There’s been a whole lot going on in the Evie Snow household. Most of it involves a lot of international travel and a great big house move. We’ll tell you all about that in a couple of days. But what we’d like to focus on today is telling you about how excited we were to finally meet the lovely Dean Mayes in person after being friends with him for years and loving his books just as long.

Dean has just released The Artisan Heart, the latest in a string of unforgettable novels that are made even more fascinating by the way he incorporates his day-job as an intensive care nurse into his writing. When we caught up, it was so interesting to hear Dean talk about his work and there were a few absolutely heart-wrenching and beautiful stories he shared that we hope he incorporates into his future books!

George was lucky enough to be a beta-reader for The Artisan Heart. (For anyone who’s wondering what that is, a beta-reader is someone who reads a book before it’s published and gives the author feedback.) Reading it the first time was a joy, reading it the second time yesterday while sitting on a sunny beach was even better! (The sunburn was worth it!)

For anyone who wants to have their own little escapist moment to the Australian country town, Walhalla, just click on the link below. 

About The Artisan Heart

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.