Dakota Brenton, owner of Birch Peak Adventures travels the world, living for his next adventure while his family and beloved dog, Ginger, keep his roots planted in the soil of Maplehaven, Vermont. Dakota has never felt the pull to be tied down to one place or person. He’s a free spirit, his other, Chenoa “Chennie” Brenton, confirms, when Dakota told his father that he would not be working the family business, Brenton Sawmill. He needed to be outside, as the land always called to him. Dakota always thought there wouldn’t ever be a woman who would have power over him to control him. Until he laid eyes on the beautiful Miss Greenstead, his godson’s fourth grade teacher. He had never had anyone present a challenge to him, until her.
Leah Greenstead moved to Maplehaven, Vermont from New York City to get away from the past and start over, somewhere safe, and quiet. She loves her job as a teacher, and her unique style of dress and teaching makes her a favorite of the whole school. Leah did not want to get involved with a man, especially one like Dakota Brenton. His persistence and amazing good looks brought back feelings she hasn’t felt in years and Leah didn’t know if she was ready to feel those again. Will Leah be able to confront her past and let someone new in?
Dakota Brenton is a gorgeous, talented, kindhearted man that you cannot get enough of. His passion for exploration, his family, his dog, Maplehaven and Leah pulls you into the story, compelling you to understand his feelings and experience them with him. Just don’t judge him by his ruggedness and all things outdoors, there is more to Dakota that might surprise you and just like Leah, you can’t say no to this man!!!
Leah Greenstead is a quirky, talented, and complex woman who has been through some very traumatic events, leading her to Maplehaven. Her quirkiness is what pulls you in to connect with her and her inner child that she shows off in the most unique ways. You can feel Leah’s pull to her own adventure with Dakota, even though internally she is conflicted with her past. The connection I made with her quirkiness and her all things nerd, will put her as one of my all-time favorite characters!!! Leah is definitely my book BFF!!
One Kind Heart by Christine DePetrillo is a MUST READ FOR AUGUST 2020!!!! This amazing story is full of life, from the beautiful small town of Maplehaven to the complexity of the characters. It will draw you in, searching for your own adventure, small town beauty, and Dakota!!!
Trigger Warning: the story does contain content that could be set off personal triggers.
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