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The Artisan Heart

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Hayden Luschcombe is a brilliant paediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife Bernadette, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending the lavish parties organized by Bernadette.

When an act of betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden flees Adelaide, his life in ruins. His destination
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Katie B
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was one of those comfortable reads in which the formula is predictable but that's okay because it's exactly what I was looking for at the moment. Dr. Hayden Luschcombe flees to his childhood home in Walhalla with his career and marriage in shambles. Isabelle Sampi is struggling to get her bakery off and running and trying to raise her young deaf daughter all by herself. When the two of them meet they realize they share a past but the question is, do they share a future?

So yes, you
Veronica ⭐️

After disciplinary action at work and his marriage falling apart Hayden feels his life is spiralling out of control. He needed time to think and contemplate his future. With no family and no real friends in Adelaide he decides to return to his home town of Walhalla, in country Victoria. When he returns to the town of his youth, and the dilapidated house of his deceased parents, he is welcomed back with open arms.

Soon after Hayden arrives home he meets Isab
Another soul-destroying event beckoned – paediatrician Hayden Luschcombe was exhausted from his relentless shift but knew his wife would expect him to be there on time. Well, THAT wasn’t going to happen. The look on Bernadette’s face when he finally arrived was not a surprise to Hayden – rather it was the norm. But it was the shocking discovery after another shattering day that spurred Hayden into action. His life wasn’t his own anymore; there was nothing in Adelaide to keep him there and the ho ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The Artisan Heart is an Australian based contemporary romance novel. It is written by Dean Mayes, an author who is new to me but Mayes is an established author, he has already penned three novels. The Artisan Heart is a tender tale of second chance romance, reconnecting with your roots and starting over. It is a lovely small town tale that I enjoyed from cover to cover.

Dean Mayes places two strong leads at the centre of his novel, The Artisan Heart. Hayden,
Lily Malone
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was lovely... such a great heart-warming story with a gritty edge, and a romantic, hazy feel. How you get gritty and romantic/hazy together in one novel is a challenge, but Dean Mayes does it beautifully.
I love the start of this novel. We meet Hayden, a bike-riding doctor in the children's hospital in Adelaide. He has his own unique way of doing things in an emergency ward, but he gets away with it because he's a genius at what he does.
We meet Bernadette, Hayden's wife. She's in PR and
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is a heartwarming story that has great characters and a lovely location in Walhalla, Australia. I am not one for erotica or lovey-dovey over the top love stories, so this romance novel really hit the mark with me. It is carefully and delicately developed, giving us time to appreciate the growing feelings and attraction.

The main characters take a bit of time to come around to each other and each has their own problems that they're dealing with. Hayden is a paediatrician and his marriage has
Darlene Foster
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am already a fan of Dean Mayes and am impressed with his ability to write in diverse genres while at the same time maintaining consistent quality. This book is a wonderful read, filled with incredible characters that jump off the page. I love how the characters play off each other so well. My favourite being Genevieve, a seven-year-old deaf child with spunk. I just wanted to hug her so many times. And then there is the wonderful setting of Walhalla, a cozy Australian mountain village, which is ...more
Opens: High on the emergency-Department wall, a large digital clock flashed 6:00 p.m."

The Artisan Heart is a page turning and, at times, very gritty story set against a background of reconnecting with your roots and making a new start. Hayden is a pushbike-riding paediatrician who is so good at what he does that his sometimes unorthodox methods are overlooked. Like all ER staff he works long hours and is dedicated to his work, his patients coming first. This does not sit too well with his ambiti
The Artisan Heart is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness and community spirit. When a young child came into the hospital after being burn in the bath emergency paediatrician, Dr Hayden Luschcombe suspected something was amiss with the explanations the child parents told them. After Dr Hayden Luschcombe found his wife Bernadette in their bed with another man, he felt his life was over. The readers of The Artisan Heart will continue to follow the twist and turns to see what happens to Dr Hayden ...more
Gabriel Blake
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My wife bought this book for my birthday and what a fantastic present it was.
The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes is an outstanding novel. This was my first read of a book by this author and I'll be going back for more.

Hayden lives in Adelaide where he works as a doctor in a hospital and lives with his wife, Bernadette. When serious problems arise both at work and at home, Hayden makes his way back to his hometown, Walhalla. He takes up residence in his deceased parents once beautiful but now rundo
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARTISAN HEART is more than a sweet romance. The book starts out with lots of action - an emergency room doctor under constant stress - who returns home at night to a wife who wants him to be more upscale and more glamorous like herself. The tension increases as the doctor tries to get her approval, never realizing what the real problem is. Yet, the reader senses something brooding and lurking behind the scenes. Dean Mayes, a writer extraordinaire, keeps readers guessing as the tension mounts, un ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hayden Luschcombe is a successful pediatrician working for an inner-city children’s hospital where he spends long days and nights treating his young patients. He tries to be a good and decent husband to his wife, Bernadette, but he always falls short in her eyes. Their marriage is strained to say the least. When an unfortunate incident precedes a tragic event at work, it forced Hayden to run to his childhood home in Walhalla, a quaint small town where everyone knows everyone. Here he meets a dea ...more
Georgina Penney
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dean Mayes has outdone himself. This was such a touching, beautiful story. Further review to come...
Molly Ringle
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dean is a (long-distance) friend of mine, so admittedly I am a BIT biased here. But the reason I was drawn to him in the first place was that I loved his writing (when I read his first novel, The Hambledown Dream), and subsequently learned he was an awesome person as well, so if that's bias, I'm proud to have it.

As Dean likes to do, in another characteristic I like about him, he has switched genre yet again for this book; it's pretty much a contemporary romance, which none of his others have qui
Gem (Glimpsing Gembles Blog)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review:

Dean Mayes is an author who continues to show his talent with his latest novel, The Artisan Heart. Dean has stepped into the romance genre with this compelling book, and though this varies from his other great books, this style fits Dean perfectly.

I have a not-so-secret confession. I am not a fan of romance books. But did I enjoy this book? Yes! I definitely believe that any romance lover will be bowled over by this book, and at the same time,
Alicia Owen
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a realistic romance novel with just the right blend of drama and suspense? If you're more into Nicholas Sparks and Hallmark channel love stories as opposed to Harlequin romance novels, you'll definitely want to check out this new title from Dean Mayes.
Infidelity, new starts, and finding love in the most unexpected place, the story of Hayden could happen to anyone. While I know some people are into the whimsical, whirlwind romances, I thought this aspect of the novel made it more be
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, it had drama, romance and suspense and I found it hard to put down. I liked the way the two main characters Hayden and Isabelle helped each other to heal from past trauma. It was a really lovely story that kept me hoping for good outcomes to the different events that led them to the township of Walhalla. I also hoped that Haydens wife would get what she deserved. The township of Walhalla was just the sort of place I could imagine going to to get over my own problems, full ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
It's been ages since I read romantic suspense and I must say that this was a very pleasurable one.

Bernadette is a high-flying events planner, completely focussed on her own job with scant regard to her husband's career. As a paediatrician, Hayden hardly has a nine-to-five routine, but Bernie insists he be at her side during the parties she organises. When things reach crisis point on all fronts, Hayden leaves abruptly and heads into the Australian mountains and the place where he grew up.

Talking Books
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Artisan Heart by author Dean Mayes is a stand out read from start to finish! Hayden’s character is the type of character that you could read about forever and never tire of his antics. Full of heart, a complete sweetheart portrayal. Isabelle in all her initial prickliness warms the heart and Genie is a complete scene stealer. A small town read with a big heart feel. A read that puts a smile on your face. Five fab stars reading.
Review copy received from Central Avenue Publishing via Netgalley
I received a digital ARC of this book for reviewing from Central Avenue Publishing via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

‘The Artisan Heart’ is a heartwarming story about two people with quite some bagage who want nothing more but to find comfort with each other in the peace and quiet of Walhalla, a tiny town in Australia’s southern mountains. If you’re looking for an easy summer read with steady characters, a great setting and a storyline that keeps you int
Challa Fletcher
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A too-perfect romance that makes you remember the story is fictional.

Some guys can be too perfect; that seems like the case for our main character Hayden Luschombe. The "artisan" pediatrician who can woodwork, fix cars, fix just about anything on a house, can temper a high tension meeting and thinks of others for no apparent reason. He can forgive a childhood bully without consequence. When danger arises he is ready to go and doesn't question the sacrifice even though at that moment he has plent
Lola Et La Vie
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is a very human book. It deals with grief and relationships and finding yourself after losing your way. It never becomes fluffy or too overtly emotional. That is not to say I did not tear up at times...

The main scene for this tale is a small town in the mountains of Victoria, Australia, after our main character Hayden flees Adelaide when his marriage falls apart.

Although the book has a fairly dramatic, soap opera start, I started enjoying it much more once Hayden arrived in Walhalla. I like
Happy Booker
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Artisan Heart is a fictional story about Hayden Luschcombe. He is a married doctor who is not as happy as he should be. His wife, Adelaide is a party planner, and they both struggle to really connect just making it by. An incident separates them and causes Hayden to move. He decides, to go to Walhalla, situated in the south of Australia and introduces us to an exciting cast of characters.

Hayden meets a wonderful mother who happens to be deaf. She is a baker but struggling to succeed. The rel
Monique Mulligan
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An act of betrayal sends paediatrician Hayden Luschcombe to his childhood home, where old hurts and memories linger and two fractured hearts are slowly drawn together. A story of finding yourself and embracing the future, it was a truly enjoyable read. The Artisan Heart is gentle but with a firm edge - as warm and satisfying as the bread Bella (Hayden's unexpected love interest) bakes. In formula, it’s easy to see where this romantic tale is going, but that didn’t detract from the pleasure of be ...more
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Really slow read for me. Stopped and started many times. An ok story but needed some help, I think.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
As the story starts off we see a talented pediatrician, Hayden Luschombe, is married to Bernadette, a successful and overbearing event planner.

Dean Mayes does a superb job of giving us an insight into the stress of someone who spends a large part of their day working in a critical care unit. What I gathered early on in this love story is there was a great need for a sense of calm.

It seems Hayden couldn't catch a break. He struggles to accomplish many tasks and participate in more events in less
Gayle B
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellently written book that will play with your emotions. The characters are interesting, some are very likeable, some are despicable. There is romance, deceit, danger, and suspense. Very good descriptions of Walhalla. You will wish you were there. Just when you think all is well, the author throws you a sudden curve. This book is a page turner, plenty of suspense, so you will not be able to put it down. It is such a good book, I didn't want it to end.
Happy New Year everyone! May the year 2020 bring in more blessings and adventures. May the new decade be filled with abundance and love.

Christmas and New Year was a bit solemn for us because my brother-in-law had to be admitted to the hospital. What we suspected as just a spike in blood sugar and a slight stroke turned out to be a tumor in the brain which is blocking the fluids from draining and is growing near the brain stem. He had to undergo an operation immediately than risk a coma. Thankfu
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When he emerged in 2010, Adelaide based Intensive Care Nurse and author Dean Mayes, had almost given up on the prospect of ever being published. by then in his 30's with several abortive writing attempts under his belt, Dean believed he had missed his opportunity. But Dean had an idea for one last story he wanted to tell and, rather than allow it to wither and die in his imagination, he decided to ...more

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