A year after her father’s death, Ellie decides to take on his advice: she has to start doing things that make her happy. Not that her marriage is not ok, she’s quite content. But, as her father has pointed out, that’s not enough. Which is how she bumps into the Exmoor harpmaker.
Dan has been making harps ever since he was a child, and that’s all he ever wanted to do. His life is quite alright, or at least that’s what he believes. And then, one day, the Exmoor housewife visits his barn and falls in love with his harps. Ellie, with her cherry-red socks and her matching scarf will start visiting to play the harp. And both of their lives are going to change forever.
Tender and charming, Ellie and the Harpmaker is a beautiful story about everyday life, routine, the things we sacrifice and the things we pursue. But, most of all, it’s a story that shows us that we can find wonderful things in the most unexpected instances and places.
Based in two very intriguing and charming characters, Ellie and Dan, and narrated alternatively by the two of them, this story looks ordinary enough in the beginning. But, as you go on reading, you’ll find that sometimes, the most special things can come out of the most ordinary stories. Ellie and the Harpmaker is like a sphere covered in layers. And, as you go, you peel those off one by one, understanding both of them more and more deeply.
This is truly a very lovely book, definitely recommended for everyone.