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Posted August 17, 2004
For the last few years, students in my grade six class have voraciously read Robert Elmer's historical fiction. I was thrilled when I found out he was now writing for adults, and was not disappointed with his first adult novel. The Duet is one of those books which grips your interest, reminds you that romance is real, and gives you a warm, cozy feeling as you curl up with it. Robert created real-life characters for this heart-warming story, and I found myself pulling for Gerrit and Joan to find love in each other's arms. It's a great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2004
Widow Joan Marie Horton takes a leave of absence from teaching at New York¿s Gaylord School of Music to spend time with her pregnant daughter Alison and son-in-law Jim in Van Dalen, Washington. To earn money, Joan Marie fills in for piano teacher Linda Klopstra, who is in Romania for a year, teaching students....................................... Elderly Gerrit Appeldoom still mourns the loss of his beloved long time spouse Miriam and almost as much the loss of his family¿s dairy farm. His beliefs shattered and with nothing to occupy him, he feels empty............................... Gerrit accompanies his granddaughter Mallory for her piano lessons. When he hears Joan Marie playing, Gerrit finds his old appreciation for music beyond Johnny Cash has resurfaced. He is even ready to dance to the music and decides he wants lessons from Joan Marie. Through Joan Marie, Gerrit also rediscovers the Lord. Though concerned how their loved ones will react, they fall in love; now both know that Jesus will guide them and their families into doing the right thing.................................. This is an engaging inspirational character study focusing on the relationships between two older individuals to one another, their children and grandchildren, and the Lord. The story avoids being to maudlin because Joan Marie and Gerrit are real people wanting to do the best for others, but now have a second chance to do something for themselves. Although there is little action, readers who appreciate a powerful insightful look into the souls of protagonists will want to accompany the DUET as they play a beautiful melody............................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2004
With a warmth like ¿Mitford¿, yet a unique style, amusing humor, and pleasant charm all its own, The Duet by Robert Elmer captured my heart. I found myself rolling with laughter one moment and misty-eyed the next as I journeyed with characters, Gerrit and Joan through their grief, joys, prayers and hopes. The Duet is about two widowed adults from opposite spectrums of life who find that they really have quite a lot in common. Whether you are young or old, musical or not, you will find that you can relate to Gerrit, Joan and their families and be inspired to find answers to life¿s problems in Jesus Christ. I trust that this is only the beginning of many more delightful Christian adult novels by Robert Elmer that will grace our shelves!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2004
I recently recieved a promotional copy of this book and I was very impressed with Robert Elmer's first title for the adult genre. My kids have loved him for years, but now I can enjoy him as well! Once I started I could barely put it down. Elmer's wit and unique voice transports you to the quaint little town of VanDalen, WA. Makes me want to visit! Very enjoyable plot, very believable characters! Fantastic!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2004
My kids have enjoyed Robert Elmer's children's fiction for years, so I was delighted to hear about The Duet! It is a heart warming story, set in a quirky Dutch farm town in Washington state, with characters that are easy to relate with and love, and has an unforgetable ending. I could barely put it down once I started it - I stayed up way too late last night and couldn't finish it so I made my husband drive the kids to school this morning so I could finish the last chapter! I look forward to more books from Mr. Elmer in the future and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Mitford series, Angela Hunt, Francine Rivers, or just a good old fashioned story! Wonderful!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.