WaterBrook Press, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Melissa Parcel
errit and Joan (who first appeared in
) have discovered the joy of finding a second person to love in their lives. The widow and widower fell in love in Gerrit's small home town in Washington State. Now the retired dairy farmer and well-known piano professor are getting married. They have come to an understanding about the differences in their styles of worship, knowing that they agree on the basics of Christianity.
n opportunity comes up for Joan to move to Chicago to teach at a renowned music school, and Gerrit decides that he can leave his comfortable, familiar life to help his new bride pursue her dreams. Chicago isn't what Gerrit expects, and although he tries to make the best of things, he doesn't feel like he fits in. Joan is excelling in her career, but tries to understand Gerrit's emotions. It will take a dairy barn, a student from China, and a lot of prayer to find the balance they both need in their lives.
is a sweet sequel to
. Readers will want to read the first book in order to understand the deeper emotions of the sequel. Gerrit's character now seems more settled and less stodgy than before. I truly enjoyed getting to know both of them and liked how they worked out their differences. Gerrit does grate on me at times, as his views are definitely old-fashioned and his mannerisms reflect his age. Younger readers may have a difficult time identifying with the characters, but conversely, many older readers will appreciate having protagonists to whom they can relate.
he gut-wrenching conclusion of
caught me unprepared. Be aware that an emotion-packed ending is in store and keep the tissues handy. The poignant love story is touching and the mature development of a later-in-life relationship will bring hope to even the most jaded reader.
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