In The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion (scientist-turned author-turned TED talker) produced a tender, laugh-out-loud love story charming enough that more than one fellow reader I know pre-ordered the sequel just out, The Rosie Effect. We do love to see love work out.
David Nicholls' current bestseller Us opens with a family about to take the Grand Tour of Europe upon their son's graduation from high school, just as the wife Connie--an artist who has turned her back on her own work to do museum education--tells her scientist nerd husband that she doesn't think their marriage is working. But she still wants to take the European trip.
Moving back and forth between the past and present, Nicholls reveals how this unlikely pair ended up together and explores Douglas Peterson's troubling relationship with their son Albie, a sullen boy who never actually wanted to take the trip at all. Again, the story focuses on Douglas's attempt to repair the damage he realizes he has caused--launching him into an almost impossible mission.
All three books--and many like them--leave me rooting for the protagonist, generally a great bumbler, just hoping to capitalize on the fortunate luck that might lead to love or else recapture what led to it in the first place.