Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The "What if" Guy by Brooke Moss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
If you know anything about Brooke Moss, then you know one of her best qualities is her sense of humor. Her blog posts are hilarious. I read every one. I envy and appreciate her sense of humor and way with words, so of course I was hoping all of that translated to a remarkably funny book. And it totally did.
The 'What if' Guy was a hilarious read. I was up late reading it and I had to laugh into a pillow several times to keep from waking everybody up. God I love when that happens.
And then there were the sobs toward the end. Yes, I cried. Hard. There weren't just a few tears, there were a lot. I can't say that everyone will have the same experience I did, but some parts of this book hit way too close to home for me. And I wish I could talk about that, but then I would have to spoil some of those tender moments for you and I won't do that.
But I can say that this book is special. The characters feel very real and are extremely well-developed. This book is full of touching moments and laugh-out-loud situations. And the thing is, I didn't even intend to read this book when I did. I had one more to read before it, but I started it on my Kindle because I was outside smoking (I know, I should quit), and I never did put it down.
Brooke has a great sense of humor and a spectacular writer's voice. This lady knows how to put words on paper. I don't typically read romance novels, but since I know Brooke from Twitter (and love her and her blog), I was more than happy to take a chance on her book. And it was great. I read through it so fast, and though I still will not become a huge fan of romance novels after this, there is something special about Brooke's writing that will keep me coming back. Whatever Brooke chooses to write I will continue to read. Because even if it isn't in my preferred genre, it's definitely worth picking up.
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