The “What If” Guy by Brooke Moss
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 27th, 2011
Number of pages: 296
Source: I won this book through a giveaway by Joy at Joyous Reads.
What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?
(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)
After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington, to put the pieces of her life back together.
Her disgruntled twelve-year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.
Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love-and herself-with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
Review by Melissa:
The “What If” Guy is the kind of book that serves on a silver platter the beauty in second chance love. And, I mean all kinds of love. Second chances with the love of your life, with family and friends from the earlier days who we long lost touch.
Autumn Cole is a single mother to Elliot who until recently, worked at an Art Gallery in Seattle. After she loses her job and knowing her father is ill, she returns to her hometown, Fairfield Washington, where she has to face her past walking around as handsome as ever.
Autumn, Elliot, Henry, Autumn’s father and every other character of this book were very easy to like and I could totally see them in my mind living in the picturesque town of Fairfield. Their personalities were what made this book shine so bright. They all could make you smile and laugh, and then make you tear up. It’s tough to get attached to them and then having to let go.
Henry and Autumn had this incredible spark between them, so sweet and untouched as if the past didn’t happen at all because the feelings were there and the years would never take them away. Still, I liked the process of getting to trust each other again and slowly getting familiar with the new things in their lives. The only thing I wasn’t much of a fan was Henry’s other girlfriend, how he managed that other relationship at the end and leaving Autumn all alone in her time of need. No phone calls or anything.
Overall, it’s worth the visit into gossipy Fairfield, Washington, where second chances are not unheard of and everyone wants to know how you’re doing in the love department. Gotta love ’em!