Still the One Review and Giveaway!

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Still the One JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Still the One by Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Still the One

Title: Still the One

Series: Deep Haven Collection #1

Author: Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

It’s never too late to finish a love story… 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.

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Susan May Warren presents Rachel D. Russell

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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Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

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Rachel Russell takes readers back to a familiar place so easily, that you feel as if you’ve never left. Deep Haven is a town I want to visit, even though I hate the cold and snow! That’s how welcoming it is. It’s like a cozy warm blanket during a snowstorm. I mean, I could certainly understand why Cole didn’t want to stick around (aside from his deep wounded past), but boy does Deep Haven make you change your mind real quick.

I’m all for a good love story, and trust me when I say this is a GREAT love story, but Cole’s character really was the shining moment in this read for me. Like I mentioned, he had this wounded past, and with his grandfather in the state of mind that he was, I just wasn’t sure how it would progress, and Cole would get the character growth he needed and deserved. Russell wrote the scenes with Cole and his grandfather so well, so realistic, and full of emotion. I certainly don’t want to put in any spoilers, but Cole starts seeing little snippets of his grandfather’s true feelings, and it really just got to me. There is an important part of the book where a secondary character reminds Cole that sometimes life happens, and you don’t get the chance to apologize (or forgive) before it’s too late. That scene was so tender and moving. I didn’t expect a contemporary romance to really go this deep, but for me it did and it totally worked.

For those of you wondering, yes there is kissing (fan anyone?), romance, swoony moments, and even a couple of gasping moments. And I loved all of that, I did. But the heart of the story for me was Cole’s journey. It just really touched me heart! I highly recommend reading this book. Warren fans will love the story, the writing style, all of it really. Russell is a gifted author that I hope we see more from in the future. I know I’ll be watching for what’s next!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Still the One ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Still the One JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 18, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 25, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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7 responses to “Still the One Review and Giveaway!

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Still the One” and for being part of the JustRead Publicity Tours blog tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one I would greatly enjoy reading. It’s now on my TBR list.

  2. Linda Moffitt

    Thank You for Sharing your Review With Us and For Being on the Still The One Book Tour, it really sounds like a Great Read.