I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on Sep 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains, where he finds his childhood home falling apart. With nothing to return to, he stays, and begins to pick up the pieces of his life by fixing up the house his parents left behind.
A chance encounter with a precocious and deaf young girl introduces Hayden to Isabelle Sampi, a struggling artisan baker. While single-handedly raising her daughter, and trying to resurrect a bakery, Isabelle has no time for matters of the heart. Yet the presence of the handsome doctor challenges her resolve. Likewise, Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, finds something in Isabelle that awakens dormant feelings of his own.
As their attraction grows, and the past threatens their chance at happiness, both Hayden and Isabelle will have to confront long-buried truths if they are ever to embrace a future.
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 deaf child, Genevieve and her mother, Isabelle, the town baker. Could this move and the chance meeting between him and Isabelle be the start of a fresh life for Hayden?
Hayden is such an awesome character. You can see his love for his patients and the pride he takes in his work. He is a pretty brilliant doctor in his field, but where he is successful at work, his marriage is almost the opposite. He can’t seem to do anything right to please his wife, Bernadette. I feel sorry for him being married to a woman who never seems to appreciate him. Hayden is a good man and his wife is so unsupportive. When Hayden goes back to his childhood home in Walhalla, he is able to finally be himself and reconnect with the past and the troubling times he had with his father prior to his death. It is nice to see that Hayden can finally feel like a man capable of doing so many things that his wife never appreciated.
Isabelle has a tragic past. One she ran far away from. Living in Walhalla with her deaf daughter, Genevieve affords her the ability to do what she loves most, baking. She is a do-it-yourself kind of women and rarely relies on others to help her. Isabelle is a strong independent women just trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She is really not looking for a relationship, as her last one is the reason why she ran. When she meets Hayden, she remembers him from when they were children. Isabelle was not very nice to him back then, but he is an attractive man now. One she feels drawn to even though she doesn’t want to be.
I love stories featuring a small town where everyone knows each other and everyone is treated as family. Growing up in a city, you really do not have that here at all where I live. So, it is nice to feel all the love and warmth coming from a small town and its residents. Everyone watches out for each other. The romance between Hayden and Isabelle did not feel rushed at all. They took the time to get to know one another before taking it a step further. It is just a feel good sweet romance that I really treasured. There is some suspense thrown into the mix which I felt lent an air of believability and really progressed the story. I could feel my heart pounding as the story took a turn and I felt that it wrapped up rather nicely while staying true to the heart of the story.
The Artisan Heart is a feel good heartwarming story with characters I have grown to love. The story moves at a nice pace affording me the opportunity to really connect with each of the characters and life in a small town. It is a wonderful beach read where you can relax and enjoy entering the world of Hayden and Isabelle and rooting for their happily ever after. I also would like to add how beautiful the cover is! It is warm and inviting and gives you that small hometown feel.