Do you like Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory?” I love Sheldon, with his arrogant sureness that he is always right, with his regimented way of doing things, and with his casual put downs of his friends and enemies alike. But you know, if you read that list of characteristics and didn’t know who I was talking about, you might wonder if I was crazy for liking Sheldon at all. He sounds like a regular killjoy. How can anyone enjoy such a person? And yet, with Sheldon, to know him is to love him. His antics bring me great joy.
Don Tillman is like Sheldon, without physics and string theory and comic books. Instead, Don has genetics and cooking and a black belt in Aikido. Don also has Apserpers, but has no idea that he does. (The ironic humor of this strange gap in Don’s knowledge is a funny thread running throughout the book.) Don has had trouble finding a proper girlfriend. So many women start out to be promising, but then fail in one critical category. You see, Don has a list of requirements. The perfect girl will be punctual, logical, will not smoke, drink, or be a barmaid, among other things. Don develops a questionnaire, and he is going to find a proper girl to become his wife by screening those girls he dates. This looks like the perfect plan until Don meets Rosie Jarman. Rosie asks Don to help her locate her biological father by using his genetics knowledge. Rosie, who smokes, drinks, is a barmaid, and is never on time, is clearly not wife material, but Don is intrigued by her family quest. And soon, Don finds himself attracted to this unsuitable woman, thrown out of his comfort zone again and again and again by her unpredictable antics. Whatever is he to do? He is clearly stepping into the realm of madness, and can’t seem to stop, no matter how hard he tries.
This is a romantic comedy book, yet a very clever one. Don and Rosie are exact opposites, and yet together they become something more. Don shows himself to be one of the most romantic men on the planet as he struggles with how to deal with this enigma of a woman. Rosie is one lucky girl, and thankfully, she seems to know it. From the outside, Don might look like Sheldon…a regimented killjoy. This book shows his soft, gooey center, so that you can know and love him as Rosie comes to love him. Warm-hearted, funny, and very, very smartly written, this is a very enjoyable book, and soon to be followed by a second book titled “The Rosie Effect.”