Marg Wood of the Napanee Branch recently enjoyed Ellie and the Harpmaker, a charming debut novel by author Hazel Prior. Here is her review:

Ellie and the Harpmaker is the debut novel by author Hazel Prior. I was absolutely charmed by this heartwarming, humorous, character-driven story!

While strolling through the Exmoor countryside one day Ellie, a bored and lonely housewife with a controlling, passive-aggressive husband stumbles upon a barn where quirky Dan hones his harp making skills. Ellie is in awe of Dan's wonderful creations and dumbfounded when he insists that she accepts one of his harps as a gift from him. Thus begins a wonderful friendship that has Ellie re-evaluating her life. As the story develops Ellie discovers a secret that will rock Dan's sheltered little world.

If you enjoyed The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, you are sure to love this book! I will be anxiously awaiting more offerings from this promising new author in the future.

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