Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior

Today I’m sharing a mini review for the book I recently added to my Kindle for 99p after reading Away with the Penguins last year by Hazel Prior (my 5 star review is at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2020/10/23/away-with-the-penguins-by-hazel-prior-2/)


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.

My thoughts:

If you enjoyed Away with the Penguins, then I happily recommend reading this book too. More great characters, new friendships and a pheasant named Phineas. This is a no spoiler review so I can’t say much without spoiling the story.

However I loved finding out how Ellie and Dan’s lives changed as they became friends and had to deal with the challenges facing them. Both of them were living very quiet lives, with little interaction with other. Their unexpected meeting enables both of them to step outside their small worlds and to help each other discover that they can offer each other so much more.

The other thing that shone from this book, was the beauty of Exmoor, through the various seasons of the year. Sadly we are in the middle of an anxiety inducing global pandemic but the descriptions of the sights of Exmoor brought the area to life and I hope to visit once the pandemic is over.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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