Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for my advance reader copy of Ellie and the Harpmaker in exchange for my honest review.
Ellie is an Exmoor housewife who finds herself inside the barn of the Exmoor harpmaker, Dan. She falls in love with the harp and Dan ends up giving her one as a gift. What?! I know…crazy! Ellie takes it home and is immediately told to return it by her husband. She ends up leaving it at his barn and comes back to visit it to practice and take harp lessons from his girlfriend.
Some things to note…Ellie’s husband is a drunk, Dan cannot read social cues and is not of the societal norm, and Ellie is in love…with the harp. I wouldn’t classify this book as a romance as there is nothing all that romantic about it. This takes on a tale of everything that happens BEFORE a romance blossoms.
The book is told to us by Dan and Ellie. There are parts in this book where I am yelling at Ellie because this woman…oh, she gave me heartburn. If I were her friend Christina I’d be yelling at her. I felt nothing but compassion for Dan. Oh how I wanted to hug him and take him home with me, haha. I felt really bad for him towards the last part of the book…you’ll see why when you pick it up (and then even MORE at the end).
Ellie is such an amazing friend to Dan. I think my favorite part of reading this book was watching how she treated Dan. She almost became like his protector until everything went falling by the wayside. This book was beautifully written. It has an Eleanor Oliphant vibe to it as well.
This book is released TODAY. Stop reading all the reviews and go out and take a chance on the harpmaker of Exmoor! If you wind up craving sandwiches and coffee after you read this, don’t blame me, blame the author! 😉
Title: Ellie And The Harpmaker
Author: Hazel Prior
Genre(s): Chick Lit, Contemporary
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Release Date: August 6, 2019