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Peek Inside "What If" Guy

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 as the daughter of the town drunk. 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?

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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?


"The "What If" Guy will make you tear up then laugh till it hurts. Brooke Moss navigates the emotional roller-coaster brilliantly taking you from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other all the while never relenting her grip on the reader's heart and interest. A must read!" --Stella ExLibris

"This one is a fun little ditty that packs an emotional punch."'--Tammy, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661855
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Page Count: 274
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Tammy January 03, 2012

This one is a fun little ditty that packs an emotional punch.

Autumn Cole, single mom and daughter of the town drunk, is forced to return to her hometown after losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery. Her 12-year-old kid is just as disgruntled about the move as she is and gives her a bad time. ...more

You guys, I fell into tingly-happy-amazed book love with The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss almost immediately. In fact, let me go ahead and tell you now that my main complaint is that this is Brooke's first book so there is no back list to go fanatically hunt down and read. I didn't have particularly ...more

By ~Tina~ June 24, 2012

This is exactly what I needed!

The "What If" Guy was such a warm and sweet story about family roots, finding your way through life and second chances. It's a story about Autumn Cole who was in love with a guy named Henry Tobler but broke his heart and hers in the process when she found out she was pr ...more

By Dee June 30, 2011

TITLE: The’What If’ Guy
AUTHOR: Brooke Moss
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing

In, ‘The ‘What If" Guy, Brooke Moss tells the story of a single mom who has lost her job and finds out her father is in the hospital. She reluctantly decides to return to her hometown to help her father until she gets back on h ...more

By Romancing the September 04, 2011

Reviewed by Kate
Book provided by publisher for book tour

I wanted to read this story because of one of the first lines in the blurb – ‘Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.’ After accidentally hitting my husband with a 2x4 (among other things…and all totally accidental, I swear), I could rel ...more

By Rachel June 28, 2011

The "What If" Guy was the best Cont. Rom. I've read this year. Last year, I was in love with Julia London, this year I'll follow and bother Brooke Moss. Sorry Brooke, there will be serious siren stalking.

Quick Review: All joking aside, this story made me remember my first true love. I had a long del ...more

By Diana March 14, 2012

OK OK I got to admit it....I'm a small town girl, from a small town. Population of Napavine, WA., when I lived there was around 400. And low and behold I moved back there to raise our kids. So you can imagine how surprised I was to start reading "The What If Guy" by Brooke Moss, and the heroine of t ...more

By Stella August 18, 2011

I will start with a confession. It was the above eyecatching beautiful cover which first caught my attention and made me notice Brooke Moss' debut novel. But then when I read the blurb I was a goner: I love small town romances and second chance love stories even more, and Brooke Moss surpassed all m ...more

By Joy (joyous reads) September 18, 2011

Most of us have them.

You know, the one person that got away; the one that from time to time would niggle his or her way into your somewhat peaceful existence.

Well, Autumn Cole has that person. But for her, the thirteen years and the miles apart didn’t seem to have made a difference. Because for her, ...more

By Rhianna September 14, 2011

Converted this reader to contemps!

As a reviewer I usually open my review with a synopsis of the plot but in this instance I feel like the blurb really gives the perfect gist of the story without being spoiler filled. This is a really complex story layered with themes of love, forgiveness, friendship ...more

By Meggan October 08, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. As a caveat, I am not normally a reader of contemporary romance, mostly because it's supposed to be real. I like my stakes high, and the body count higher. I'm only kind of kidding.

But here's the thing: I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened to Henry a ...more

By Joy October 11, 2011

Any book set in a small town in Eastern Washington should go on my reading list!!

Finally read it and thoroughly enjoyed it! Off and on I wondered how much of my feelings toward the book were because of the story and writing and how much were from my memories of the area. (I went to Elliot's school; ...more

By Katrina November 06, 2012

The What If Guy is a wonderfully written romance about second chances, forgiving and moving on.

I read this book in one sitting into the wee hours of the night. It was certainly a sweet, contemporary romance. That will have you teary eyed, your heart full and even your heart heavy at times.

The charac ...more

By Janelle April 09, 2012

Great, easy read. And the fact that is was local didn't hurt, I always like being able to picture the location the book takes place.

This was a contemporary, chick-lit/romance with a PG rating as my friend Tammy mentioned. There was the usual back and forth, does he, doesn't he, should I, shouldn't I ...more

By Moon Love February 03, 2017

This book was a nice read that made me emotional. Brooke has done a great job with this book! ...more

By Danielle July 16, 2011

Totally satisfying with wonderfully written characters! This is a feel good book that was a pleasure to read. Just make sure you grab a few tissues, this one tugs on the heart-strings! ...more

By Melissa October 31, 2011

I adored this book. Heart-warming, funny, it's that "feel good" kind of book that we all need to pick up from time to time. Loved it! Can't wait for Brooke's next one! ...more

By Christi October 11, 2011

My Review:
I really liked this book, but it's not one of those books that I can necessarily pinpoint the "why" for that. This is a contemporary novel with a lot going on with the heroine, Autumn.

The story starts with a prologue that takes place 13 years prior to when the book actually takes place. S ...more

By Jennifer (Books&Barks) September 01, 2011

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’ ...more

By Twinsie Talk Angie J May 22, 2013

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

OMG This book has me in tears....good and sad....cracking up and crying over loss. I have to commend Brooke, she has mad writing skills. I have loved ...more

By Julie December 09, 2012

The "What if" Guy by Brooke Moss
Autumn Cole after high school broke up with her boyfriend Henry because she was pregnant with another mans baby. She left Fairfield, WA for Seattle and got enrolled in art classes and 12 years later she left there to go back home to tend to her father. The town drunk ...more

By Samantha August 09, 2011

I received The “What If” Guy by Brooke Moss through Danielle at Entangled Publishing for Brooke’s blog tour. The story follows Autumn Cole, a single mother who has lost her posh job at a Seattle art gallery and is forced to move back to her hometown of Fairfield to help herself recover financially, ...more

By Danielle August 07, 2011

From the big city to the hick town where everyone knows her past Autumn suddenly finds herself facing her past in a way she never expected. With the added addition of her twelve year old son Elliot and a drunk father she’s got the odds stacked against her. That is until she stumbles upon her once tr ...more

By Nina August 21, 2012

I was dubious about reading this book after the prologue. I wasn't expecting one and wasn't sure how it would fit into the novel or if it would draw me into reading much further. I felt the same way a few pages in, but then the novel took off.

The story centers around Henry and Autumn, two adults who ...more

By Jennifer July 14, 2011

"What If" Guy
\wut if gahy\ , noun;
1. a loose end;
2. an unknown;
3. a guy with whom you had a a wild love for, but stomped on his heart and left him standing in the rain, only to wonder "what if" you had stayed together

The What If Guy by Brooke Moss is super heart-warming. I mostly read paranormal, YA ...more

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Brooke Moss

About the author

Brooke Moss

Brooke Moss lives in beautiful Washington State with her nerdy hubby, four dirty-faced kids, and one not-so-intelligent dog. When she isn’t spinning tales of romance, Brooke spends her time changing the color of her hair, watching entirely too much reality television, and eating cheese.

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