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Happily Ever After

(Deep Haven #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,572 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Mona Reynolds knows exactly whom she wants to marry. The only problem is, he isn't real.

Mona's dream is about to come true. With the help of her best friend, Liza, she's transforming an old Victorian house in the lovely lakeside town of Deep Haven into the Footstep of Heaven Bookstore and Coffee Shop. If only she could swing a hammer.

Luckily for Mona, Joe Michaels—a ha
Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 13th 2003)
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Christine Indorf
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
For the last few months I've been reading thrillers, and having a lot of fun doing so, but I need to change it up. I have 4 NetGalley thrillers to do and need to get on them but I had to take a break and go back to my first love, Christian Fiction. I think I found the book I needed to read. In Happily ever after. Mona and her friend Liza buys and old run down house to make it into Mona dream bookstore. She hires Joe to be her handyman, but Jo is not what he seems. Joe main reason to come back to ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2011
Sweet and clean Christian romance set on the north shores of Lake Superior. Mona has longed to open a book store in the tourist town of Deep Haven. With her best friend she purchases a rundown Victorian home in hopes of remodeling it in time for tourist season. It doesn't take long for Mona and her friend to realize that they are going to need more help to fix the place up. Joe Michaels answers the ad for a handyman. Right off the bat there is chemistry between Mona and Joe. But each holds secre ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
I enjoy chick-lit occasionally, but I get very annoyed with Christian chick-lit. I really resent religion being forcibly sprinkled throughout what should be an enjoyable read. Come on, they look into each others' eyes and quote Bible passages? Really.
This is one of my favorite books from March so far. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, and all of Mona's trials while trying to open her bookstore were pathetically hilarious. Liza was the perfect friend for her. And, of course, Joe and Rip...
This has so much (even a villain and a strawberry farm!) between the covers that it was difficult to put down. I really guessed the "big reveal" before it was given, but the story was written in a way that I was constantly questioning whethe
Feb 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-reads
I didn't really care for this book. The characters were fake and I had a hard time relating to them. Interaction between the main characters was odd to me and the religious references seemed awkward and ill-timed. It took determination just to finish it.
Julie Graves
Mona’s dreams of opening a coffee/bookstore are about to be realized. She has just purchase an old Victorian house with every dime she has saved up for the last 10 years. Mona is stubborn and determined to do all of the work herself. She realizes after her first look at the place though that she is going to need a handyman to help her in order to get it ready for the opening of tourist season in 6 weeks.

It is not easy for Mona to hire Joe. Mona is independent and does not need any romantic entan
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
"Happily Ever After" by Susan May Warren falls prey to every stereotype in the book. It's a Christian romance and both aspects are so heavy handed the book becomes almost unbearable.
Warren's writing is interesting and the end of the book is done very well. Unfortunately I would venture to say most readers won't get past the first few pages to get to the end. I enjoyed this book as it was fluff and an easy read. The lack of reality in the Christianity of the characters I found off-putting. It see
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually give it 4 1/2 stars...It was the first of Susie's books I've read (I'm a little behind the curve), but it was phenomenally written! Contemporary fiction has to be well done to capture my attention--and she did it. Her characters were distinct and alive. The setting was familiar to me, which helped, but even if I'd never experienced Minnesota and the Great Lakes, I believe I would have felt the wind and chill of her words. Good stuff! I'll read more!
Necole Moreau
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a dream for me. I would love to live in a small town and open a bookstore. I loved every bit of this book. It really also helps you look at forgiveness and how important it is for us to be forgiving each other in order to have full peace.
Sierra Faith
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readathon
4.5 stars!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was another great book by Susan May Warren. Who doesn't love the combination of coffee and books? This book follows the adventures of our main protagonist, Mona, as she battles to remodel an old Victorian house into a coffee/bookshop. A great sit-down-and-sip book
8/10 will read again
Diane Ferbrache
Mona is finally realizing her dream of opening a bookshop with her best friend who will also sell her pottery in the store. She's found the perfect house to convert into the shop and the perfect handy-man to help with the renovations. Joe is a drifter with who is not very forthcoming about his past or the mysterious trips he takes, but he does good work and Mona is strangely drawn to him. But will he live up to her romantic ideal -- the main character in the adventure/romance novels she loves so ...more
Allison Tebo
Pros: This book was surprisingly well written. The authoresses really captured the charm of a small towns and big dreams. Unlike other authors, she has the ability to make ordinary actions and the recounting of normal days something really special. Plus, this book is set in a bookshop - what could be better?

As for the Christian message, there was some great themes on forgiveness that were really wonderful.

A touching arc between the main guy and his brother - I won't say what it was because of s
Heather Truckenmiller
I wanted to love this book, but I think chicklit is just not my favorite genre, and I'm not going to love it unless there is a mystery to be solved. :-)

This is a christian romance. For me the jump from the first chapter to the second was a little confusing, but another chapter or two in the story was clear. There are a lot of scriptures in here, and the characters pray often. I liked that. In theory at least. In application.. it seemed a little drawn out. I wished they had gotten to the conclusi
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Susan May Warren's that I've read, but it most certainly will not be my last! From the moment I let myself be immersed in Reese Clark desperately trying to flee the book signing he didn't want to be at, to the moment when "Happily Ever After" is assured, I was hooked. I love romances where the couple are friends first and love grows from there!
However, the real beauty of this story lies in its message of forgiveness and grace. The author was able to present the wondrous
There were so many things I loved about this book. I loved how the main character’s (Mona) dream was to own her a book/coffee shop (lol, how great would that be!). I got just wrapped up in the little quaint lakeside town of Deep Haven, all of the characters were realistic and likable. But what really drove home is the theme of forgiveness: forgiving others and ourselves, and receiving God awesome forgiveness poured out through His Son, Jesus! I thought every thing about this book was so well don ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a simple and nice story. The attraction between Mona and Joe was pretty instantaneous. And while I liked them, I couldn't really 'see' them fall in love. One moment they were talking to each other, thanking god for letting them meet; and the next moment both start to ruminate about their infatuation with each other. I really liked Joe’s brother Gabe, and wished there was more of him in the book. This was a good inspirational novel but where mystery and romance was concerned, I found the ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I loved this book! It had it all--romance, intrigue, believable and lovable characters, and lessons on God's forgiveness. I want to read more of this series about the people of Deep Haven, Minnesota. It rates 5 stars from me!
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Susan May Warren is such a great author! I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really like Warren as an author. This one didn't disappoint.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A friend picked this up for me at our local Public Library sale; she knew I'd like the cover :) I needed a quick, light, weekend read so this came off my TRB stack and it perfectly fit the bill. Just a sweet and inspiring story without being too sappy :)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This one took a while to get started for me. It moved pretty slow and not much excitement happened. About halfway it got much better and turned out to be a wonderful story. An oldie, but worth the read.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was just what I needed. My kids have been sick all week and I need a nice story to lose myself in. It is a Christian novel and some of the main themes of the book revolve around forgiveness and turning your life to God. It was a clean, sweet, romance, if somewhat predictable.
Jake Fraser
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm new to Warren's book and so far she hasn't disappointed! I loved the realness to these characters and whether you got frustrated at certain behaviours, it was clear to see how past wounds had caused this behaviour...I also love how Warren weaves in a bit of mystery. Two thumbs up!
Anna Marie
I want to give this one star. But I also want to give it four stars. It... is a SERIOUSLY messed up situation. But first, the plot (before I tear this to shreds):

Joe is a writer, using the pen name Reese Clark. He pretty much lives the life of his character, and writes his experiences, so he's been all over the world, doing everything from driving cattle to herding reindeer. He HATES his public life, so he often disappears into the wilderness. He also hates his personal life - his dad walked out
Phylisha Stone
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars This was my first Susan May Warren book but it won't be my last!
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since I started blogging I have been given the chance to review many books. I have found some new authors who I have fallen in love with their work. So when given the opportunity to purchase a book, or add books to my Christmas wish list I go to these authors first. Many of whom work with Litfuse Publicity that I work with regularly.

One such author is Susan May Warren, I have gotten to check out a few of her books, and a couple from the Deep Haven Series. You can check out my reviews for those a
Debbie Chilson
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Sara I
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Mona wants to start a bookstore, a place for people to read, drink coffee, and enjoy books and life. However just as she begins to see her dream form tragedy strikes and makes her doubt. Her handyman,is someone who ends up helping her God, in love, and in her dreams. But Joe has his own secrets and crushed dreams in the past. Can things work out between them when they both have things they're striving toward yet doubting they'll reach?

It's a very book themed book with a lot of fun, set
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a cute little romance but nothing special--it defines the word "hackneyed." It is merely a patch-work quilt of cliches from generic romance novels and Hallmark TV movies with an absence of creativity or any original thought. On the plus side, it was indeed a pleasant fast read, and the hero, the dog, and many of the secondary characters were well-developed and likable. On the negative side was the aforementioned unoriginal generic-romance plot and the heroine, who is a grating, self-abso ...more
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I can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the Unive

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