The "What if" Guy by Brooke Moss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book for review from Net Galley. This does not affect my review in any way.
The “What If” Guy by Brooke Moss is the story of Autumn Cole and how circumstances in her life led her back to the man she fell in love with many years before. As a student in college, Autumn was dating someone she could see herself falling in love with. Unfortunately, two months into her and Henry’s relationship she realized she was pregnant with her previous boyfriend’s child. Autumn was raised in a small town, and this type of upbringing made her feel that she should leave Henry and try to make it work with her son’s father. That was a huge mistake for Autumn, as this man was a complete and total loser who left her before Elliot was even born. Now, twelve years later, Autumn finds herself with no job, no home, and a father who’s health is declining rapidly so she moves back home to Fairfield, Washington. Never in her wildest dreams did Autumn expect to find her “what if” guy, Henry Tobler, teaching in Fairfield.
I found this to be an extremely humorous and engaging story. I found myself laughing at either Autumn, Elliot or Henry on multiple occasions while reading this! Autumn is so nervous upon seeing Henry again when dropping Elliot off on his first day at his new school that she ends up almost breaking Henry’s nose with an encyclopedia! This is only the first of several accidents involving Autumn and Henry. Add in some nosy neighbors who have to know everything that is going on in town, and would love to play matchmaker, and this makes for some interesting interactions.
Added in to these funny occasions are some unfortunate sad parts as well. One of the main reasons that Autumn came home was to help her father out because of his illness. She doesn’t know what is wrong with him because he refuses to tell her, but since he’s always been the town drunk she is pretty sure it has something to do with that. Autumn is finally getting close with her father again, and she realizes that it may be too late. She regrets rarely coming back to visit and not letting Elliot get to know his grandfather.
Autumn’s character goes through many changes throughout The “What If” Guy. At the beginning she is ashamed of having to move back to small town Fairfield from the bustling city of Seattle. She fears that Elliot will not get a good quality education and that her life is over until she can make it back to the city. Over the course of the novel she realizes that Fairfield is not as bad as she remembered, and that many great things can come out of living in a small town. There is real growth in Autumn as she discovers truths about herself, some that she isn’t very proud of, but she learns from these mistakes and works on correcting them. It was nice to see Autumn learn new things about herself and those around her. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those looking for a fun and heartwarming novel. It was a quick yet thoroughly engaging read and is worth adding to your to be read list.
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