Ellie and the Harpmaker
Book Feature - Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior
HBL Note: The email I received from Hazel Prior’s publicist started out like this:
A thought: A book with harps? Sounds strange, yet surprisingly delightful…
A fact: The Celtic harp uses levers to change key instead of pedals, and is typically lighter and more portable than a standard pedal harp.
I loved this creative way to capture my attention. Yes, a book with harps does sound strange…but I’m definitely into a surprisingly delightful book. And I know nothing about harps, but I was fascinated to learn this little factoid about the Celtic harp. I get several emails a day from publicists and I’ve grown to really appreciate a new way to grab my attention. Did this thought and fact hook you too? Scroll down to read more about Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior.
From the publisher:
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.