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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

A poignant, feel-good debut about a man who gives a stranger a harp and inadvertently gives them both a second chance at life....

Meet Ellie. She's perfectly happy living a quiet life with her husband, Clive. (Well, she does sometimes wonder about the way he talks to her and about all the things she hasn't achieved yet. But she's happy enough.)

Meet Dan. He's definitely content - content with his predictable, ordered existence, making harps in his isolated barn on Exmoor. Content being on his own, far away from other people and - crucially - far away from any risk of surprises.

What Ellie and Dan don't know yet is that a chance encounter is about to change all of this....

©2019 Hazel Prior (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Uplifting and full of heart, and I couldn't put it down!" (Jo Thomas)

"A beautiful love song of a story, wonderfully told with a warm heart and much hope." (Phaedra Patrick)

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Well written novel and enjoyed audible characters. Listened after reading another review leaving individual ‘disturbed’ … wouldn’t go that far. Def far fetched and mildly concerning that characters aren’t punished for law breaking but mainly a love story. I would have enjoyed more if more open explanation of disabilities.

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Left me very unsettled

This is an easy to listen story in terms of construction. However I was left feeling very uneasy about the storyline. The book deals with very serious issues. It is entirely the author’s choice how to write their story but to not make a very dangerous character accountable for their actions under the law sends totally the wrong message . I think it was an important opportunity missed. I really do not like to write negative comments but the ending of the book left me very disturbed.

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Great easy listening story

Absolute joy from start to finish Liked the narrators Easy listening nothing rude can leave on if your kiddies are in the car etc

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Total bliss

A wonderful evocative story. Inspiring and feel good. Characters unique and believable. I loved every minute .

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Delightful!

A beautiful story, well written and performed. Didn't want it to end... unusual subject matter, too
Recommended.

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A breathe of fresh air

This was such a lovely read. Laughter at the small things and I love Dan. A perfect finish.

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A great listen

Loved this book and enjoyed the narrators. Was completely absorbed into this Harp Barn world.

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A welcome change

A very simple, enchanting, relaxing story without extremes.
Such a very rare style, more like this please.

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Great book

Had me gripped from the start. Only thing that spoiled it was the rather wooden performance by the female narrator, but don’t let that put you off

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I hoped for more out of the storyline but it became too predictable. The performances were good although Dan's portrayal was a tad wearing. An easy read.

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Beautiful. Moving. Poignant.

Loved the story and loved the narrators, especially the man who narrated Dan. Highly recommended