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Ellie and the Harpmaker

by Hazel Prior

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Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior
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    Aug 6, 2019
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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"How I loved this book! An uncommonly lovely story told with elegance, insight, and so much heart. Hazel Prior's brilliant debut will delight." - Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck With That

"A lyrical, almost fairytale-like novel, as resonant and mysterious as a Celtic harp. The novel shines with all the grace and harmony of a handmade instrument, and shows us what can happen when a woman yearning for meaning meets a solitary man dedicated to his craft...and they both decide to open their hearts to possibility." - Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence

"A melodious and heartwarming debut about love, friendship, and a secret that could change everything. This one is special." - Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author of Some Women and Pretty Revenge

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Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)

Poignant and believable
Ellie confused me. Clive annoyed me. I fell in love with Dan. The depictions of nature were mesmerizing. I was right in the midst of all their glory. I read this in less than one day. I was so involved with the characters I had to get to the end. I wondered from the beginning if Dan was at one end of the autism spectrum but that was never addressed and it didn't matter. What does matter is the idea that you make choices in life everyday. Sometimes they're good choices. Other times they're not...but life continues and making choices is important.

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Hazel Prior

Hazel Prior is a harpist based in Exmoor, England. Originally from Oxford, she fell in love with the harp as a student and now performs regularly. She's had short stories published in literary magazines, and has won numerous writing competitions in the UK. Ellie and The Harpmaker is her first novel and she is working on her second.

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