lost her saintly mother when she was too young to
remember. Her prayers
are answered when her mother returns in the form of an enchanted
harp. A fast-paced book filled with quirky characters, THE ENCHANTED
HARP is a
story of love, humor, music, and miracles.
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|From The Enchanted Harp...
What is this?
she wondered, approaching something that looked like a giant oven mitt.
Taller than I am.
She unbuttoned a cloth cover and set it aside. A harp? Beautiful. I
don’t know that I’ve ever seen one up close.
The harp was a rich brown color. It was made of
wood, but the base was shaped like the bottom of a marble Greek column.
And the harp did have a column, about as thick as an arm. It was
grooved and decorated, designed to be as beautiful to look at as it was
to listen to. All harps are fashioned this way. After years of play,
many slip into disuse and become furniture. The column rose to just
over six feet tall, where it met the curved upper portion called the
neck. The neck sloped down then up, meeting the broad part called the body and the soundboard, which
tilted to rest on a harpist’s shoulder when he or she played. The base
had seven black pedals. The soundboard held forty-seven strings, which also
attached to the neck in a series of intricate bridge pins and tuning
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