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.
About Robert Elmer
Robert Elmer is the author of 36 youth novels, including the new HyperLinkz series, as well as the Young Underground, Adventures Down Under, Promise of Zion and AstroKids series. A certified teacher, he speaks at schools all over the U.S.
“As sweet and flavorful as Dutch apple pie, Robert Elmer’s The Duet is a welcome treat. I am so thrilled that Robert is now writing for adults as well as children–and I appreciate this loving look into a music teacher’s life and heart.”
–Angela Hunt, author of The Debt
“Robert Elmer’s The Duet is a charming love story in which backgrounds and traditions clash. If you love music, nostalgia, or a rural setting, then this heartwarming novel is for you.”
–Randy Alcorn, author of Safely Home and Deadline
“The Duet is an absolute delight! How quickly the characters of Van Dalen became like my old and dearest friends. I can still hear the melody of their story playing in my heart.”
–Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of Legacy Lane and Beyond the Shadows
“It’s never too late for love and Robert Elmer’s first delve into adult fiction conveys that comforting truth with a homespun wit and a unique voice. The Duet is peopled with characters of many stripes, many dimensions, yet they all intersect in the place where grace abounds. Wonderful.”
–Lisa Samson, best-selling author of The Church Ladies and The Living End.
“The Duet is a delightfully romantic story with real meat on its bones. If I wasn’t laughing out loud, I was smiling, and if I wasn’t smiling, I was crying. Robert Elmer writes with a charming voice. Truly one of the best novels I’ve read in years.”
–Deborah Raney, author of A Nest of Sparrows and Beneath a Southern Sky
“The Duet is a charming, witty example of masterful storytelling. Chuckles and hankies--you’ll need them both in this ‘ very goot book’!”
–Lori Copeland, author of the Morning Shade series, A Case of Bad Taste and A Case of Crooked Letters