The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Hayden Lushcombe 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 organised 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.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

From the very first page I could tell I was going to enjoy this book, which sounds a little far-fetched but the author’s style of writing and detail drew me in almost instantaneously. The first few pages are set in a hospital, where we learn that our main character Hayden Lushcombe is a paediatrician. From working in a hospital, I understand quite a lot of the terminology so this book took me by surprise and I immediately felt comfortable with it. Little did I know that a few more pages in and I’d be completely hooked!

I absolutely adored our main character, Hayden Lushcombe. He’s an incredibly caring and brilliant paediatrician who I thought deserved whatever greatness was thrown at him. We meet Hayden’s wife, Bernadette, who is in the PR business. I started to form a negative opinion about this character quite soon after being introduced to her and boy, was I right! She made my blood boil so much!

Hayden flees to his childhood home in Walhalla, south Australia, after we find out his marriage and career have started to collapse where we meet two characters in Walhalla called Isabelle and Genevieve. Isabelle is an artisan baker and Genevieve is her daughter who we learn has impaired hearing. Genevieve was my favourite character in this book, I loved her humour and cheeky attitude the most, she brought such joy and a smile to my face. Soon we learn that Hayden and Isabelle knew one another from when they were younger. I enjoyed reading each scene they were in together and loved how their feelings started to blossom for one another and slowly saw how they started to let their walls break down.

We are also met by Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Crowley’s perspective in this book. Mitch is Genevieve’s father, who we learn has been in jail and out of the family picture for a very long time, but very soon it’s time for him to be released from jail. We learn quite early on that Mitch is going to ignore the court orders he receives and try to find his daughter which is sure to create suspense and a little thrill to the plot. This whole books was written superbly but I especially thought that this scene was well-written and had me on the edge of my seat with worry. This book is filled with different twists and turns which were quite predictable at times, however I didn’t mind as I was enjoying the story so much.

Although the book came together perfectly at the end I really didn’t want the story to finish. I would love to read more about the town of Walhalla, Hayden, Isabelle and Genevieve. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance books with a hint of suspense. I look forward to reading more of Dean Mayes material in the future.

Have you read The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,


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