“Set in a small Dutch community, The Duet by Robert Elmer invites you to escape to the country and experience a rural farming society. The characters quickly involve you in their everyday lives, which suddenly change when a Boston piano teacher moves in for a year. Both the piano teacher and an old farmer are grieving the loss of their spouses while trying to find a renewed joy in life. As they get to know each other, they find comfort as well as encouragement to experience fresh and exciting things.
“Van Dalen, Washington, is the setting as the piano teacher tries for a new start and the locals cling desperately to their old traditions. Both learn from each other to accept change and trust the Lord completely.
“Robert Elmer has written four popular youth series along with numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. Mr. Elmer has a pleasant writing style that creates the feeling that you are a part of his book. If you enjoyed Jan Karon’s Mitford series, and are looking for a comforting read I highly recommend The Duet.” -- AmyRose Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
Four Hands. Two Hearts. One Song.
When widower Gerrit Appeldoorn takes his granddaughter to piano lessons one day, he finds himself drawn to her music teacher: a woman unlike any he has known. It’s an unlikely attraction. He’s a retired dairyman with mud on his boots; Joan Horton is a world traveler and former piano instructor at New York’s most prestigious academy of music. Not quite “beauty and the beast,” but close.
Even so, Gerrit slowly begins to open his heart: to Joan, to music, to the possibilities that may be found in both. Yet as their relationship deepens, Gerrit faces crises concerning his family and farm, while Joan confronts a dark secret that threatens her future. While coping with these challenges, neither can predict how their duet will sound as they practice the music of renewed hope and second chances.