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The Recital [Paperback]

By Robert Elmer (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2006
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  140007164X  
EAN  9781400071647  


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they fell in love. But life isn?t ?happily ever after? when the widowed dairy farmer and big-city piano teacher get married. When they move to Chicago to pursue a teaching opportunity for Joan, Gerrit the country boy must find new purpose in an unfamiliar urban world. It?s not an easy change for him, but his friendship with Zhao, a visiting Chinese musician, begins to give him new purpose. Meanwhile, Joan tries to accept her husband for who he is, even as she struggles to find her place as a music professor in this clash between small-town values and big-city ways.

In this poignant sequel to The Duet, Joan and Gerrit redefine the meaning of love and home as they learn painful new lessons about mutual sacrifice.

Publishers Description
New Song, Second Verse
Gerrit and Joan discovered the beauty of second chances when they fell in love. But life isn't "happily ever after" when the widowed dairy farmer and big-city piano teacher get married. When they move to Chicago to pursue a teaching opportunity for Joan, Gerrit the country boy must find new purpose in an unfamiliar urban world. It's not an easy change for him, but his friendship with Zhao, a visiting Chinese musician, begins to give him new purpose. Meanwhile, Joan tries to accept her husband for who he is, even as she struggles to find her place as a music professor in this clash between small-town values and big-city ways.
In this poignant sequel to "The Duet, "Joan and Gerrit redefine the meaning of love and home as they learn painful new lessons about mutual sacrifice.

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More About Robert Elmer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids - along with a growing number of little grandkids.

Robert Elmer currently resides in the state of Washington.

Robert Elmer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Case For... Kids
  2. Quiet Times for the Heart
  3. Wall


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A Special Love Story  Oct 12, 2006
Timing is everything. When Gerrit Appledoorn proposed to Joan Horton, standing in the smoking kitchen she had accidently set on fire, it might not have been the world's most romantic setting. But when she said yes, he knew he'd got it right. Gerrit loved living in Van Dalen, it was home to everything he treasured, but Joan was a city girl. When she had an opportunity to head the department at the Gaylord School of Music in Chicago, how could he stand in her way? Gerrit knew his Bible, particularly the part about "Whither thou goest." So this retired farmer moved to the city. Chicago wasn't ready for Gerrit, and Gerrit definitely wasn't ready for Chicago.
He wore jeans and a cowboy hat in the elite school of music atmosphere. he was vocal and opinionated. He could be sarcastic and judgmental. But in the things of the heart, he was rock solid. You won't forget this story. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it ripped out my heart and stomped all over it.
 
Sweet and sentimental...  Sep 17, 2006
The Recital is a lower key story than I usually read, but very touching and sweet. The more I got to know the characters the more I liked them. The hero in the story was a tender hearted farmer and the heroine was a big city musician who was in her element teaching students at Gaylord in Chicago. The story started out pretty hilarious with the heroine, Joan, burning a meal for her sweetheart. Then came marriage and a move. I enjoyed experiencing the adjustments the older couple had to make as newleyweds. Some parts were sweet, yet flirtatious and fun. Other sections of the story were sentimental and spirited, especially their sparring on occasion. Overall, I grew to care about the characters so much that I got all choked up at the end. What a gripping story. It made me think about life, love, and enjoying the moment. I'm glad I stuck with this novel and highly recommend it.
 
Enjoyable reading with touching messages  Sep 8, 2006
When retired farmer Gerrit Appeldoorn marries piano teacher Joan Horton, he doesn't realize it will lead him far from his quaint hometown to the chaos of downtown Chicago. The Recital by Robert Elmer tells the compelling tale of Gerrit's devotion to his wife and to God, in the midst of confusing circumstances.

Gerrit has lived in a small farm town called Van Dalen his entire life. But when the Gaylord Conservatory of Music in Chicago offers Joan the position of senior piano professor, Gerrit sacrificially trades the green fields of Van Dalen for the gray avenues of Chicago. He tells her that she is his home now. But when they reach Chicago, loneliness and a feeling of being out of place gnaw at him.

The story also addresses the struggle Gerrit and Joan face to overcome their theological differences. For example, while they agree on the basics of Christianity, Gerrit is a staunch Calvinist, and Joan is an Armenian. Gradually, they learn not to let these differences come between them. Without siding with either the Calvinist or Armenian camp, The Recital promotes a happy unity in the body of Christ.

Some readers may be uncomfortable with a few issues in the book. Joan's son Randy and his girlfriend have premarital sex, but it is not condoned. Instead, the author focuses on Gerrit and Joan's struggle to know how to respond appropriately to the news. Elmer also acknowledges the beauty of sex inside of marriage, but some readers may not approve the implied references to sex, which is not explicit or graphic.

Written in a very conversational style, the book provides enjoyable reading with touching messages. Occasionally the attempts at humor seem a little cheesy, but it had me laughing out loud at other times. Overall, The Recital is an emotional, compelling story with a positive theme. - Jonathan Young, [...].
 
Music For The Mind  Aug 4, 2006
The Recital

By: Robert Elmer

Some books are read to absorb, others to study and still others for times of quiet. The book The Recital by Robert Elmer is like treating yourself to a recital for your mind. When you open the front cover and begin to read, time will pass quickly and you will not want to put it down.

Joan Horton and Gerrit Appledoorn are two very different people with very different backgrounds and a very strong love for each other. Somewhere in the pages of the book they become real, believable people in your mind. Like bass notes blend with treble notes and form a beautiful composition, their lives blend.

Joan is a concert pianist in a small Dutch town in Washington state. Gerrit is a retired farmer. The two travel a journey into marriage that leads them from the comfortable community Gerrit knows to the city life in Chicago that Joan loves. Joan learns the depth of a man's heart when he is devoted to his wife. Gerrit learns when you spend too much time looking to the past you may miss the beauty of the present. Through the laughter, tears, heartaches and joys they learn the true meaning of cleaving to one another.

This is a love story, a life story. It will make you laugh and cry. The characters captivate and drive you forward. When the last page is turned and the book is closed, your heart hears the recital and you will need to hug someone you love.
 
Ivory and Milk Cows and Life  Jul 19, 2006
I didn't meet Joan and Gerrit in The Duet, so I wasn' present at the first blush of their new romance. I met them in The Recital where they had already become a couple and were growing into each other.

The sweetness of their relationship reminded me of a recent event at my church. A couple celebrated forty-three years of marriage with the renewal of their wedding vows. A celebration of romance so unlike what the world calls love. And that is a very good thing, as is the story in The Recital.


The poignancy, yearning and the reality of mature love is captured by Mr. Elmer. So much so, that I didn't miss not knowing Joan and Gerrit at the beginning of their relationship.

The faith of the characters is realistically portrayed. The banter between those who both know and love God but see Him differently is humorous, and it's always nice to have the reminder that our carefully guarded God-boxes are ours, not His.


I didn't expect a major event in the final chapters of the book. I can't say I liked it, but I can say it added another layer to the depth of the book, and to the characters. I don't always like what happens in real life, either. Nor do I care for twenty-two (or is it even less now) minute resolutions to major problems in sitcoms.


If you hate surprises, The Recital may not be your type of symphony. But if you want sweet reminder of why we fall in love, The Recital hits some poignant notes.
 

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