The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes release date 01/09/2018
Hayden Luschcombe is a brilliant pediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending his wife’s lavish parties.
When a betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden ﬂees. His destination is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains. With his city life in ruins, he stays, and picks up the pieces of his life by ﬁxing up the home his parents left behind.
A chance encounter with a 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. Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, ﬁnds something 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.
Featuring a strong female lead, THE ARTISAN HEART captures the essence of small town romance by bypassing the norms of gender roles, and beautifully portrays a second chance at love, all snuggled in the valley of a picturesque Australian mountain village.
PRAISE FOR DEAN MAYES “Mayes’s characters inspire sympathy, and I kept reading to learn more about them.” ~ San Francisco Book Review (Gifts of the Peramangk)
“Dean Mayes clearly cares deeply about his characters, and his dedication to them shines through. I highly recommend this tale.” ~ Long and Short Reviews (Gifts of the Peramangk)
“…a great read that was fascinating medically and had great character development…” ~ Manhattan Book Review (The Recipient)
About The Author: Dean Mayes
Emerging in 2010 as a self professed “late bloomer”, Adelaide based Intensive Care Nurse and author Dean Mayes, had almost given up on the prospect of ever being published by the time he was in his mid 30’s. But Dean had an idea for a story that he wanted to tell and, rather than allow it to wither and die in his imagination, he decided to blog the story.
Quite unexpectedly, the blog took off as a rapidly growing audience “tuned in” to Dean’s dream like tale of a young man who discovers he has taken on the memories and dreams of a complete stranger in the aftermath of a near fatal drug overdose.
Following a chance meeting with Canadian based publisher Central Avenue in mid 2009, Dean was signed by Creative Director Michelle Halket to an initial two year contract. In 2010, Dean’s humble blog became his début novel “The Hambledown Dream” – a lyrical and moving romance about a young man’s journey on both sides of mortality. The novel has since gone on to receive global attention and critical acclaim.
Dean set about penning a follow up novel that was not merely a repeat performance. After 2 years of meticulous research, Central Avenue Publishing released the powerful Australian family drama “Gifts of the Peramangk” in October 2012. Chronicling a dysfunctional Aboriginal family in the struggle streets of Adelaide’s suburban fringe, “Gifts of the Peramangk” has been described as significant literary achievement. In October 2013, it was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious EPIC Awards for contemporary fiction.
A third project, an experimental sci-fi novella entitled “The Regenesis Cluster”, was released in 2013. Dean describes this piece as an exploration of death and life, an artistic interpretation of reincarnation using words. Also in 2013, Dean participated in the landmark anthology “Tales of Australia – Great Southern Land” – a show case of this country’s finest independent voices. Dean’s short story “This Corner Of The Earth” is described as a love letter to his childhood home town.
Dean’s third feature length novel, a psychological thriller set in Melbourne called “The Recipient” was released on May 1st 2016.
He lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily, their two children Xavier and Lucy. He can often be found lying on a hospital gurney at 3 in the morning with a notebook in hand, madly scribbling ideas while on break.