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STILL THE ONE (Deep Haven Collection #1) by Rachel D. Russell and Susan May Warren, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Megan Carter, all grown up, was a knock0ut."

Oblivious to former Army Ranger and childhood best friend Cole Barrett's silent musings, Megan's wedding planner and single mom mind was tracking in a totally different direction. Obviously, because in spite of herself she spouts out, "So you're the one trying to ruin my life". And there you have it . . . an epic conundrum . . . what Cole must sell, Megan needs to survive. Cole never planned on returning to Deep Haven in the first place, but now he has to decide whether or not he intends to stay. Just as you might expect, happily-ever-afters are often accompanied by gigantic hiccups.

"Restore us."

Amazing! With its fluid, instantaneous connections to all of Deep Haven's special memories . . . the people, the places, the sports, the eateries, the weather, the challenges, the triumphs . . . the romance!!!! . . . especially the romance! . . . that readers hold dear, it was hard to believe that a slightly different voice was commandeering the story. The narrative flowed effortlessly with charm, challenge and clever use of first sentences at the beginning of every chapter. What an outstanding first novel in what is guaranteed to be a delightful spin-off series.

"You've got mad skills with the twinkle lights." 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 


BackCover Blurb:
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.

Sunrise Publishing, January, 2021

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