Monday, April 23, 2012
Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus by Joyce Magnin
Aging and widowed 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-shaker collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows.
The catch? She’s doing it her way. Just wait until 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, taxi, 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. You can read Harriet's blog on her journey.
This is the second Joyce Magnin novel I've read and I totally enjoyed this book as well as the first! Such a delightful story that combines quirky characters and humor. I will be looking for more by this author.
Harriet Beamer has gumption and is determined to get to her son's home in California by public transportation! It isn't always possible to take the bus all the way across the country though and this precious lady's journey is one that will keep you cheering her on and anxiously awaiting what will happen next!
Harriet loves people and strikes up a conversation with anyone that will... you will get a kick out of the characters that share a part of her travels.
Harriet Beamer is one lady I would love to meet!
I received an ecopy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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 writing instructor and frequent conference speaker. Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.