Published September 2014
Series: Don Tillman #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Join everyone's favourite unconventional couple Don Tillman and Rosie in the next chapter of their love story
With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project . . .
As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly a prime example of marital happiness, and as his life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable Don needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as his practical expertise . . .
Don Tillmann is a genetics professor at Melbourne University and what outsiders would call socially inept… In fact, he is very much “suffering” from Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism that yields incredible intellectual skills, but also the inability to empathise and relate to feelings, and the very obsessive compulsion to live life in a very rational and scheduled way.
But since he met Rosie Jarman his life was pretty much turned upside down, and he fell in love with this quirky woman who is totally his opposites. After a year of marriage, Rosie drops an unexpected bomb on Don: they are expecting their first child. Clearly, the couple had spoken about “reproducing”, but it had never been “scheduled”. After an initial freak out, Don is committed to making this situation work, but he is plagued of the assessment that other people made of him, and which is that he would never be a good father…
First of all, please note that the Rosie Effect is the sequel to The Rosie Project and you definitely need to have read this book before moving on to the Rosie Effect. The Rosie Effect picks up exactly a year after The Rosie Project, which means one year into Rosie and Don’s marriage. They are now living in New York, and have made a few friends there, and seem to be living a good life and have learned to accept and deal with each others’ differences.
While I was anxious to read about Don becoming a father (and how he would cope with this completely new situation), I was fairly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong: Don was his usual quirky, charming and lovely self. But I have come to develop a strong distaste of Rosie. Indeed, Don is making huge progress with become more social, and with interpreting things like body language or sarcasm. Still, he is so enamored with Rosie that he drinks her every word. He is so afraid of doing things wrong that he believe everything she says.
And while Rosie is becoming more and more bitchy because of the pregnancy, she asks for more space and is obviously pushing him away. This comforts Don in his belief that he will never be a good father-figure. However, he is more interested in the pregnancy than other fathers-to-be (even though he likes to go into some unnerving technicalities, being the science geek that he is). He shows his interest in somewhat unconventional ways, so Rosie pushes him back. And finally, he respects her wish for space and never gets to touch her, sleep with her, or be intimate with her, even though he longs for it unconsciously.
While The Rosie Project was an endearing, funny and charming book, it’s sequel The Rosie Effect did not really cut it for me. I just couldn’t believe that the Rosie and Don we know from The Rosie Project would act that way, and I spent 80% of the book shaking my head because of the awfully unfair things that happen to Don, which he really doesn’t deserve…
It’s not a total fail, because there are some fun scenes and Don is his charming self, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up getting frustrated because of Rosie and all the unnecessary drama.
|All the feels|