Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!
About the Book:
In the rolling hills of beautiful Exmoor, there’s a barn. And in that barn, you’ll find Dan. He’s a maker of exquisite harps – but not a great maker of conversation. He’s content in his own company, quietly working and away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right.
But one day, a cherry-socked woman stumbles across his barn and the conversation flows a little more easily than usual. She says her name’s Ellie, a housewife, alone, out on her daily walk and, though she doesn’t say this, she looks sad. He wants to make her feel better, so he gives her one of his harps, made of cherry wood.
And before they know it, this simple act of kindness puts them on the path to friendship, big secrets, pet pheasants and, most importantly, true love.
Ellie and the Harpmaker is such a sweet, feel-good story! I’d also like to visit Exmoor asap!
Deep in the hills of Exmoor, Dan is making harps. He’s not very social and prefers his work to people, anyway.
Ellie stumbles into Dan’s barn one day, and while she looks sad, they have a wonderful conversation, which is not the norm for Dan. He wants to give Ellie something, so he gives her a treasured harp he’s made.
That harp is only the beginning of the story of Ellie and Dan. There’s much more left to tell.
Ellie and Dan begin in one place and end up in quite another. The book encompasses their friendship and how it slowly and sweetly develops into love. I adored Dan and Ellie and watching their love flourish.
Also, there is a distinctive love for the beauty of harps here- in their appearance and in their music, and the author’s own penchant for the instrument comes through perfectly.
Overall, this is a story full of charm and endearing characters, one in which I was completely invested, and I was left feeling uplifted and warmhearted in the end. I’m most grateful for that.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
HAZEL PRIOR is a harpest who lives on Exmoor with her husband and a huge ginger cat. Originally from Oxford, she has toured extensively with singing groups and has played at many festivals and theatres. She has published stories in literary magazines and has won numerous writing competitions in the UK. Ellie and the Harpmaker is her debut novel; she is working on her second.
For a chance to win a paperback copy of Ellie and the Harpmaker, please visit my instagram page! Giveaway generously sponsored by the publisher.