Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review: The "What If" Guy

By Cindy Roesel

Here’s an interesting scenario: What if you got a second chance at doing it all over again with the guy you know is THE guy for you, but unfortunately, he’s the guy who got away? That’s what Autumn Cole gets a shot at doing with the love of her life thirteen years after things go terribly wrong in THE "WHAT IF" GUY by Brooke Moss.

After a few weeks together with Henry Tobler, Autumn finds out she’s pregnant, but it’s with another guy’s baby. Even though she hasn’t slept with Henry, she knows he’s the one she truly loves, so what does she do? Well, not knowing what to do, she says bye-bye to Henry and leaves town pregnant.

Fast forward a dozen years, Autumn and her now twelve year-old son, Elliott are moving from Seattle to a home in the eastern sticks of Washington state where neither of them want to go. And guess who they run into the first day of school?

Henry stood frozen in place, staring at me as if I were a ghost.
I trembled, struggling to regain composure. “He’s an old friend.”
Elliott squinted at me for a few beats then turned to Henry. “I’m sorry. She’s… uh, wired this morning. Where do you want me to sit?”
I’d just seen my "what if" guy for the first time in thirteen years.
I wanted to die.

Everything is very complicated for the characters living in the small town of Fairfield, Washington. This is the town where Autumn grew up and she left on bad terms. The main reasons she’s back are because she’s lost her job and her father, the town alcoholic, is dying, so she needs to care for him. Some of the people she left behind feel she thinks she’s too good for them, but now she’s come down a few pegs and they plan on letting her know. Henry has his secrets, too and he’s moved to Fairfield to start all over. Obviously, neither Autumn or Henry expected to see the other, but now that they’re here, they’re going to have to make the best of it. Living in a small town is never easy, and you can expect lots of drama, as well as resolution, from THE WHAT IF GUY.

I think if asked, many people would say they would take a second chance in love. Why not? But since that’s not likely, why not enjoy it through Brooke Moss’ novel. You can find Brooke Moss on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

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