Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Rachel Russell: Still the One

By Kelly Bridgewater

It’s never too late to finish a love story…
Former Army Ranger Cole Barrett has a new mission objective—sell his grandfather’s house in Deep Haven, and leave the town that contains his childhood hurts for good. Unfortunately, the tenant in the garage apartment refuses 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. Hoping to purchase a local B & B and turn it into a premier event venue, she’s oh, so close to her down payment…until Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven. Even if he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, she never expected him to evict her!

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?


My Thoughts:


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.


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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