Friday, January 29, 2021

Review: "Still the One" by Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren

I've loved all of the Susan May Warren books I've read, but my favorites are the ones set in Deep Haven, Minnesota. Now, Deep Haven is back with a series written by different authors who keep the Deep Haven "feel." First up is Rachel D. Russell's Still the One.

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.

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.

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at

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Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and My Book Therapy’s Novel Academy and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. The mother of two teenagers, she often interrogates her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails. Visit Rachel at

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