Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus


 Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists she's getting along fine with her dog Humphrey in Philadelphia ... until she falls for the fourth time, injuring her ankle, and causing her son and daughter-in-law to cry foul. Insisting Harriet move in with them in California, they make a bet that her ankle is broken, and she foolishly promises to move if they're right. Four x-rays later, Harriet's ankle---and her heart---are broken. She packs up, ships her huge salt and pepper collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows. The only catch? She's doing it her way. Just wait till her daughter-in-law hears Harriet will travel cross country only by public transportation and alternate means. What follows is a hilarious, heartwarming journey by train, metro bus, ferry, and motorcycle. Along the way, Harriet discovers that although her family thinks it's time for her to be put out to pasture---God has a different plan.

Joyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright's Pond Series and the middle grade novel Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

This was one of those stories that you just can't help falling in love with.  Harriet Beamer could be anyone's mom or grandmother, and she's a hoot!  I love how even though Harriet loses a bet and has to move in with her son and daughter-in-law, she's determined to do it her way.  Public transportation.  How many people out there where take public transportation across the United States, much less at Harriet's age?!  As she travels she collects and sends salt and pepper shakers to her new home, adding to her life-time collection.  Harriet meets up with quite a few characters, and does some things that I'm not sure I would do myself!  This book will bring you laughter, tears, and hope!  A wonderfully delightful read.

*I received a complimentary e-book in exchange for review from Shelton Interactive


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