In THE RECITAL, the sequel to THE DUET, Robert Elmer pens a sweet story about the challenges of putting away the past, the transforming nature of love, and the power of faith. THE RECITAL picks up the story of the widowed dairy farmer Gerrit Appeldoorn and his city-slicker romantic interest, piano teacher and music professor Joan Horton. Now 60 years old, Gerrit has retired from his dairy farming days in Van Dalen, Washington, and he’s busy selling tractors and pondering his love for Joan. But there’s the little matter of religion: Gerrit’s stubborn Calvinism runs deep to his bones, and Joan’s own Nazarene brand of Christianity is a lot more emotional. For Gerrit, everything is predestined by God.
But is the prestigious job offer Joan has in Chicago, 2,163 miles from the farm, part of God’s will for Gerrit’s life? He isn’t sure. Al