Monday, January 25, 2021

"Still The One" - a sweet return to Deep Haven


"Still the One" is book #1 in the Deep Haven Collection and it is such a sweet return to the town of Deep Haven.  Reading this book felt like coming home and it was so easy to get caught right back up with the locals.  

Cole left town years ago, not on good terms, and he is not thrilled about having to return.  However, he is the one who has to deal with his grandfather's house, and he wants to get it on the market and sold as quickly as possible.  However, he was not prepared to have to evict a tenant out of the garage apartment and was definitely not prepared to have it be Megan, a friend from his past.  Growing up Cole spent some summers in Deep Haven, and they were happy times and much of that time was spent with Megan.  However, things had changed when he had to move in with his grandfather and the scars from when he was fourteen are still very much there.  Megan is trying to provide for herself and her son and is so close to reaching a few goals in her life with her business and for herself and son; getting evicted will not be a help at all.  

Immediately, and much to his surprise, Cole is welcomed back to town. (I was not surprised knowing the Christensen family!)  However much Cole resists, he cannot help it and gets drawn into the town and especially into Megan's life as he bonds with her son and also helps her with a wedding she is planning.  Forgiveness is such a big piece to this story as is grace and family.  While Cole and Megan are the main characters, the other characters play such big roles, especially Ivy and Casper to just name a few.  Their friendships, their stories with their spouses and how they got to where they are now with their family, the heart of the town and the support they all give to each other is so important to this story.  

If you have read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen family stories, this book and the upcoming ones in this series are a must-read.  In all honesty, I was not sure how this was going to be given that the book is not actually written by Susan May Warren, but no worries, it seamlessly fits and it is a wonderful return to Deep Haven.  

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.*

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