They say opposites attract. It was certainly true for the two protagonists in “The Duet.”
- Gerrit Appledorn is a dairy farmer in the Dutch community of Van Dalen, Washington. Joan Horton is a professor of musicology at the world-famous Gaylord School of Music in New York.
- He is retired by doctor’s orders because of a heart condition. His son now owns and operates the fourth generation family dairy farm. She is taking a one-year sabbatical in part to allow her son to live in her Long Island home while she is away. She is giving piano lessons to beginning students in Van Dalen.
- He is a member of the First Dutch Reformed Church. She is a member of the Nazarene Church.
- He believes in predestination…God is responsible for whatever happens and when it happens. She believes in choice…you reap what you show.
- The only thing they have in common is they are both widowed.
The story is interesting. However, the writing style is a little different…rather clipped…matter-of-fact. I wonder if it is because the author is a man.