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It’s never too late to finish a love story… Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new. Unfortu It’s never too late to finish a love story… Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new. Unfortunately, there’s a tenant in the garage apartment who’s refusing to move. Even worse? It’s his childhood crush, Megan Carter, and her son. Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter loves Deep Haven. To her, it’s the place where she makes dreams come true—at least, everyone else’s. Her big dream is to purchase the Black Spruce Bed & Breakfast to turn it into a premier event venue and, if she can stay booked for enough weddings over winter, she’ll have the needed funds to buy the inn, move out of Grandpa Barrett’s garage apartment, and finally give her nine-year-old son, Josh, the life he deserves. She just needs four thousand dollars in the next thirty days. Still, she’s oh, so close…until Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven. Even if he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, but she never expected him to evict her! The last thing she needs is more expenses. Or for another man to walk into her heart…and break it. When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. Besides, the more he comes to her rescue, the sooner she’ll be able to move out…and he can move on. And that’s what they both want, right? Return to Deep Haven with this magical tale about the one who got away…and came back.


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It’s never too late to finish a love story… Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new. Unfortu It’s never too late to finish a love story… Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new. Unfortunately, there’s a tenant in the garage apartment who’s refusing to move. Even worse? It’s his childhood crush, Megan Carter, and her son. Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter loves Deep Haven. To her, it’s the place where she makes dreams come true—at least, everyone else’s. Her big dream is to purchase the Black Spruce Bed & Breakfast to turn it into a premier event venue and, if she can stay booked for enough weddings over winter, she’ll have the needed funds to buy the inn, move out of Grandpa Barrett’s garage apartment, and finally give her nine-year-old son, Josh, the life he deserves. She just needs four thousand dollars in the next thirty days. Still, she’s oh, so close…until Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven. Even if he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, but she never expected him to evict her! The last thing she needs is more expenses. Or for another man to walk into her heart…and break it. When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. Besides, the more he comes to her rescue, the sooner she’ll be able to move out…and he can move on. And that’s what they both want, right? Return to Deep Haven with this magical tale about the one who got away…and came back.

30 review for Still the One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Turner

    A debut author to watch, Rachel D. Russell has crafted a story packed with genuine emotion, irresistible characters, sizzling chemistry, and well-deserved second chances. The path to love is not easy for long-separated childhood friends Cole and Megan, but the hope and healing they each offer and find along the way will fill the reader’s heart to overflowing. Fans of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven and Christiansen Family series will welcome the opportunity to spend time with old friends, but even A debut author to watch, Rachel D. Russell has crafted a story packed with genuine emotion, irresistible characters, sizzling chemistry, and well-deserved second chances. The path to love is not easy for long-separated childhood friends Cole and Megan, but the hope and healing they each offer and find along the way will fill the reader’s heart to overflowing. Fans of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven and Christiansen Family series will welcome the opportunity to spend time with old friends, but even readers new to Deep Haven will feel like they’re coming home.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    “Forgiveness isn’t about justice. It’s about freedom. Forgiveness doesn’t negate justice. It simply puts it in the hands of God, where it belongs. Allows you the ability to move on.” What a delightful debut by Rachel D. Russell. If you’ve been a fan of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven novels, you’ll love the addition of Cole into the mix of this tightly knit small town community. Even if you’ve never read any of the Deep Haven novels, Still the One is an excellent place to start to meet the wonderfu “Forgiveness isn’t about justice. It’s about freedom. Forgiveness doesn’t negate justice. It simply puts it in the hands of God, where it belongs. Allows you the ability to move on.” What a delightful debut by Rachel D. Russell. If you’ve been a fan of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven novels, you’ll love the addition of Cole into the mix of this tightly knit small town community. Even if you’ve never read any of the Deep Haven novels, Still the One is an excellent place to start to meet the wonderful people who habit this tourist town in Minnesota. Megan is a single mom and a wedding coordinator extraordinaire who’s only wanted to feel loved and treasured. Cole is her childhood friend who’s been through tough circumstances personally and professionally. When he returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather’s home, old feelings flame to life as insecurities wrestle for first place against their pull toward each other. Forgiveness and redemption from past mistakes are two major themes in the story that are heart-stirring and encouraging. And for those who’ve been faithful followers of Susan May Warren, there are plenty of appearances of her beloved characters from the Deep Haven series and others. If you enjoy beautifully written contemporary romance, you will totally love this book. I’m so looking forward to other Deep Haven novels by up-and-coming authors. I received a copy of the book from Sunrise Publishing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jolene -

    Still the One by Rachel D. Russell and Susan May Warren kickstarts the Deep Haven Collection Series. Although it functioned as a stand-alone, I recognized the Deep Haven setting and the Christiansen family members from Susan May Warren’s original Christiansen family series. This novel had its own characters to love, but brought back Darek, Ivy, Casper, Raina, and a few others. Rachel D. Russell’s writing style felt akin to Susan May Warren’s current style. I enjoyed reading Still the One and sta Still the One by Rachel D. Russell and Susan May Warren kickstarts the Deep Haven Collection Series. Although it functioned as a stand-alone, I recognized the Deep Haven setting and the Christiansen family members from Susan May Warren’s original Christiansen family series. This novel had its own characters to love, but brought back Darek, Ivy, Casper, Raina, and a few others. Rachel D. Russell’s writing style felt akin to Susan May Warren’s current style. I enjoyed reading Still the One and stayed interested throughout the story despite some plot points feeling formulaic and predictable. The second-chance romance was clean and included a relaxed level of tension (not the I-can’t-put-it-down kind). I could relate to both Cole’s wrestling with unforgiveness and Megan’s struggle to trust God with situations. Still the One is a solid debut novel by Rachel D. Russell that fuses romance, spiritual issues, and life situations into a story that points to the God who can redeem all things. Readers who have enjoyed Susan May Warren’s prior Deep Haven novels will likely enjoy Still the One by Rachel D. Russell and Susan May Warren. Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    featured on Faithfully Bookish.com As an avid Susan May Warren fan, I’ve been following the creation of this series on social media and trying oh so hard to keep my expectations in check. I have to say, Rachel D. Russell has knocked it out of the park! The familiar comfort of Deep Haven greets readers while Russell’s wit, humor, and heart make the visit an absolute joy. I literally laughed out loud and insistently read aloud several portions of the book to anyone who would listen. Points of confli featured on Faithfully Bookish.com As an avid Susan May Warren fan, I’ve been following the creation of this series on social media and trying oh so hard to keep my expectations in check. I have to say, Rachel D. Russell has knocked it out of the park! The familiar comfort of Deep Haven greets readers while Russell’s wit, humor, and heart make the visit an absolute joy. I literally laughed out loud and insistently read aloud several portions of the book to anyone who would listen. Points of conflict within the plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the characters’ journey of faith and forgiveness warmed my heart. I highly recommend Still the One for both its familiar setting and fresh new voice. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. Additionally, as a co-owner of JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC, I received compensation from the publisher and/or author to coordinate a promotional tour for this title. The opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    ‘God didn’t have any kind of happy ending for someone like Cole.’ One thing I look for and know will make a book really speak to me is when I can ‘connect’ with the characters. When I can really get a feel for them and they seem real to me. This book certainly ticked that box! The characters really came alive in my mind from the first page, which certainly bodes well in a debut novel. The book was well written with truly believable characters, a plot that was completely interesting. Both of the m ‘God didn’t have any kind of happy ending for someone like Cole.’ One thing I look for and know will make a book really speak to me is when I can ‘connect’ with the characters. When I can really get a feel for them and they seem real to me. This book certainly ticked that box! The characters really came alive in my mind from the first page, which certainly bodes well in a debut novel. The book was well written with truly believable characters, a plot that was completely interesting. Both of the main protagonists had issues that made them seem even more real as well. I can’t say how much I love digging down into a book when this happens early on. I was all in from the first paragraph. Rachel D. Russell is now on my future radar whose books I want to read. Set in Deep Haven, MN, the small town everyone wants to visit, if not live in, it was wonderful to see characters again I had not ‘seen’ in years from Susan May Warren’s books. Reading this book was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that brought joy to my heart. There was also a wonderful spiritual lesson to learn here. Well done! *My thanks to Sunrise Publishing for a copy of this book. I received no compensation. The opinion in this review is entirely my own

  6. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Welcome back to Deep Haven a wonderful small town community filled with familiar faces, in this heartwarming romance of faith and second chances. Childhood friends reunite unexpectedly when Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather's property and little does he know that the woman he is evicting is his former best friend, Megan, and her young son, Josh. Cole is a man who likes to have a plan and have his next move plotted out, but coming back to Deep Haven has him questioning it Welcome back to Deep Haven a wonderful small town community filled with familiar faces, in this heartwarming romance of faith and second chances. Childhood friends reunite unexpectedly when Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather's property and little does he know that the woman he is evicting is his former best friend, Megan, and her young son, Josh. Cole is a man who likes to have a plan and have his next move plotted out, but coming back to Deep Haven has him questioning it all. I liked how he takes the times to spend time with Josh and be a positive role model in his life. This was such an enjoyable read, with fantastic characters and great character development and relationship building throughout the storyline. I loved the close knit community, and how they joyfully welcome Cole into their lives, inviting him to take part in everyday occurrences. This book pulled me in from the beginning and even though it's been a while since I've read a Deep Haven book, I felt like I'd never left, also I think that someone new to the world of Susan May Warren would have no trouble fitting right in. Overall, a engaging second chance romance filled with faith, and an amazing community that pulls together to help each other out. Megan is a amazing mother, who wants the best for her son, I admired her faith and her quick thinking. You won't want to miss this fantastic Deep Haven story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    A delightful read from start to finish! I'm so happy that Susan May Warren has launched this new series featuring one of my favorite fictional settings, Deep Haven. Rachel D. Russell's unique voice really shines in this story. She delivers the perfect blend of wholesome romance, smart dialog and characters wrestling with relatable struggles. I loved the new characters and enjoyed glimpses of familiar favorites. Most of all, I was encouraged and inspired by the messages of offering forgiveness an A delightful read from start to finish! I'm so happy that Susan May Warren has launched this new series featuring one of my favorite fictional settings, Deep Haven. Rachel D. Russell's unique voice really shines in this story. She delivers the perfect blend of wholesome romance, smart dialog and characters wrestling with relatable struggles. I loved the new characters and enjoyed glimpses of familiar favorites. Most of all, I was encouraged and inspired by the messages of offering forgiveness and leaning hard on God's promises.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    You just don't know what God is up to sometimes." Second chance at love are always one of my favourite kind of stories. This book was wonderful, very touching, some parts of the story gripped my heart. The way the author wrote about the characters was so amazing and real. Megan and Cole had gone through their own share of disappointments and rejection and when they were just coming up for air life threw some hoops their way. I admired Megan's strength and love for her son and all she put her hea You just don't know what God is up to sometimes." Second chance at love are always one of my favourite kind of stories. This book was wonderful, very touching, some parts of the story gripped my heart. The way the author wrote about the characters was so amazing and real. Megan and Cole had gone through their own share of disappointments and rejection and when they were just coming up for air life threw some hoops their way. I admired Megan's strength and love for her son and all she put her heart to do. Her growth in faith was wonderful. It was beautiful to see how God uses the situations in our lives especially the difficult ones to draw us to himself. Cole was a beaut of a man with a wounded heart that always seem to find a way to be there for others. He too had his issues and thought God was not interested in his life. But through a series of events he came to see that God was always involved in his life. I love cold so the settings of the book was right up my alley. The citizens of Safe Haven were just wonderful and enjoyable bunch. The love and sacrifice in this book was so touching and admirable. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    For every reader that find saying goodbye to a series, and thus the characters and settings, Still the One by Rachel D. Russell proves that fresh life can be breathed into a beloved series. This book is set in Susan May Warren’s story world of Deep Haven (which featured two series by Warren) but Russell’s author voice gives it a unique tone while bring back some of those Christiansen siblings as well as some other familiar faces while centering the book around completely new characters. Cole and For every reader that find saying goodbye to a series, and thus the characters and settings, Still the One by Rachel D. Russell proves that fresh life can be breathed into a beloved series. This book is set in Susan May Warren’s story world of Deep Haven (which featured two series by Warren) but Russell’s author voice gives it a unique tone while bring back some of those Christiansen siblings as well as some other familiar faces while centering the book around completely new characters. Cole and Megan both carry burdens from their pasts. They both have made mistakes and those affect many areas of their present lives. And that’s what makes so relatable. They’re human, flawed, and desire love and acceptance and the road they travel is a bumpy one filled with plenty of potholes and detours. Still the One is a story of love, forgiveness, healing, and second chances that had me rooting for Megan and Cole from the start. Plus, there’s plenty of sizzle in there too. Russell is definitely an author to keep an eye on. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    Still the One by Rachel D. Russell is part of a series backed by Susan May Warren. I have never seen or heard of this series of books, so I was unsure what to expect. The cover and the synopsis peaked my interest in reading the book. The book takes the reader to a fictional small town, Deep Haven. Cole Barrett, back from his service in the Army, is back home to sell his Grandparents home and move on with life. He thought the sale of the home could go smoothly, until he realizes there is a tenant in Still the One by Rachel D. Russell is part of a series backed by Susan May Warren. I have never seen or heard of this series of books, so I was unsure what to expect. The cover and the synopsis peaked my interest in reading the book. The book takes the reader to a fictional small town, Deep Haven. Cole Barrett, back from his service in the Army, is back home to sell his Grandparents home and move on with life. He thought the sale of the home could go smoothly, until he realizes there is a tenant in the Garage Apartment. The tenant isn't just anyone, it is his old childhood crush, Megan Carter and her 9 yr old son. Megan is a single mom trying to run her Wedding Planning business and achieve her ultimate dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast and run a Wedding Venue. Cole is trying to get her to move out, but she doesn't have the money to move nor anywhere to move to. Cole and Megan are finding that they still have feelings for one another as they continue to deal with the fact that Cole needs to sell the house.. Will Cole and Megan get back together after MANY years? Will the house sell and will Megan achieve her dreams? WOW, just WOW! I truly enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. Still the One is a story about forgiveness, second chances and life happenings. Rachel D. Russell is a new and upcoming author and I look forward to reading future books by her. I also am looking forward to reading the other books in this series! FANTASTIC BOOK!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aminata Coote

    When Cole returns to Deep Haven, the last thing Megan expects is for him to try to evict her from her apartment. But that's exactly what happened. Cole has a plan for his life and to fulfill his dream, he needs to get rid of his grandfather's house and the tenant living in the apartment. I enjoyed the unfolding of Megan and Cole's story. They were many layers to peel back as both characters had been hurt in the past and were telling themselves some pretty big lies. Megan was a relatable characte When Cole returns to Deep Haven, the last thing Megan expects is for him to try to evict her from her apartment. But that's exactly what happened. Cole has a plan for his life and to fulfill his dream, he needs to get rid of his grandfather's house and the tenant living in the apartment. I enjoyed the unfolding of Megan and Cole's story. They were many layers to peel back as both characters had been hurt in the past and were telling themselves some pretty big lies. Megan was a relatable character, she struggled to believe God loved her and she had trouble trusting Him, don't we all have moments like that? I liked seeing her grow in her relationship with Him even as she learned to let go of some of the lies she believed. Cole had an intrinsic need to help others but he couldn't always see that sometimes he needed to trust God with his problems. Like Megan, he had to find his way back to God and it was fun to watch. Still the One is the first full-length novel in the new Deep Haven collection. While I haven't read many of the original books, I can understand why readers are drawn back to the characters. The community is close knit and seems to rally around its members. Many of the characters in Still the One seem to be old favorites from the original Deep Haven novels with hints at their stories. Still the One would be a great read for anyone who loved the original Deep Haven novels or anyone who enjoys a sweet romance with strong faith elements. I received an advanced reader's copy from the publishers through Just Read Tours; a positive review was not required.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I have read all of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven and Christiansen’s family's series. I have really enjoyed these family's members and the small cozy feeling of Deep Haven. Warren has decided to grace readers with a chance to read more about her familiar characters and helping budding writers to make a name for themselves by allowing them to write stories in their own voice, but feature Warren’s beloved characters. Rachel D. Russell is the first published author to come through the Sunrise Publis I have read all of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven and Christiansen’s family's series. I have really enjoyed these family's members and the small cozy feeling of Deep Haven. Warren has decided to grace readers with a chance to read more about her familiar characters and helping budding writers to make a name for themselves by allowing them to write stories in their own voice, but feature Warren’s beloved characters. Rachel D. Russell is the first published author to come through the Sunrise Publishing and has a book coming out in 2021 with Still the One. My favorite aspect of Still the One was the setting. I love the snow. The beautiful deep snow that encompasses the whole town. I loved how Russell describes the snow in all the scenes. I could feel the cold as I flipped through the story. As for the plot, It was nice to see familiar characters return from Warren’s Deep Haven world. I loved how they interacted with the new heroine and hero, offering Godly advice to help them back the correct decisions. I love how the element of hockey gets woven into the characters. Being a huge fan of the Colorado Avalanche, hockey is a huge part of my winter life. Being a contemporary romance, the romance storyline does fit the description and answers all the boxes. I really enjoyed this story. I hope the rest of them happen either in the winter again or in the fall. Russell’s writing definitely shone on the page just like Warren does. But Russell has her own voice. She has taken beloved characters and brought them to life. This is a neat idea from Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel. I can’t wait to see what the next two books that take place in Deep Haven by budding writers will entail. I anxiously await the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of Still the One by Rachel D. Russell from Sunrise Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (The_CozyBookworm)

    "We are wholly inadequate. That's why we need our Savior. We sin, no matter how hard we desire not to. We hurt each other...and yet, He loves us." Rachel Russell's debut, Still The One is a beautiful love story full of flawed characters you can't help but relate to, broken pasts that brought me to tears and uncertain futures that kept me hooked page after page. Rachel takes her characters (and readers) on a journey where they learn to forgive in the most excruciating circumstances and what it mea "We are wholly inadequate. That's why we need our Savior. We sin, no matter how hard we desire not to. We hurt each other...and yet, He loves us." Rachel Russell's debut, Still The One is a beautiful love story full of flawed characters you can't help but relate to, broken pasts that brought me to tears and uncertain futures that kept me hooked page after page. Rachel takes her characters (and readers) on a journey where they learn to forgive in the most excruciating circumstances and what it means to truly trust the God who made them with the terrifying uncertainty of the unknown. Lovers of Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen Family Series will be delighted with the robust cast of past reader favorites featured in this debut. Still The One was a perfectly paced and satisfying delight from start to finish that left me longing for book two.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Boerma

    Amazing. Deep Haven is one of my favorite fictional small towns and returning is so exciting!! Rachel D. Russell wrote a beautiful story capturing all things I love about Deep Haven—donuts, coffee, swoon-worthy guys, strong-capable woman, family and friends, snow—I could say so much, but really I can sum it up by saying, I can’t wait to read her next!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Still the One is an excellent addition to the Deep Haven books. This is the first full-length novel in the new Deep Haven Collection series and comes after the free prequel, Only You by Susan May Warren. The author, Rachel D. Russell, did a great job of capturing the well loved Deep Haven community of characters and crafted a tale that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Both of the main characters had emotional scars from their past. Cole grappled to understand how a lov Still the One is an excellent addition to the Deep Haven books. This is the first full-length novel in the new Deep Haven Collection series and comes after the free prequel, Only You by Susan May Warren. The author, Rachel D. Russell, did a great job of capturing the well loved Deep Haven community of characters and crafted a tale that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Both of the main characters had emotional scars from their past. Cole grappled to understand how a loving God would allow his parents to die, causing him to end up being abused by the grandfather who was supposed to take care of him. Megan battled continuing feelings of desertion. Everyone she ever cared for left her, from her childhood friend, Cole, to her parents, to her boyfriend who left her after she got pregnant. Both of these characters had big trust issues, yet were very drawn to each other. I loved the romantic chemistry between the two and that they had wonderful shared memories together from years earlier. They had a rocky road to their happily-ever-after, but it made for a great novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    Coming home. It's a heartwarming vision in and of itself, but when you pair it with reconnecting with a childhood friend that has held a special place in your heart for years, it gives your heart all the feels. Still the One is the story of Cole Barrett coming back to Deep Haven, his childhood home, with an agenda: get his grandfather's house sold as soon as possible so that he can begin a new life with a new job as a Deputy US Marshall in DC. What he didn't bargain for was running into his child Coming home. It's a heartwarming vision in and of itself, but when you pair it with reconnecting with a childhood friend that has held a special place in your heart for years, it gives your heart all the feels. Still the One is the story of Cole Barrett coming back to Deep Haven, his childhood home, with an agenda: get his grandfather's house sold as soon as possible so that he can begin a new life with a new job as a Deputy US Marshall in DC. What he didn't bargain for was running into his childhood friend, Megan Carter. From the moment Cole and Megan meet again you can feel the attraction between these two. Megan's character is completely relatable, being a single mom running a wedding planning business, and trying to hold everything together for her and her son, Josh. The character flaws in both Cole and Megan are true to life and poetically beautiful. My favorite moments of the story were seeing Cole, Megan, and Josh interacting as a family. I loved the small town feel and the concept of friends falling in love has always been one of my favorite troupes. Still the One is a cozy, small town Christian romance that envelops you, making you feel like you're there witnessing the events of Deep Haven for yourself. It is well written and I seemed to devour it quite quickly. This is my first time reading anything from the Deep Haven collection, but I must admit I am hooked, and plan on reading more from this incredibly sweet, yet down-t0-earth series. *I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

    Back to Deep Haven. This book feels like home to me. I’ve read all of Susan May Warren’s books and every single one of them bring me a sense of comfort and familiarity as most of them tie into each other somehow. Rachel Russell is the author of this one (mentored by Susan and did a FANTASTIC job), bringing back to life the town of Deep Haven and the Christiansen family who I fell in love with a long time ago. This time, their lives cross paths with new characters Cole and Megan. He’s a former ar Back to Deep Haven. This book feels like home to me. I’ve read all of Susan May Warren’s books and every single one of them bring me a sense of comfort and familiarity as most of them tie into each other somehow. Rachel Russell is the author of this one (mentored by Susan and did a FANTASTIC job), bringing back to life the town of Deep Haven and the Christiansen family who I fell in love with a long time ago. This time, their lives cross paths with new characters Cole and Megan. He’s a former army ranger and she’s a single mom/wedding planner. Not having seen each other since childhood, theirs is the story of a second chances. However, the timing couldn’t be worse because they are on very different paths now. He’s back to sell his grandfathers estate and move on, but Megan is renting property on the estate while saving to buy the Black Spruce Inn. All is going well until Cole shows up and throws a wrench in her plans. I received a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    What's the only thing better than a great book? A new one set in the same town, where the new characters mingle with the former ones. What's even better than that? When a new series follows an old favorite series so that there's a whole new cast of characters melding with the others, extending the setting, the excitement, and the fun of the original. That's exactly what Susan May Warren has done with her amazing Deep Haven series - and it's fabulous! With a few newish writers, Warren is publishing What's the only thing better than a great book? A new one set in the same town, where the new characters mingle with the former ones. What's even better than that? When a new series follows an old favorite series so that there's a whole new cast of characters melding with the others, extending the setting, the excitement, and the fun of the original. That's exactly what Susan May Warren has done with her amazing Deep Haven series - and it's fabulous! With a few newish writers, Warren is publishing a whole new series of books through her Sunrise Publishing House. This new series, called the Deep Haven Collection, brings readers back to Deep Haven in the very best way. Cole is retired military. He has plans with a friend and wants to get in to Deep Haven, his part-time childhood home, sell his grandfather's house, and get out. He doesn't expect old demons to come knocking, though. Megan is working hard to achieve her childhood dreams, but life hasn't gone as planned. She'll be a step closer, though, as long as nothing interferes with her schedule over the next few weeks ... like a blizzard or a long-lost love. Rachel Russell nailed Susan May Warren's unique writing style. She throws out emotional wrenches every few pages, has crafted a dreamy male lead, and tries to throw the reader off a cliff at the end of every chapter. For Warren fans, it's a total win. Still the One is more than just a cute guy and perfect writing, though: it contains emotional and spiritual lessons that we can all relate to. I think I was trying to high-five Megan through my Kindle for fully half of the book. Want to be treasured? Yes. Afraid that this expectation won't be met at some point, leaving you disappointed and, perhaps, alone? Check. (Yes, I'm married and my husband is great - but we're people. We're not perfect. We still disappoint each other sometimes, and I still have fears, rational or not. Most of us do, right?) Needing to learn the lessons that Megan does in this book and understand the truths she comes to see in a deeper way - yes, that's me, too. That's what makes Still the One such a fantastic and memorable story. It's that you want to befriend the characters and help with their problems, only you realize that their story is your own. The excitement generated by the writing style and the fun presence of beloved characters from past books are the sprinkles on top of a story that would be great, no matter where it was set. Being in Deep Haven just makes it that much better. I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Deatrick

    “We may have, well, our lips may have possibly collided.” “What? Like your face fell and his lips caught yours?’ “Stop. We were just - we were just caught up in the moment. You know, stress kissing.” This quote is just one of many reasons I love this story! This is a wonderful debut by Rachel D Russell! It is warm, humorous and about real life. This story stole my heart and took it back to Deep Haven, home to many of Susan May Warren’s books. You don’t have to have read Susan’s Deep Haven novels “We may have, well, our lips may have possibly collided.” “What? Like your face fell and his lips caught yours?’ “Stop. We were just - we were just caught up in the moment. You know, stress kissing.” This quote is just one of many reasons I love this story! This is a wonderful debut by Rachel D Russell! It is warm, humorous and about real life. This story stole my heart and took it back to Deep Haven, home to many of Susan May Warren’s books. You don’t have to have read Susan’s Deep Haven novels but I loved recognizing the friends mentioned. And it drew me more into the story, since I already felt like I knew this place and these people. (In fact, I really want to live there - at least in the summer!) Megan is a single mom who had been left by her parents and left by her son’s father. She has deep feelings of never being enough for anyone and is searching for a way to redeem her past mistakes. Cole and Megan were childhood best friends and he has just come back to town for a short time. He struggles with forgiveness. The things that happened to him when he lived in Deep Haven as a child still have a hold on him. I found myself pulling for both of them as they confront truths and overcome the hurts they’ve suffered in the past. I loved seeing how they both naturally try to support and protect the other’s dreams while sacrificing their own. Rachel Russell truly relates the message of the importance of keeping our eyes on God. “God is enough. You don’t have to be - you can’t be, in the deepest sense of it all.” “We are all wholly inadequate. That’s exactly why we need our Savior. We sin, no matter how hard we desire not to. We hurt each other.” I highly recommend this novel for fans of Christian romance or anyone wanting a meaningful read. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. But the opinions are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Confession I haven't read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven books yet. I found out about her books after those released, I first read her Heirs of Anton series followed by several other series. And finding out there will be more of the Deep Haven books from Susan May Warren and new DEBUT authors like Rachel D. Russell makes me very happy to dig into all of the books! Still the One is the kind of book one cannot help relating to since there is such hope, faith, and love in the pages of a novel that gr Confession I haven't read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven books yet. I found out about her books after those released, I first read her Heirs of Anton series followed by several other series. And finding out there will be more of the Deep Haven books from Susan May Warren and new DEBUT authors like Rachel D. Russell makes me very happy to dig into all of the books! Still the One is the kind of book one cannot help relating to since there is such hope, faith, and love in the pages of a novel that grips your heart and refuses to let go. As I haven't read any Deep Haven books (YET!) I was somewhat lost when it came to some things and characters that you were supposed to know things about, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. The fact that Cole is a veteran was no small pull in my want to read this story, and I loved finally getting to meet him, Megan, Josh, and the others. The wedding planning, my goodness, can I be a wedding planner, pretty please?! I loved every detail, it was just so cool to read about weddings being plan amidst a romance of the characters' own. The conflict was done in such a way that I did shake my head but I didn't want to hunt the character down to make them see what was going on … I loved seeing what happened with Cole, his past, and healing from the mistakes of his family. Since this is a romance, it is not for everyone however those who enjoy small-town romance, family ties, and hope in their literary indulgences will find this a need to read. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    “I’ve always remembered you.” His eyes held hers. “You’ve always been the one.” With award-winning author Susan May Warren’s guidance and support, Rachel D. Russell crafts a stellar return to the beloved town of Deep Haven in her debut novel, Still the One. Fans of Susan May Warren will be thrilled to take a journey back to Deep Haven in this fantastic new series written by debut authors with a writing style similar to Warren's. Susan May Warren is one of my favorite contemporary romance author “I’ve always remembered you.” His eyes held hers. “You’ve always been the one.” With award-winning author Susan May Warren’s guidance and support, Rachel D. Russell crafts a stellar return to the beloved town of Deep Haven in her debut novel, Still the One. Fans of Susan May Warren will be thrilled to take a journey back to Deep Haven in this fantastic new series written by debut authors with a writing style similar to Warren's. Susan May Warren is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and she continues to create phenomenal stories with captivating heroes who become fan favorites, while also drawing readers closer to their faith. With cameo appearances from popular Deep Haven characters and the introduction of fabulous new characters, Rachel D. Russell’s Still the One is the perfect addition to the Deep Haven Collection. Readers will be introduced to former Army Ranger Cole Barrett, who returns to Deep Haven and reconnects with childhood friend Megan Carter in less than ideal circumstances. This heartwarming tale of forgiveness and discovering true love will find a place in the hearts of readers everywhere. I can’t wait to read more from author Rachel D. Russell. Still the One is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance, especially readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, Tari Faris, and Susan May Warren. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “Don’t ever give up on a happy ending or what God might do in your life, Megan. You just don’t know how God can surprise you in unexpected ways.”

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Wowza, this book needs to be on your list of anticipated reads for 2021! I am definitely a card carrying member of the Deep Haven fan club, and when I first heard about this new collection of books I was over the moon excited and knew they would be fabulous! I love nothing more than falling in love with an author's writing voice from the beginning of their debut novel, and such was the case with Still the One! From the first page I was enthralled with the story. I couldn't stop reading and finis Wowza, this book needs to be on your list of anticipated reads for 2021! I am definitely a card carrying member of the Deep Haven fan club, and when I first heard about this new collection of books I was over the moon excited and knew they would be fabulous! I love nothing more than falling in love with an author's writing voice from the beginning of their debut novel, and such was the case with Still the One! From the first page I was enthralled with the story. I couldn't stop reading and finished it in a little over twenty four hours! I adored the characters, Cole and Megan are awesome! Cole had me swooning a time or two (hundred!) and I could so relate to Megan's longing to feel treasured, and how she's always wanted to feel like she is enough, those are both things that I strugggle with often too so I could totally get how she felt. One of my favorite things about this book was that reading it felt like a return vacation to a favorite destination and getting to hang out with some of my favorite people. Every time an old friend from Deep Haven made an appearance in this book it brought a huge smile to my face and giddy joy to my heart! I absolutely and completely loved this book from start to finish and most highly recommend it! I can't wait for the next book in the Deep Haven Collection. With Still the One Rachel D. Russell has penned an engaging, soul-stirring, and heart-melting debut that will delight and enchant Deep Haven fans and new readers alike. I cannot wait to read her next book! I received an ebook ARC of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Yes! Back to Deep Haven! 4.5 stars I was very intrigued when Susan may Warren announced that she was going to have new authors join her in writing Deep Haven stories. What would they be like? I was completely pulled into this story! It had the drama, romance and formula that I love in Susan's books, and so many characters from Deep Haven that I loved. I really enjoyed this author's voice and the way she told this story. I am a huge sucker for veteran stories! What really touched me was the heroines s Yes! Back to Deep Haven! 4.5 stars I was very intrigued when Susan may Warren announced that she was going to have new authors join her in writing Deep Haven stories. What would they be like? I was completely pulled into this story! It had the drama, romance and formula that I love in Susan's books, and so many characters from Deep Haven that I loved. I really enjoyed this author's voice and the way she told this story. I am a huge sucker for veteran stories! What really touched me was the heroines struggle with her own feelings of being unworthy, man that hit home for me. A struggle I'm sure many have and told in a way that gives such hope. I read this while on vacation, tucked into a cabin, it was perfect! This story is a type of second chance romance that pulled at my emotions and I really enjoyed it! I recieved a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are honest and completely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    What’s the only thing better than a great book? A new one set in the same town, where the new characters mingle with the former ones. What’s even better than that? When a new series follows an old favorite series so that there’s a whole new cast of characters melding with the others, extending the setting, the excitement, and the fun of the original. That’s exactly what Susan May Warren has done with her amazing Deep Haven series – and it’s fabulous! With a few newish writers, Warren is publishing What’s the only thing better than a great book? A new one set in the same town, where the new characters mingle with the former ones. What’s even better than that? When a new series follows an old favorite series so that there’s a whole new cast of characters melding with the others, extending the setting, the excitement, and the fun of the original. That’s exactly what Susan May Warren has done with her amazing Deep Haven series – and it’s fabulous! With a few newish writers, Warren is publishing a whole new series of books through her Sunrise Publishing House. This new series, called the Deep Haven Collection, brings readers back to Deep Haven in the very best way. Cole is retired military. He has plans with a friend and wants to get in to Deep Haven, his part-time childhood home, sell his grandfather’s house, and get out. He doesn’t expect old demons to come knocking, though. Megan is working hard to achieve her childhood dreams, but life hasn’t gone as planned. She’ll be a step closer, though, as long as nothing interferes with her schedule over the next few weeks … like a blizzard or a long-lost love. Rachel Russell nailed Susan May Warren’s unique writing style. She throws out emotional wrenches every few pages, has crafted a dreamy male lead, and tries to throw the reader off a cliff at the end of every chapter. For Warren fans, it’s a total win. What’s the only thing better than a great book? A new one set in the same town, where the new characters mingle with the former ones. What’s even better than that? When a new series follows an old favorite series so that there’s a whole new cast of characters melding with the others, extending the setting, the excitement, and the fun of the original. That’s exactly what Susan May Warren has done with her amazing Deep Haven series – and it’s fabulous! With a few newish writers, Warren is publishing a whole new series of books through her Sunrise Publishing House. This new series, called the Deep Haven Collection, brings readers back to Deep Haven in the very best way. Cole is retired military. He has plans with a friend and wants to get in to Deep Haven, his part-time childhood home, sell his grandfather’s house, and get out. He doesn’t expect old demons to come knocking, though. Megan is working hard to achieve her childhood dreams, but life hasn’t gone as planned. She’ll be a step closer, though, as long as nothing interferes with her schedule over the next few weeks … like a blizzard or a long-lost love. Rachel Russell nailed Susan May Warren’s unique writing style. She throws out emotional wrenches every few pages, has crafted a dreamy male lead, and tries to throw the reader off a cliff at the end of every chapter. For Warren fans, it’s a total win. Still the One is more than just a cute guy and perfect writing, though: it contains emotional and spiritual lessons that we can all relate to. I think I was trying to high-five Megan through my Kindle for fully half of the book. Want to be treasured? Yes. Afraid that this expectation won’t be met at some point, leaving you disappointed and, perhaps, alone? Check. (Yes, I’m married and my husband is great – but we’re people. We’re not perfect. We still disappoint each other sometimes, and I still have fears, rational or not. Most of us do, right?) Needing to learn the lessons that Megan does in this book and understand the truths she comes to see in a deeper way – yes, that’s me, too. That’s what makes Still the One such a fantastic and memorable story. It’s that you want to befriend the characters and help with their problems, only you realize that their story is your own. The excitement generated by the writing style and the fun presence of beloved characters from past books are the sprinkles on top of a story that would be great, no matter where it was set. Being in Deep Haven just makes it that much better. I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    How is it possible to feel like I've returned home when I've never even been to Deep Haven? Maybe it's because of the community Susan May Warren has created and the way Rachel D. Russell has jumped in to add more with Still The One. Being a Minnesota gal, this story absolutely resonated with me. In fact, I read it specifically because I'm from there. I have to tell you, Rachel had me longing for home. I know, I know, you want to hear about the story and the people, but let me get this out of my s How is it possible to feel like I've returned home when I've never even been to Deep Haven? Maybe it's because of the community Susan May Warren has created and the way Rachel D. Russell has jumped in to add more with Still The One. Being a Minnesota gal, this story absolutely resonated with me. In fact, I read it specifically because I'm from there. I have to tell you, Rachel had me longing for home. I know, I know, you want to hear about the story and the people, but let me get this out of my system first. HA! Rachel embodied the life and people of Minnesota in Still the One. If you want to know what people are like and what winters might be like, this book will give it to you in spades! I lived in a small town and she captured the community perfectly. Neighbors looking out for each other. People plowing driveways and shoveling sidewalks for others. It's just how we do things. Our small town folks rally alongside one another. I did miss seeing an "ope" here and there. ha ha ha Kidding! Alrighty, let's talk about the story shall we? Megan reminded me of a typical Minnesota woman. She's fierce and determined. She's a woman who is ready to take care of business. Single moms know that if something is going to get done, they're the one who needs to do it. For Megan though, it seems it can be to her detriment. Then there's Cole. Shall we take a collective sigh before we discuss him? S-I-G-H... Cole is a man's man and on a mission to sell his grandfather's house and be on his way. Rachel describes him in such a way, through Megan thank you very much, that you can't help but know he's well chiseled and looks spectacular in a Henley. He also comes along with a lot of baggage from losing his parents to foster care and then his first marriage. This fella came in like a hot mess. For me, some of the best stories are the ones with fantastic supporting characters and this one was chock full of them! Those supporting characters are what bring the small town vibe to life! Everyone is invested in each other and that comes out wonderfully in this story. I also appreciated that there weren't long and winding misunderstandings. I've had it up to here (imagine my hand under my chin) with drawn out, unbelievable ones that make you roll your eyes. In Still the One, Megan and Cole talk things out and don't live in the world of assumptions. That being said, whew, the tension between Megan and Cole starts when they realize who each other is again after all these years. Cole is selling his grandfather's house, but the problem is, Megan and her son, Josh, live in the garage apartment and she does NOT want to move. To say that Cole's plans derail is putting it mildly. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am already set to go back to Deep Haven. I do feel like an outsider since I haven't read all of Susan May Warren's stories set in this series. Now I have to go back and read them so I'm even more familiar with the people and the town. Trust me, you'll want to read them, too. This town will pull you in and you'll never want to leave. *I received this book from the publisher. This is my personal opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristie Ingerto

    "Still the One" is book #1 in the Deep Haven Collection and it is such a sweet return to the town of Deep Haven. Reading this book felt like coming home and it was so easy to get caught right back up with the locals. Cole left town years ago, not on good terms, and he is not thrilled about having to return. However, he is the one who has to deal with his grandfather's house, and he wants to get it on the market and sold as quickly as possible. However, he was not prepared to have to evict a tena "Still the One" is book #1 in the Deep Haven Collection and it is such a sweet return to the town of Deep Haven. Reading this book felt like coming home and it was so easy to get caught right back up with the locals. Cole left town years ago, not on good terms, and he is not thrilled about having to return. However, he is the one who has to deal with his grandfather's house, and he wants to get it on the market and sold as quickly as possible. However, he was not prepared to have to evict a tenant out of the garage apartment and was definitely not prepared to have it be Megan, a friend from his past. Growing up Cole spent some summers in Deep Haven, and they were happy times and much of that time was spent with Megan. However, things had changed when he had to move in with his grandfather and the scars from when he was fourteen are still very much there. Megan is trying to provide for herself and her son and is so close to reaching a few goals in her life with her business and for herself and son; getting evicted will not be a help at all. Immediately, and much to his surprise, Cole is welcomed back to town. (I was not surprised knowing the Christensen family!) However much Cole resists, he cannot help it and gets drawn into the town and especially into Megan's life as he bonds with her son and also helps her with a wedding she is planning. Forgiveness is such a big piece to this story as is grace and family. While Cole and Megan are the main characters, the other characters play such big roles, especially Ivy and Casper to just name a few. Their friendships, their stories with their spouses and how they got to where they are now with their family, the heart of the town and the support they all give to each other is so important to this story. If you have read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen family stories, this book and the upcoming ones in this series are a must-read. In all honesty, I was not sure how this was going to be given that the book is not actually written by Susan May Warren, but no worries, it seamlessly fits and it is a wonderful return to Deep Haven. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    STILL THE ONE brings a cast of favorite characters back in the spotlight as a new author visits Deep Haven, the town that Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family series was set in. The two main characters this spin-off centers on are just as complex, relatable and easy to fall in love with as prior characters. The setting is all small-town where everyone is in each other's business and it's charming. Recommended to fans of Susan May Warren, and stories that pull on your heart, uplift and cause a STILL THE ONE brings a cast of favorite characters back in the spotlight as a new author visits Deep Haven, the town that Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family series was set in. The two main characters this spin-off centers on are just as complex, relatable and easy to fall in love with as prior characters. The setting is all small-town where everyone is in each other's business and it's charming. Recommended to fans of Susan May Warren, and stories that pull on your heart, uplift and cause a few instances of swooning. The meet-cute at the start of this story was just perfect! Of course, everything gets all messed up and these two characters have to figure out what they want and what they'll do to get it before it's all said and done. Megan has a lot on her plate as a single mother. She's trying to purchase her dream location for weddings and give her son all she thinks he needs. She's good at what she does as a wedding planner, but is also a good friend and a great mom. She, like most people, has some regrets but she pushes forward with what she has. Cole is this rugged, handsome ex-Ranger who is on his way to a new job possibility and just trying to cross some things off his list. He doesn't have roots and had a tough time after his parents died when he was a young teen, but has made a good life for himself. They both struggle with feeling loved and enough, and they've struggled a bit in their faith as well. They make for a good couple, if they could figure out how to make things work. I really liked both Cole and Megan, but I also really liked Megan's son who brings so much to this story! The romance is fun and sweet with plenty of tension (romantic and otherwise). I liked all the cameos of prior characters as well as how involved this town is in everyone's lives. There was a strong message of forgiveness and accepting that each of us is never enough on our own, but God sees and loves us regardless. I did feel like there was a certain spark missing with the romance. There was chemistry, but I think I was missing a bit more in the dialogue between Megan and Cole. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a delightful story full of heart, great characters, lessons of faith and a sweet romance. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    What a joy it is to return to Deep Haven! Rachel D. Russell does a marvelous job of keeping the "feel" of Deep Haven while welcoming new readers in. Cole and Megan were best friends as children - until tragedy upended Cole's life, and he ended up in a series of foster homes. They finally meet again when Cole returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather's home ... and he learns that Megan is the tenant he plans to evict from the garage apartment. While the book focuses on Cole and Megan, several c What a joy it is to return to Deep Haven! Rachel D. Russell does a marvelous job of keeping the "feel" of Deep Haven while welcoming new readers in. Cole and Megan were best friends as children - until tragedy upended Cole's life, and he ended up in a series of foster homes. They finally meet again when Cole returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather's home ... and he learns that Megan is the tenant he plans to evict from the garage apartment. While the book focuses on Cole and Megan, several characters from other Deep Haven novels make appearances, and Derek & Ivy and Casper & Raina Christiansen all feature heavily in the novel. Longtime fans of Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen Family novels will love this return to that world, while newcomers will encounter a town - and people - full of heart. (They'll also probably want to get their hands on the other books ASAP!) I highly recommend Still the One and eagerly anticipate future novels in the Deep Haven Collection. 4-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    STILL THE ONE by Rachel D. Russell & Susan May Warren 4.5 stars 🌹I’m really loving these new Deep Haven series. I like that the people in this town cares for it's residents. Cole and Megan have been childhood friends and so rekindling their friendship upon Cole’s return is easy. Their separate life experiences shaped who they are today. Their story is of redemption and forgiveness. To let go of the past and to learn how to trust God and each other. I enjoyed the dialogues a lot, the fun camarade STILL THE ONE by Rachel D. Russell & Susan May Warren 4.5 stars 🌹I’m really loving these new Deep Haven series. I like that the people in this town cares for it's residents. Cole and Megan have been childhood friends and so rekindling their friendship upon Cole’s return is easy. Their separate life experiences shaped who they are today. Their story is of redemption and forgiveness. To let go of the past and to learn how to trust God and each other. I enjoyed the dialogues a lot, the fun camaraderie and caring friends. I love that they both have their own POV’s. I can feel their struggles and indecisions. I'm thankful for their nosy but helpful friends. I look forward to the next one in the series. ❤️ Thank you Sunrise Publishing for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol R.

    Best-selling author Susan May Warren and debut author Rachel D. Russell take readers back to the tightly-knit community of Deep Haven, Minnesota, with this new inspirational contemporary romance series. In Still the One, former Army ranger Cole Barrett and wedding planner Megan Carter are childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in years. Cole returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather’s house to pay for his grandfather’s medical expenses. Megan is renting the apartment above the garage, Best-selling author Susan May Warren and debut author Rachel D. Russell take readers back to the tightly-knit community of Deep Haven, Minnesota, with this new inspirational contemporary romance series. In Still the One, former Army ranger Cole Barrett and wedding planner Megan Carter are childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in years. Cole returns to Deep Haven to sell his grandfather’s house to pay for his grandfather’s medical expenses. Megan is renting the apartment above the garage, so Cole’s plans affect her and her son. Cole just wants to get it sold fast, so he can leave Deep Haven as quickly as possible. Megan just wants to save enough money to buy the Black Spruce B&B and turn it into a wedding venue. Will they find healing and hope together? This is Rachel Russell’s debut novel, and she shows great promise, with her relatable characters, faith elements, and descriptive narratives. Susan May Warren provides the setting: Deep Haven, MN where “the winters are cold, the kids are smart, the women are strong, and the men are handsome” (or something like that). Fans of Warren’s Deep Haven series will welcome cameos of their favorite Deep Haven characters. The themes in Still the One are childhood abuse (Cole’s past), broken pasts, forgiveness, and second chances. Kudos to Warren for this idea -- a return to Deep Haven will be enjoyed by her current fans, as well as new ones. I, for one, can not wait for the next book in this series -- and for the next book by Russell! Recommended for adult readers and Susan May Warren fans, especially those who loved her Christensen family series. Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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