I have so many things to say not just about this book but also about the entire Rosie series – or maybe, the Don Tillman series – so bear with me. I was incredibly excited to see The Rosie Result was out this past summer – I bought it the next day. I couldn’t wait to read it as I remembered finding The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect so lovely and delightful. I had forgotten just how much I loved them but The Rosie Result was a great reminder! There will be a couple spoilers in here about the first two books so if you haven’t read them, stop reading and rush to the bookstore or wherever you buy your books!
The series started with The Rosie Project, which was published a few years ago. It’s about a man named Don Tillman, a professor who builds his life around projects. He decides to embark on The Wife Project and hilarity and heart ensure. His colleague and best friend introduces him to Rosie and the rest is history so they say. It’s an absolutely charming story – Rosie is exactly the opposite person that you can imagine would be perfect for Don but she is exactly what he needs. She disturbs his perfectly scheduled life, he does things he’d never imagined and spoiler alert, they fall in love. It’s funny, charming, lovely and such a happy book, which everyone needs sometimes. I found myself smiling and laughing throughout it.
The Rosie Effect followed it and the reader goes with Rosie and Don to New York City for a new teaching role and for Rosie to continue her education. I have to tell you the following to tell you about the third book – Rosie gets pregnant and it’s an entirely new situation for both of them and they are looking at the situation from completely different perspectives which leads to Don very worried about his relationship. And from there, hijinks ensue! The Rosie Effect was completely charming and it was so fun to follow Rosie and Don’s adventures. Some favourite characters came along and some great new ones got introduced and through it all, Don grows as a person.
The Rosie Result in story terms comes 11 years after The Rosie Effect– there was a gap in publishing that felt that long but was only a few years. Their son, Hudson, is 11 years old and they are back in Australia for Rosie’s new job. Hudson is very much a product of his parents, so much Don but I saw Rosie in him too. And he encounters some difficulties at his new school. Don being Don, applies methodical project like thinking to the situation and the results are heartwarming and hilarious. This book felt a little bit like a gift to me, as I didn’t realize I missed Rosie and Don. It’s a strange thing of mine that I love book characters and really love it when they recur. I guess I hadn’t realized there would be a third book. It has so much heart in it, so much love and just so much delight.
These three books while being so charming and delightful also have such great messages about being who you are, believing in yourself and sometimes, letting yourself go. Rosie, Don and the cast of characters are fantastic, heroes that I found myself routinely cheering for (with a few exceptions, they were the villains). I enjoyed these books so much and after reading The Rosie Result, I went back and reread The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. I’ll certainly visit all three again and I would say if you haven’t met them yet and are looking for a delightful and funny read, look for The Rosie Project and get started!