The Rosie Project (2013) by Graeme Simsion is the answer to anyone who has searched for their ideal mate, the person who is perfect on paper, and discovered that someone who meets all of our requirements may not be perfect for us, and won’t light the spark of romance.
Don Tillman is a charming yet socially inept and emotionally stunted genetics professor who is on a quest. Motivated by the comment of an acquaintance that he would make a “wonderful” husband, despite his belief that he is incapable of romantic involvement, he embarks on the task of creating a questionnaire designed to screen potential mates. One of a handful of friends, who lies at the other end of the spectrum from Professor Tillman and cheats at the game of love, sends him a graduate student named Rosie Jarman as a joke, an obviously inappropriate candidate for Tillman’s Wife Project.
The professor pauses in his work to help Rosie locate her biological father, and in the process learns more about true love than any research can accomplish. This debut promises all of the charm and humor demanded of a quality romantic comedy.