'Uplifting and full of heart, I couldn't put it down!' Jo Thomas, author of Escape to the French Farmhouse
From the no.1 ebook bestselling author of Away with the Penguins, a heart-warming and feel-good read for 2021.
Sometimes it takes a chance encounter to discover what happiness really is . . .
Meet Dan: Dan needs peace and order. He likes perfectly triangular sandwiches, the way coffee smells of sunshine and harvest, and the sound of birdsong that drifts into his harp-making workshop on Exmoor. His life is quiet, predictable, and safe from any danger of surprises.
Meet Ellie: Ellie is a dreamer. But recently Ellie has stopped dreaming and her world has become very small. Her days are spent keeping a perfect home for her husband, Clive, and trying to keep him happy.
When Ellie stumbles across Dan's workshop, they cannot imagine that their lives are about to change forever...
'It's a fresh and heart-warming tale and the perfect feel-good read' Reader review
'A beautifully written and tender love story' Candis
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When we meet Dan it’s clear that socialising isn’t high on his list of priorities. Having shut out the world to focus on his harp crafting, he’s eliminated opportunites for human interaction. Until, that is, Ellie comes along and Dan learns what it feels like to want someone in his life. Fans of Me Before You will cherish this heartfelt tale of love conquering adversity as our protagonist embarks on a journey to understand people. As a harpist herself, Hazel Prior brings lyrical charm to her characters and—most poetically—the bucolic Exmoor backdrop of this blossoming friendship.
Prior's debut resonates with a clear voice, depicting love evolving from a friendship based upon genuine acts of kindness. In September 2017, housewife Ellie Jacobs is taking her usual walk in the woods of Exmoor, England, when she turns down a lane and comes across the Harp Barn. Dan Hollis is the Exmoor Harpmaker, and once he hears that learning to play the harp is on Ellie's do-before-age-40 list, he decides to give her one of his handcrafted harps as a gift. But Ellie's domineering husband, Clive, insists that she return it because it would be too expensive to purchase, and they would be taking advantage of Dan to keep it as a gift. When Ellie returns it, Dan suggests that Ellie keep it at his barn so that she can practice the harp there. She agrees and starts taking lessons from Dan's former girlfriend, Rhoda. Ellie enjoys taking harp lessons, but can't bring herself to tell Clive, afraid that it will upset him. When Ellie discovers a secret that Rhoda has been keeping from Dan and decides to reveal it to him, Ellie's carefully balanced life is thrown off kilter. Ellie and Dan, both delightful, down-to-earth characters, selflessly put each other's needs ahead of their own, and fans of fast-paced romantic stories will enjoy watching them discover true happiness together.)