Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, Harriet Beamer Series #2
Sequel to HARRIET BEAMER TAKES THE BUS
HARRIET BEAMER STRIKES GOLD is a light-reading fiction but not as delightful as Jan Magnin's previous Harriet Beamer tale. Harriet is now living with her son, a writer, and daughter-in-law, a lawyer, in mid-California when she gets taken in a gold mine scam. Harriet and her son Henry do a lot of fussing. Prudence wants to get pregnant...and does. There is a neighbor who bakes superb pies for Henry but I was unsure at the end why this character was not more developed...or eliminated. If the main character can travel across the U.S. by bus, motorcycle, etc, as in the previous novel, why would she be gullible enough to invest thousands of dollars in a goldmine scam?
September 12, 2013
Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin is a most delightful story about a seventy plus widow and all the adventures she has and all the scrapes she gets into. Harriet is living in Pennsylvania but her son, Henry, convinces her to move to Grass Valley, California to live with him and his wife, Prudence. Harriet has reservations about moving but she and Humphrey, her basset hound that loves donuts, make the move across the country. Shortly after arriving in California, Harriet learns that she is to be a grandma and that a Ã¢ÂÂGrammy suiteÃ¢ÂÂ is going to be added to the house. Harriet is almost as excited about the suite as she is about the expected grandchild for now she will have a place to display her enormous collection of salt and pepper shakers. Harriet is always getting involved in one adventure or another and she gets drawn into the life of a young girl after listening to her explain that her dad has a gold mine to lease but he needs money right away. Harriet falls completely and gives money to the man but she decides to keep the venture from her son. When her best friend, Martha, comes to visit, she has doubts about the mine and convinces Harriet to go to the police. Both women are fond of the manÃ¢ÂÂs daughter and do everything they can to help her.
All the characters were very well developed and they came to life as I read the book and I felt as if they were friends of mine. Descriptions of scenes were so realistic that I could see them clearly in my mind and even see myself in the middle of what was going on. There was even a good bit of suspense in the story. Prudence has had two miscarriages and at one point it seemed that she was going to have a third. There was a surprise when they learned there would be twins. The biggest suspense was if Harriet would ever see a speck of gold and would Martha decide to sell her home in Pennsylvania and move to California? I do not want to spoil the ending but I will say that it is a happy ending.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good Christian story and especially one that has an adventurous female senior citizen as the main character.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan as part of the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
September 12, 2013
First, I thank Zondervan Publishing for sending me this book for this honest review.
This was a very enjoyable book. Lots of humorous moments that made me laugh. Harriet is lovable character that you would love to meet and listen to her tell stories from Ã¢ÂÂback in the dayÃ¢ÂÂ.
Henry and Prudence were also very good characters. I really enjoyed the parts where it described Henry writing, how he would use things that had happened to him and weaved them into the story. I also enjoyed the families they mentioned that had 5 or 6 kids, and how Henry reacted to such a great number!
The dog, Humphrey, also made the book that much better, because he was a part of the family! This book is very highly recommended and I encourage you to read it! Have a wonderful day!
September 3, 2013
The adorable Harriet Beamer...
Harriet Beamer recently moved across the country to live with her son and daughter-in-law. HarrietÃ¢ÂÂs son eagerly suggested she find friends in the area to help her become comfortable; however, Harriet found more than friends. Harriet befriends a young girl and her father Ã¢ÂÂ yet, she also takes on so much more than she ever bargained for. Suddenly, Harriet is swept away in an unforgettable journey that all starts with a gold mineÃ¢ÂÂ¦
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Harriet Beamer is such an adorable character, the readers will be left wishing they could meet her in person. Of course, HarrietÃ¢ÂÂs trusty side-kick, the Basset Hound Humphrey, seals the deal (just check out the darling cover). When taken as a fast, light read, the novel is filled with humor, adventure and just a touch of mystery; however, it can become choppy at times within the dialogs exchanged. Overall, the novel will leave the reader hoping for another book in the series. (This particular novel is not the first in the series.) Definitely a story to enjoy this summer yet.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold from BookSneeze and Zondervan for my honest review*
August 20, 2013