too blah. What she did in the end made me angry. As Carrie writes and researches her book, she begins to find that her writing resembles real life. She is inspired by a thought or a vision and becomes overly consumed with writing the piece that when she looks up from her laptop, the sun is rising. Coffee is mentioned a lot in this book.
The writing is beautiful as was the scenery. The historical aspects appeared concise, although I would not deem myself an expert on the Jacobite rising and rebellions, however, Gabaldon is a favorite so I do have some background knowledge. One-sided it may be, that side being Jamie Again this is fiction, but with any well written historical fiction it is still essential to have accuracy with regards to background and historical figures. And that it why I love them so much, because you learn about other places and other times, other languages. The Doric language pulled me in and I found myself wanting to try it. Can you imagine, this little Asian girl speaking the Doric? I could be on a reality show over here!
So to that end, enjoy the beauty of the dialect below, cause it frigging rocks. (There were other great educational how-to-speak Doric videos, but they were just downright boring)
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Cover Design: R. Doyle from Literati Author Services, Inc.
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
We weren’t supposed to be friends. We weren’t even supposed to like each other.
I’m Michael Grath. I’ll admit I was elected to Congress on my Republican family history. I was out to make a name for myself, until I met Jessie Clark, a spitfire Democrat.
She’d be my nemesis, if I could just stop thinking about her. We’ve got nothing and everything in common, and one big issue that divides us. All of this is going to land us in more than one compromising position.
And like I said, we weren’t supposed to be friends, we weren’t even supposed to like each other, and we certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20426604-compromising-positions
About the Author
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
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