4.01.2012

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.

What a heartwarming story! Harriet Beamer is such a determined, funny old lady, you'll fall in love with her from the beginning! As she travels across country by whatever means possible, bus, train, motorcycle, helicopter, she takes the reader on a wonderful journey through cities, towns and mountains on her journey to California and the people she meets along the way. I felt like I've been places I've never even heard of! I hope this is not the end of Harriet Beamer, she needs to make more travels, maybe backpack across Europe? I hope so!
This is my first book by this author and I can say I truly loved every minute I spent reading it. I would definitely reccomend it to anyone looking for a good laugh and lighthearted read!

Check out Harriets blog at http://harrietbeamer.blogspot.com/

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