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Ellie is a housewife in the English town of Exmoor. She’s a little lonely and bored, and one day on a walk, she meets Dan, a talented harp maker. Sensing her discontent, Dan gifts Ellie with a harp. When her controlling husband protests, Ellie begins visiting in secret to practice on her harp.Dan and Ellie strike up a friendship that becomes increasingly important to both of them. But, when Ellie discovers a secret that changes Dan’s life, her own secret is also in jeopardy.This is an utterly charming book and is fantastic on audio. Dan is endearing–he’s likely on the autism spectrum and is refreshingly, unapologetically himself. His narrator is perfect and does a great job of bringing this autistic hero to life.
Meet Ellie. She’s perfectly happy living her quiet life with her husband, Clive. Happy to wander the Exmoor countryside and write the occasional poem that nobody will read; happy to dream of all the things she hasn’t yet managed to do. Or is she? Meet Dan. He thinks all he needs is the time and space to make harps in his isolated barn on Exmoor. He enjoys 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.