2019 Book 133: THE ROSIE RESULT by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman Book 3) by Graeme Simsion
ISBN: 9781925773811 (hardcover – May 28, 2019)
ISBN: 9781925773828 (trade paperback – May 28, 2019)
ISBN: 9781925774580 (ebook – February 5, 2019)
ASIN: B07KRNFGJD (Kindle edition – May 28, 2019)
Publisher: Text Publishing

I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters and an ending that will have readers cheering for joy, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project.

We were first introduced to Rosie Jarman and Don Tillman in the delightful The Rosie Project. Rosie was a psychology doctoral student in search of her biological father and Don was a research professor in search of a wife. I won’t go into all of the amazing details of their relationship, but let’s just say it was fraught with comedic errors, mostly unintentional. By the end of the book, Don had proposed marriage and Rosie accepted. In the second book in this series, The Rosie Effect, Don and Rosie are living in the United States. Don is working in research at Columbia University and Rosie is finishing her doctorate and just entering medical school when she learns she’s pregnant. Again, errors of omission and commission occur and their relationship flounders for a while before they regain their footing and have their baby, a son named Hudson. 

Fast-forward eleven years and the Tillman family has moved back to Australia from New York City. Don has become embroiled in a racist stereotype brouhaha at his college, which was definitely not his intention, but in this era of social media and judge first and ask questions later, the school can’t be seen as insensitive. As a result of this incident, Don takes a sabbatical and decides to become the primary carer for his son. Rosie is also going through some political machinations at her job and feels torn between her responsibilities to her son and those of a job that she feels is important. Hudson, on the other hand, didn’t want to leave New York, is dealing with the death of a grandparent and also somewhat of a social outcast at his new school. Don sees parallels between Hudson’s school life and his own tortured school life and tries his best to provide advice, all the while avoiding a psychological diagnosis of Asperger’s, Autistic, or Neuro-atypical for his child. Don and Rosie are also working together to get a new business off the ground, a bar. Don is used to solving problems but is having difficulty solving the problems his son is facing, as well as facing the reality of his own possibly diagnosis of Asperger’s, along with new business woes, his wife’s job issues, and more. Can Don, Rosie, and Hudson successfully navigate a society that wants to diagnose and often ostracize anyone that is slightly different? 

The Rosie Result is the third book in the Don Tillman series by Graeme Simsion. I considered it to be a fast-paced and thoroughly engaging read. As with the previous books in this series, Mr. Simsion deals with relationship dynamics in a realistic manner, that is sometimes painful and sometimes quite humorous (just like life). I enjoyed getting to know Don’s family a bit better in this book, along with Rosie’s father. Don and Rosie’s friends from New York, Sonia and Dave along with their children, move to Australia for work. We even get to see the grown-up Carl and Eugenie, along with their parents Gene and Claudia. George the drummer even makes a token appearance. This story includes a wide variety of topics, including domestic violence, anti-vaxxers, the rights of children to medical care against parental wishes, well-meaning school personnel wishing to pigeon-hole children with a blanket diagnosis if they’re just a little bit different, dying wishes, acceptance for who and what people are without judgment, and lots of family drama. It’s been interesting to watch Don and Rosie’s relationship develop and change over these three books and I loved the incorporation of their son and his drama in this third book. If you’ve already read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect I probably don’t have to tell you to grab a copy of The Rosie Result to read as it’s most likely already on your TBR list. If you haven’t already read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, first where have you been for the past few years?!, and second, go grab copies and read them ASAP! After you’ve successfully read those two books, you’re now ready for The Rosie Result. I encourage you to take a few weekends to enjoy these books or set the three books aside for your vacation reading. Seriously, if you haven’t read these books, get your copies and start reading. Just in case you couldn’t tell, I consider The Rosie Result to be a must read book and this entire series to be a must read series. (And yes, I reread the first two books before I read the third one. I’ll probably reread all three books at some later this year simply because I enjoyed them all so much.) All I can say at this point is thank you Mr. Simsion for hours of reading pleasure with the Don Tillman series. I’m going to miss Rosie, Don, Hudson, and their friends and family.   

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Rosie Result

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Book 415: THE ROSIE EFFECT Review

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
ISBN: 9781476767314 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781476767338 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781442376014 (audiobook)
ISBN: 9781442376007 (audio CD)
ASIN: B00L6C313E (Kindle edition)
Publication date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Rosie Project, starring the same extraordinary couple now living in New York and unexpectedly expecting their first child. Get ready to fall in love all over again.

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because…surprise! Rosie is pregnant. 

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. 

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most. 

We met Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman in The Rosie Project. Don was looking for a wife; Rosie was looking for her father; what happened next was comical and magical. Well, Don and Rosie are back. They are married now and residing in New York City. Rosie is completing her doctoral dissertation while attending medical school and Don is working as a university researcher. Just when you think things are on an even keel in their relationship, they are thrown a curve . . . they’re having a baby. Can Don overcome his regimented lifestyle to be there for Rosie? Can Don help to save his friends’ marriage? Rosie has accepted Don with all his limitations, but is there an end to her level of acceptance?

Mr. Simsion has crafted another wonderful story with The Rosie Effect. Just as with The Rosie Project, Don and Rosie appear to be at cross-purposes at times and this leads to a series of unfortunate misunderstandings. Although Don doesn’t show his happiness or excitement about having a baby to Rosie, he goes out of his way to find them a larger apartment (which they share with beer dispensing equipment), researches fetal development, and even enlists his father to develop a soundproofed crib since their upstairs neighbor/landlord is in a rock band. Don is also on a quest to get his best friends Gene and Claudia backs together.

I found The Rosie Effect to be a delightful, fast-paced read filled with lots of joy, laughter, and some sadness (much like life). The joy and laughter often came from Don’s machinations (give him credit for trying to help his friends as well as his lack of understanding that the wedding must be celebrated every year on the anniversary date) and exploits (the park arrest and subsequent attempt to obtain counseling were laugh-out-loud funny). The reader gets to see another side to Gene and he becomes more sympathetic in this story than in The Rosie Project (trust me and read the book to get the lowdown). Rosie is changing, partially due to the pregnancy and due to her struggles with her dissertation, medical school, and Don’s apparent lack of feelings about the pregnancy and impending fatherhood. Mr. Simsion provides us with new characters, such as Dave the Baseball Fan, a judgmental social worker, and an aging rock-star. If you read The Rosie Project, then you’ll want to run and get a copy of The Rosie Effect. You haven’t read The Rosie Project?! What are you waiting for? Grab a copy today so you’ll be able to follow Don and Rosie’s story in The Rosie Effect

NOTE: You may want to read these books at home unless you don’t mind quizzical stares from strangers when you’re reading and laughing out loud in public. I recently reread The Rosie Project while waiting to be seen at a physician’s office [no I didn’t reread the entire book while waiting, just parts of it]. For a while I thought the staff was going to send me for a psych consult until I explained what I was reading. Fortunately the doctor’s nurse had read the book and completely understood my behavior.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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