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Ellie and the Harpmaker A rich heartwarming and completely charming debut that reminds us that sometimes you don't find love love finds youDan Hollis lives a happy solitary life carving exuisite 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 understandEllie Jacobs is a lonely housewife her days filled with walks and poetry she writes in secret One day she comes across Dan's barn and is enchanted by his collection Dan gives her a harp made of cherry wood 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 drifting deeper into his world But when she accidentally discovers a secret she must make a choice keep it from him and risk their friendship or change the course of their lives forever Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review ”Music helps fill up the holes that people leave behind” Ellie and the Harpmarker is a great tale of music and love We follow Ellie and the harpmaker Because whoever was in charge of giving this a title doesn’t know what subtlety is When the harpmaker Dan gives Ellie a harp completely free of charge I might add her life is sent snowballing in both good and bad ways She begins to fall in love with the harp and playing it but unfortunately her asshole of a husband does not approve But she continues to play it in secret and slowly but surely falls in love with it But the harp may not be the only thing she is in love with This novel was uite a surprise in that it made me laugh and cry It was unlike anything I’ve ever read Not uite romance Not uite literary fiction And almost a mild undertone of domestic thriller I think the best part of this book was Dan Now for those who have read the book you’ll understand what I’m about to talk about Dan in my opinion is most likely on the autism spectrum Now I actually spoke with the author asking her to confirm or deny Dan’s autism She told me that she purposely left it open for the reader to decide for themselves I think that it’s possible and likely that Dan is on the spectrum But people are so much than the way their brains work Dan was uirky funny and lovable He was the shining star in this novel On the other hand Ellie our main character was absolutely infuriating Again and again she continued to let Clive or is it Clide I honestly don't give a sht that asshole doesn’t deserve to be called by name emotionally and verbally abuse her And then when he would play the victim she would apologize and woo and do her best to win him back It was so frustrating Overall this novel was a really great read Funny sad and beautifully written This story of music love and where they can take you will find a place in every reader’s heart Bottom Line4 StarsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Spoilers Educational Value Some brief and simple discussion of chords and harp playing Positive Messages Love and freedom Violence Arsen burns and gunshots Sex Brief discussion of intercourse Nothing detailed on page Langauge Brief cursing DrinkingDrugs NoneTW Domestic abuseReps AutismCover 45 Characters 45 Plot 45 Audio 45 Publisher BerkleyPublication Date August 6th 2019Genre FictionRomance| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram 45 stars Christina I'm totally in love I confided With the harp It was completely and totally unexpected but it happenedOne day Ellie wanders down a new path and stumbles upon a wonderfully hidden secretA harp maker Dan lives in a beautiful old barn where he hand carves harps of all sizes and shapes Dan escaped from the modern world in part because he has troubles in most social situationsIn explicably he takes a liking to Ellie in part due to her cherry red socks and gifts her a small cherry red harpWhile she is overjoyed at first she soon realizes that her husband may have an issue with this Her husband the breadwinner has a very specific mindset on how his housewife should behaveand accepting harps from strangers does not fulfill his expectations No I think I'll leave it to you If I go with you it might look as if I forced you to take it backyou go hon and don't forget to make it clear it's your choice But when Ellie tries to return it Dan instead offers her a place to learn to playAnd soon their uiet friendship blossoms Dan is unlike anyone she's ever met his sweet and uncomplicated reactions come as a welcome relief from her everyday life I thank her profusely I was very enthusiastic because nobody has ever ever given me seven jars of jam before Let alone ones with checked blue and white hats And the Ellie visits the less she wants to go I'm happily married aren't IOf course I amI clutch my husband's arm The longer she continues her visits the better she plays but the lies she needs to spend to keep her husband's suspicions at bay There's just no way he'd believe that she was actually trying to learn the harp despite it being the truth but there's also no way she can keep a secret like this forever I've pulled myself loose from my rock but now I'm floating with the tides and I've got no idea where I'll end up Ahhh my heart is too full This was such a sweet and unconventional book I adored Ellie and Dan and I loved the way their friendship grew over the book So many books rush right into the romance and neglect the relationship but Prior balanced that beautifullyDan's voice was unexpectedly endearing he clearly looked at life through a completely uniue perspective and I adored whenever the book swapped to him His gentle and simple outlook took a hold of my heart from the very beginningEllie's perspective was also well done though her blinders when it came to her husband frustrated me I wish the author had shown a few flashbacks so we could get a better idea of how those blind spots came to be in order to make her reactions feel a bit realistic Also her inner voice sometimes strayed a little too close to Dan's tone I think it needed to be a bit distinct but perhaps that was how the author wanted to show that Ellie and Dan would click togetherI loved how the author's love for harps shown through in the book I never would have guessed I would become so invested in the livelihood of a harp carver All in all I really enjoyed my time between these pages I'm going to have to watch for books by this author With thanks to the author and Berkley Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewAll uotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior is a 2019 Bantam Press publication Dan is a Harpmaker who spontaneously gives one of his harps to Ellie a woman visiting his little out of the way shop one day Ellie’s husband however insists she return the harp Instead she winds up storing it at Dan’s place scheming behind her husband’s back to visit the harp regularly secretly learning how to play it While Ellie and Dan begin developing a friendship Ellie discovers a shocking secret that will change Dan’s life forever Meanwhile Ellie struggles to convince herself she loves her husband that she is happy in her marriage all while walking on eggshells around him hiding her relationship with Dan and her harp lessons from him But sooner or later everything comes into the light putting Ellie and Dan’s friendship in jeopardy While this is mostly a light charming tale it is also one of those stories in which the presentation prevents serious subjects from becoming too heavy insulating the darker topics behind a whimsical veneer However these topics never dig too far beneath the surface giving the story just the right amount of depth allowing it to balance the dark undertones and the lighter overtones Dan's big open heart made me want to reach through the pages and hug him It was easy to see why Ellie was drawn to him This is a cute offbeat romance a feel good story that is warm and touching with a sweet ending that will leave you with a smile on your face Everyone needs a story like this one from to time to take the edge off life’s trials for a while Overall uick easy and very enjoyable 35 stars rounded up I can’t think of any other way to describe this other than what sounds cliche a sweet charming story with characters I loved but that is precisely what it is Dan the harp maker a little uirky from the beginning reminds me of Don Tillman from the Rosie Project and subseuent books in that series and Ellie the housewife there’s something sad and lovely about her Predictable from the beginning but a few things happened here that I was not expecting Dan not uite a recluse makes beautiful harps and Ellie who fills her time with walks in this beautiful setting in the countryside of Exmoor England comes upon the barn where Dan works and lives After their brief meeting Dan gives Ellie one of his harps This lovely act of generosity sets in motion a secret kept from Ellie’s domineering husband her harp playing and friendship with Dan Of course secrets kept are only kept for a while and when divulged Ellie’s life is changed in ways she didn’t imagine Another secret kept by Dan’s former girlfriend and Ellie’s harp teacher changes Dan’s life forever when it is out in the open I’m not a big reader of romance and I suppose this could be categorized as that but this was really a lovely uplifting story and I need one of those once in a while I have to round up to 4 stars because Dan and Ellie are characters that I will rememberI received an advanced copy of this book from Berkeley through Netgalley

  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Ellie and the Harpmaker
  • Hazel Prior
  • 06 August 2016
  • 9781984803788

About the Author: Hazel Prior

Hazel Prior is the author of ELLIE AND THE HARP MAKER and AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS UK titleHOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA US title She is also a freelance harpist She lives in Exmoor in England with her husband and a huge ginger cat


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