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Hazel Prior was born in Oxford but has lived in many places including the Welsh borders, Scotland, south-west England and Italy. Her jobs have included harp-playing, teaching English as a foreign language and acting. She has won nine prizes in national writing competitions and has had a number of short stories published in literary magazines. Currently working as a freelance harpist, Hazel lives on Exmoor with her husband and a huge ginger cat.
Dan lives a happy life, content in his own company, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the moors. He spends his days carving exquisite harps and wants for nothing more. In his barn Dan can be Dan. He can lead his life in his own particular way, away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right.
Then one day, lonely housewife Ellie Jacobs stumbles across his barn.
Until then, Ellie’s life centred around her insensitive husband Clive, her housework, her daily walks and her poetry, something she tries to keep hidden. Clive doesn’t understand that side of her.
But Ellie is immediately enraptured by the harps and vows to learn to play after Dan spontaneously - and generously - gifts her one. She is determined to do something for herself for once and - unbeknown to Clive - starts visiting Dan and her harp most days.
Their friendship slowly blossoming, Ellie accidentally discovers a secret relating to Dan and she must decide whether to upend his world entirely and change the course of her life forever.
With a cast of eccentric characters, including a pheasant named Phineas, this heart-warming, funny and quirky love story will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
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