‘THE ARTISAN HEART‘ by DEAN MAYES
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The following morning, Hayden bounced down the cottage steps, armed with a cardboard box. He manoeuvred through the gate, paused to close it, and looked at the fence.
It had been completely repaired, with new pickets standing proudly, waiting to be painted.
Hayden shook his head and smiled, “Charlie.”
He stepped out onto the road and walked through the township, turning as the morning sun climbed into view over the eastern ridge. Despite the winter chill, its warmth bathed his face.
As he passed by the Band Rotunda, Bill Osterbrund looked up from a flowerbed at its base, where he was turning the soil. He fixed both the box and Hayden with a curious frown. “Morning, Doc.”….
…. When he first arrived in Walhalla, he would have downright cringed at being referred to by his professional title, and indeed, he was still somewhat uncomfortable with it. It had been over a month since the incident at the hospital, but he hated the memory of those last moments of being a doctor. They had soured his long and successful career. But then, the Walhalla locals had always called him “Doc” anyway, from the moment he had qualified as one.
Today, he didn’t mind so much.
‘THE ARTISAN HEART‘ – The Premise
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.
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