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Ellie and the Harpmaker

By: Hazel Prior
Narrated by: Katharine Lee McEwan,Philip Battley
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Publisher's Summary

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 (17) 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.

©2019 Hazel Prior (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“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 best-selling author of Good Luck With That)

"A beautiful love song of a story, wonderfully told with a warm heart and much hope. Hazel Prior’s writing is a lyrical delight.” (Phaedra Patrick, international best-selling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper)

“Prior’s debut resonates with a clear voice, depicting love evolving from a friendship based upon genuine acts of kindness.... Ellie and Dan, both delightful, down-to-earth characters, selflessly put each other’s needs ahead of their own, and fans of fast-paced romantic stories will enjoy watching them discover true happiness together." (Publishers Weekly)

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I LOVED this!!

This book was so good. I am a violin luthier and have my own harp that I'm going to fix up and learn to play. I would love to be a harp luthier as well. This book was so cute in the beginning. It got fairly dark, which I wasn't expecting. I am a domestic violence survivor and would have appreciated something about Clive's character in the description so that wasn't sprung on me, but I still enjoyed the book immensely. The way Ellie reacted towards Clive is very typical for victims of abuse. She is not weak or timid, she was abused. That may be hard for people to understand if they haven't been through it themselves (which I'm glad they haven't experienced it and I hope they never do).

I shared it in my harp groups on Facebook so other harpist would find it and give it a listen. The narrators were amazing. I'm definitely going to listen to more from Hazel Prior and the narrators.

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Sweet Story

This was a delightfully beautiful and sometimes funny story. I throughly enjoyed every bit of it. The narrator was delightful also.
I also listened to How the Penguins Saved Veronica and I look forward to more books by this author.

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Overall enjoyable

I am happy I listened to this novel, but I did get terribly impatient with Ellie. The explanation for her wimpiness being due to low self-esteem just wasn’t enough for me. That might have worked if she had been 18, but by her mid 30’s, she should have grown up and recognized the manipulative behavior of both her husband and the harpmaker’s sister.
Other than that, it was an enjoyable listen.

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Engrossing Story, Lovable Characters

Enjoyed everything about this book but the ending, which felt rushed and unfulfilling. Despite this, very memorable characters, engrossing romantic story, beautiful depiction of rural England. Narrators are excellent.

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Nice for St. Patty's

I found the character of Fan to be too similar to the boy in, "Curious Incident of a Dog in Nighttime." I found Ellie to be too sappy and unsurprising. It's a sweet story, and helped bring in the St. Patty's Day spirit, but I'm not in love. The voice characters' accents were appealing.

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Sweet story

A very sweet story, worthy of (5) stars except for a melodramatic turn about 2/3 into the story. Good narrators, especially Phillip Battley, would really captured the character of Dan the harpmaker.

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Stellar narration, sweet story!

The narrators were great! Especially brining Dans character to life. He’s a gem I will remember!

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I can’t imagine reading this book, because Philip Battley really created the quirks of Dan, and I don’t think that might’ve been captured as well in my own imagination.

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Sneaky cheat

I don’t understand what makes this book so good. The narrators did a good job , the story…meh. I don’t enjoy reading about a woman lying and emotionally cheating on her spouse. End it first! Also the jealousy over a girlfriend? Again hypocritical and just demonstrated bad character. I get that her husband was controlling and emotionally manipulative. That part is obvious and seems more of a plot to justify bad actions than part of the story; very clumsy. It didn’t ring true and again doesn’t justify her actions. Didn’t finish and I wish I could return it. Stuck with it on a 2 for 1.

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Very frustrating for this feminist

Loved the narration but struggled with the story! I prefer my heroines to have a bit more backbone!