Then Came You by Rachel D. Russell

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


As a long-time fan of  author Susan Mary Warren, I was delighted to discover a new series developed by her and several new authors set in the all time favorite small town of Deep Haven where so many of the author’s books have taken place. It has been such fun meeting up with old favorite characters who show up throughout the pages of this series, usually to encourage the primary characters in one way or another. That has certainly been the case with Then Came You in which several familiar faces interacted with Boone and Vivian as their own story developed.

Vivacious Vivian is an actress who has returned to Deep Haven after yet another failure in her New York acting career. She hopes to prove herself by producing a local theater production but encounters one roadblock after another including more than one threatening incident.

“Hottie” Boone is a police officer who has been ordered to take some time off to chill and deal with his anger issues. Used to an active life, Boone is not looking forward to a boring summer by the lake with his assigned reading – at least not until he meets Vivian. Knowing that he will be leaving New Haven in a short time Boone attempts to resist her charm but there is just something about her that makes him feel alive.

Then Came You is a fun read, perfect for the beach or a backyard hammock. Light-hearted and humorous at times, the story includes plenty of action and romance as well as a touch of suspense. And as all Warren fans will know, there is a bit of a lesson in faith and life woven into the narrative as well. Both Vivian and Boone deal with insecurity and their journey to wholeness could be helpful to others who struggle with the same issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed Then Came You and look forward to future books in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Just Read Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Title: Then Came You

Series: Deep Haven Collection #4

Author: Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He doesn’t need any trouble. She can’t seem to escape it.

Detective Daniel “Boone” Buckam is more than burned out. After fourteen stellar years on the job, one bad judgment call—and, fine, a whole lot of cynicism—has forced him into a mandatory vacation in Deep Haven. If he can get his head on straight, there’s a job as Police Chief waiting for him back in his Minneapolis suburb. And then, he meets Vivien.

Actress Vivien Calhoun isn’t really a drama queen. Sure, she gets swept up in the emotions of life—but please, she’s an actress. Or, um, was until a stalker made her flee the bright lights of Broadway. Now, she’s passionate about directing her local theater production. But when she accidentally ropes an uptight police detective on vacation into her cast, she can’t help but wonder if he might be the leading man she’s always longed for.

Boone can’t help but like Vivien. He might even have a type—vivacious and bubbly, with a penchant for attracting danger. He can smell trouble even if she can’t, and is pretty sure her stalker has hunted her all the way to Deep Haven. He’ll have to stay by her side—even if it means being in her silly play—to keep her safe. But Vivien is more than he expected as she helps him discover a part of him he’s locked away…the part that said he could never love again.

It’s summertime in Deep Haven, and the fun is heating up in this laugh-out-loud, charming story.

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

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight August 3, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 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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Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller


i have enjoyed most, if not all of Carolyn Miller’s historical romances so as a reader who likes most genres I was delighted to learn that she has ventured into contemporary fiction as well. Regaining Mercy, a novel in Celebrate Lit’s Independence Island series, highlights a new developing romance on Elnora Island. Mindy is a young, single mother whose number one priority is to provide for her four-year-old son Jon who is unlike other children his age. Back on the island after a failed appearance on a reality TV show, Mindy struggles with a lack of confidence and a poor self image. Friends Tina and Dermott attempt to help Mindy in every possible way and also to encourage her but she often suspects their motives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially some of its characters. Tina was a true friend,   a gem of a person I’d love to have as my own friend.  And Dermott – he’s the kind of guy a woman like Mindy needs in their life – someone to build them up and who stands by their side no matter what. Mindy’s son Jon was precious and I loved reading about some of the breakthroughs in his communication with Mindy.

Regaining Mercy also has an important lesson that we need to learn as Christians. How much damage do we do to hurting people who are doing the best they can when we judge them and say unkind things about them? How many have we discouraged from a relationship with Christ by our own actions? Mindy was fortunate to have friends who did not give up on her but showed her the love and acceptance she needed.

Regaining Mercy is an excellent book that I am glad I had the opportunity to read. I highly recommend it.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Book:  Regaining Mercy

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

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A mom ready to do anything for her son. A man determined to win the woman he loves.

Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series, featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


Carolyn Miller is an Australian author of inspirational romance, particularly that of the Regency era, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love through stories that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.


Have you ever wondered what might happen if a failed TV reality star was to return home to her narrow minded community? What if she’s been tarred and feathered with disgrace?

In our world of insta-fame, selfies and fakebook, I find it fascinating that so many people are entranced by so-called reality TV, with its editing and narratives and shiny-eyed hopefuls chasing money, love and dreams. But what if it doesn’t work out? What happens next? How do you resume ‘normal life’ when you’ve been living in a very artificial world?

I enjoy writing fiction that is grounded in reality, with realistic, flawed characters who are on a God journey to find faith and freedom. My contemporary and historical novels often see characters struggle with the choices they’ve made (don’t we all?), which is exactly what single mom Mindy is dealing with.

Combine Mindy’s challenges with those faced by gardening expert, Dermott, a man whose stone wall building skills are better than his way with women, or his inability to hide his attraction to his former co-worker’s younger sister.

Regaining Mercy encourages us to see ourselves as God does, to not let the labels of the past to shape our future. Along the way, readers will enjoy the honest portrayals of family, friendship and faith.

I’m so glad people are really enjoying my new contemporary books, where I can bring my love of gardens (& my horticulturalist hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Want to see what’s growing in my garden? Check out my website – and you might even see some of my husband’s famous stone walls!

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a prodigal and the patient gardener who helps her find God’s mercy – and renewed hope for her heart.

Happy reading!





To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.