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Still the One (Deep Haven Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
“It’s not hard, Ranger. You’ve jumped out of planes, right? Planned assaults?”
He stared at her, his eyes wide. “I don’t think that should be used against me.”
“You can sneak into enemy territory and take out a target, and yet you can’t tell a groom where to stand his ground and the bride when to deploy?
The last thing he wants to do is return home.
Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Deep Haven holds the hurts of physical abuse at the hands of his grandfather, a man now in a memory care facility with dementia. 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.
She’s waited years for her first love to return.
Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter is no stranger to 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 enough money 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. After using part of her intended down payment to cover his hockey fees, she’s behind on her Black Spruce funds and only has thirty days to come up with four thousand dollars.
Still, she’s oh, so close…until her childhood friend-slash-crush, Cole Barrett, returns to Deep Haven. Unfortunately, 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.
Maybe it’s never too late to finish a love story…
When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. But 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.
About the Authors:
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 www.susanmaywarren.com.
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 www.racheldrussell.com.
Want more of Deep Haven?
Book 1: Still the One
Book 2: Can’t Buy Me Love
Book 3: Crazy for You (May 2021)
Book 4: Then Came You (July 2021)
Book 5: Hangin' by a Moment (Sept 2021)
Book 6: Right Here Waiting (Nov 2021)
Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren
Book 1: Happily Ever After
Book 2: Tying the Knot
Book 3: The Perfect Match
Book 4: My Foolish Heart
Book 5: Hook, Line, & Sinker (ebook novella)
Book 6: You Don’t Know Me
Book 7: The Shadow of Your Smile
The Christiansen Family Collection by Susan May Warren
Book 1: Take a Chance on Me
Book 2: It Had to Be You
Book 3: When I Fall in Love
Book 4: Always on My Mind
Book 5: The Wonder of You
Book 6: You’re the One That I Want
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- ASIN : B08J9DDZDZ
- Publisher : Sunrise Publishing (January 12, 2021)
- Publication date : January 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3535 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1953783015
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cole was an army ranger after years in the foster care system, following the death of his parents and an abusive year with his grandfather. Meghan stayed in their small town and fell for bad boy who did the “love her ‘n leave her routine. She’s got a 8 year old son; him a grandfather with Alzheimer’s.
“Still the One” is a story about coming home, forgiveness, returning to God. Author, Susan May Warren, is well known in this genre for homespun characters and plausible situations. She partnered with Rachel D. Russell for this romantic adventure. This book could easily be about folks you know, in a chilly place you live. Good dialogue and prose accompany excellent editing to complete this first volume of a new series📚
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.
I love Susan May Warren's books and this Deep Haven series, so when I heard this was happening, I knew I wanted to read these books.
Rachel D. Russell is a wonderful new author, and her style of writing matches beautifully with all the past Deep Haven books. I simply couldn’t find anything that was different. I wanted to keep reading and reading, not wanting to put the book down.
Rachel D. Russell’s writing had humor, fun, and yet, deep beautiful touching moments. There was a time I actually cried while reading it. I found wonderful life lessons of the love of God, woven in such a way that it is real and not fake or pushed.
This story included many of the past Deep Haven characters, so it truly was like coming back home after a long time of being gone.
I highly recommend you pick this book up and start reading more of the community from Deep Haven. It will touch your heart in many ways!
However, it's not just the setting I loved, or even familiar, beloved characters like the Christiansens, although that helped, too. Rachel Russell in particular made a splash with her debut and proved she could bring Deep Haven to life with characters and plots of her own. Cole and Megan are "classic" Susan May Warren archetypes, especially Cole the Army Ranger (because Susie writes a lot of military guys). But they're also multifaceted individuals. Megan is not just a single mom, but also a dedicated wedding planner, a creative soul, and an excellent baker (Heaven help my waistline just reading about those cookies). Cole is not only an Army Ranger, but a tenderhearted soul perfect for the roles of husband and father, a guy who's great in a crisis, and a guy who's as creative as Megan, just in different ways and situations. These two are perfect for each other in a realistic, "we can do life together" way, not a gooey-sweet way.
I also enjoyed how Megan and Cole were so humanly flawed. That's not to say I love or excuse their actions. Megan could be immature or flaky at times, and Cole got so dense near the end, it drove me up a wall. But the key is, these people recognize their flaws. They plumb the depths to find out where those flaws come from and how they influence their behavior, and they try to do better. More than that, Megan and especially Cole learn, in real time, how to rely on God so He can shape them into better people.
The spiritual threads here are great, and I love how they tie so beautifully into the characters' lives and circumstances. For instance, Cole does have a key scene in a hospital chapel, but it's not until he's at the care center watching his grandpa struggle and looking back at his childhood, that he understands how important a relationship with Jesus is. Megan is kind of a shaky believer, but it's not until she sees God working in her wedding planning business, her love life, and other areas that she truly gets the concept, "God loves me." I think we can all relate to that--I know I could.
Again, I loved getting reacquainted with some former Deep Haven characters, and meeting some new ones, too. Rachel created a great kid character in Josh Carter, a classic nine-year-old who is "all boy" but still young enough to hug his mom. He's mature enough to offer forgiveness, but canny enough to insist on a push-up battle for it. :) I also enjoyed the recurring roles of Ivy and Raina Christiansen, who have both grown by leaps and bounds since their respective books.
In a shorter novel like this, the smaller scenes all need to work together to make things pop, and pop they do. For instance, I knew Cole was a hero, but he didn't become swoon-worthy to me until he purposely pointed out his house's defects. I enjoyed seeing Megan's wedding planning, and actually would've liked more, but particularly liked the moments when she would take time to get to know her brides. I remembered that almost everyone in Deep Haven loves hockey, but seeing games and practices through Josh's eyes, and the eyes of a dedicated hockey mom, made that fresh. I even liked the scenes where Megan and Cole were on the outs, because hallelujah, they didn't give in to the silly misunderstanding trope. Instead, it made perfect sense for them to act and react as they did, which just made the reconciliation sweeter.
As noted, I'd have liked to see more of some things, like the wedding planning. I also thought Rachel could've gone deeper with Cole's spiritual thread, because she mentions Rebecca broke up with him after becoming a Christian and then--cheating on Cole with a guy at church. *That* is something you don't see every day. It's a daring choice and worthy of development, but I didn't see much of it. Additionally, I wouldn't have minded seeing less or more of David. He didn't seem to be in the story enough to warrant how much weight Cole seemed to give his opinions. But because of that weight, David almost seemed to be in the story too much. Maybe if Cole had another Deep Haven guy friend or mentor instead, ex-military or civilian?
Well, anyway, those are small issues and again, they might just be me because I have a writer's eye. Overall, Still the One proves Deep Haven is still one of the best locales in fiction, with the best people and best authors. I'm already looking forward to the rest of the collection.