Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman.
A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?
Forty years of marriage. Eight golden charms. One man’s journey of discovery.
Arthur and Miriam Pepper were happily married for forty years. They shared an uneventful life in Yorkshire, two children and had no secrets. At least that’s what Arthur thought.
Now he is on his own. He gets up every morning, eats his breakfast, waters his plant, Frederica, and speaks to nobody unless it is absolutely necessary. Until something disrupts his routine.
On the first anniversary of Miriam’s death, Arthur finds a small box containing a gold charm bracelet. On the underside of an elephant charm is a telephone number and, uncharacteristically, Arthur picks up the phone.
That call changes everything he thought he knew about Miriam. Embarking on a journey, charm by charm, Arthur uncovers his wife’s secret life before they met, and along the way learns more about himself.