Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – Still the One

About the book

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 to 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.

My Review

Still the One is an amazing novel, I really appreciated the opportunity to return to one of my favorite fictional towns, Deep Haven. Rachel Russell has done an excellent job at continuing the saga about this town and it’s charming residents.

Cole Barrett is a fine hero. He’s an ex Ranger and is looking for a new job. In the meantime, he’s returned to Deep Haven to sell his grandpa’s home, and put to rest some issues from his past.

What a surprise when he meets up with Megan, his best friend from childhood days. And what a coincidence that she turns out to be the tenant he has to evict to sell his home.

Both Cole and Megan have some issues to deal with, things that keep them from being able to move on into a new relationship.

Cole’s relationship with his grandpa left him wounded and hurt, and was a lot of the reason he left and joined the army. To top it all off, he had a failed marriage, and this story finds him in a place where he is unable to really trust anyone.

Megan has her son Josh to think of. Bad choices landed her where she is, and then she was abandoned by everyone she loved.  This means she also has a hard time believing people mean what they say, and really trusting anyone to be there for her.

Because of these issues, the author is able to portray some deep, underlying truths that point us to God’s unconditional love for us. And this story really points us to a deeper relationship with God, and I just loved that.

I enjoyed reading about some past characters and seeing them alive and well in their little town of Deep Haven.

This is a debut novel, but it is so very well written.

If you’ve loved Susan May Warren’s characters, or if you’re a fan of her fictional town of Deep Haven, you won’t want to miss this one!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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

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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