#amreading – What, Why, While :   Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior  @HazelPriorBooks

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently listening to the feel-good contemporary fiction audiobook Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior. It is narrated by Philip Battley and Katharine Lee McEwan.

My Audible version was published by Penguin Audio in January 2021, the paperback was published by Black Swan in February 2020. 

Book Blurb   (taken from https://www.hazelprior.co.uk/ )

MEET ELLIE. She’s perfectly happy with her home and her husband and her quiet life. Happy enough, anyway. Which is why she’s so surprised to find herself drawn to an extraordinary stranger who gives her a gift – and a fresh perspective.

​MEET DAN. He thinks that all he needs is the time and space to carry on making harps in his isolated barn on the moor. But the last thing he expects is for Ellie to whirl into his life, bringing a string of surprises to his ordered existence.

Sometimes it takes a chance encounter to discover what your life can be . . .

​This heart-warming, funny and quirky love story features . . .

86 plums

69 sandwiches

27 birch trees

a 17-step staircase

a pair of cherry-coloured socks

and a pheasant named Phineas

Hardback cover

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

This was the first novel written by Hazel Prior.  Having read, and loved her 2nd and 3rd novels – Away with the Penguins, and Call of the Penguins , and in need of an uplifting book, I thought Ellie and the Harp Maker sounded just right. 

I notice that Hazel has a 4th novel coming out in May of this year, called Life and Otter Miracles, which is available to pre-order from:  https://www.hazelprior.co.uk/     Brilliant news!

While (I am reading it)

I’ve taken up Line Dancing.  I’ve only been twice, and goodness me it’s a lot more difficult than it looks.  I’m carefully following the teacher, and then suddenly we all face a different direction and I’m lost.  Our teacher is lovely and very patient and I’m assuming it will get easier with time.  Most importantly the group are friendly and fun! (it is also good for my German language skills) 

When I get home, this is what I feel like!

All the best,  Emma

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