Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

Ellie and the Harpmaker

Hazel Prior

Dan Hollis lives a happy, solitary life in the countryside of the English moors. On the anniversary of her father’s death, Ellie Jacobs comes across Dan’s barn. She soon realizes that Dan gives her a fresh perspective on her own life.

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A rich, heartwarming and charming debut novel that reminds us that sometimes you find love in the most unexpected places.

Dan Hollis lives a happy, solitary life carving exquisite Celtic harps in his barn in the countryside of the English moors. Here he can be himself, away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right or completely understand.

On the anniversary of her beloved father’s death, Ellie Jacobs takes a walk in the woods and comes across Dan’s barn. She is enchanted by his collection. Dan gives her a harp made of cherrywood to match her cherry socks. He stores it for her, ready for whenever she’d like to take lessons.

Ellie begins visiting Dan almost daily and quickly learns that he isn’t like other people. He makes her sandwiches precisely cut into triangles and repeatedly counts the (seventeen) steps of the wooden staircase to the upstairs practice room. Ellie soon realizes Dan isn’t just different; in many ways, his world is better, and he gives her a fresh perspective on her own life.

Advance Galley Reviews

Ellie and The Harp Maker - Ellie Jacobs is taking her normal walk in the England woods when she decides to take a new path and ends up at the Harp Barn and meeting Dan Hollis a master at harp-making. Ellie mentions she has always wanted to learn how to play the harp and Dan gifts her with a one of a kind handcrafted harp for her to learn and play. But Ellie's husband, Clive insist she return it because it is to too expensive. Upon return, Dan ask Ellie to come and learn and play the harp at the Harp Barn. Ellie starts taking lesson from Dan's ex-girlfriend Rhoda and never tells Clive. Then Ellie finds out a secret Rhoda is keeping from Dan; everything becomes to unravel. A wonderful debut novel from Hazel Prior. August bring us almost to the end of summer - but August brings us Ellie and The Harp Maker a delightful read. Thanks to Penguin and First to Read for the advanced read copy.

A light and sweet read with a harp at the center. The harp represents freedom to Ellie the unhappy Exmoor housewife, and perhaps the inner workings of the harp maker himself,Dan. A harp is gifted from Dan to Ellie which sets off a series of events or as Dan would call them, what ifs. Ultimately, the ending is predictable but the tale is enjoyable.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior. Ellie the Exmoor housewife is walking through the woods one day and comes across Dan's barn. She stops and finds Dan and the collection of harps he makes. Dan gives Ellie a harp but her husband makes her return it against her wishes. She then visits the barn to learn how to play the harp everyday when her husband is not around. Ellie and Dan form a bond over time and eventually Ellie's husband, Clive, finds out what she has been doing behind his back. When I started reading this book I wasn't expecting it to be a romance novel, but I have to say I enjoyed this very subtle romance novel. I can't wait to read more from Hazel Prior.

A very charming debut about Dan, the harpmaker, and Ellie, the Exmoor housewife, having a fateful meeting leading to an unusual friendship which develops into something more. The story is written with lyrical descriptions of harps, characters and countryside. An enjoyable read.

Ellie, a Exmoor housewife, happens upon a harp maker and his shop while out for a stroll. The harpmaker likes her so much, he gives her a harp. She begins to secretly take harp lessons from his girlfriend. This is a sweet story of Ellie and a Harpmaker in Exmoor. #ellieandtheharpmaker #hazelprior

I really enjoyed this book. Heartwarming and charming are the perfect descriptors for Ellie and the Harpmaker. The story was sweet, if a little predictable, and while I didn’t always agree with Ellie’s actions, her character did come across as realistic and well-developed. The romance between Ellie and Dan was super sweet and believable. Overall Ellie and the Harpmaker was a relatively light, charming read and it would be perfect to bring to the beach this summer.

I don't read romances because I don't enjoy reading all the sappy love-ish things that always seem to come with them. But this book. This book is all about the leading up to a romantic relationship (sans sappy love stuff) that doesn't seem like it could happen at all and I really enjoyed it. The cover with the pheasant perfectly sets the tone for the book of simple and pure, light and honest. The characters were excellently drawn, although I didn't always like the MC's actions with her husband as she came off slightly sniveling when I think she was meant to show a bit of weakness instead. And Phineas the pheasant was such a great addition to the story. He perfectly brought out several characters best traits and he saved the day!

What a nice read. Good characters, interesting plot involving harps, not a whole bunch of sex or violence. Just an interesting read.


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