This is the second book in what I'm calling the Harriett Beemer series. In this book, Harriett has finally arrived in California to live with her son Henry and daughter-in-law Prudence. She has recovered from her hospital stay and has a nice place to live with a loving family, but in truth she is a little bit unhappy. She doesn't feel as useful as she once did, so when Henry and Prudence push her to get out of the house and meet new people and try new things, she gets involved with a con-artist and his daughter. Things go from bad to worse when Henry and Prudence announce they are expecting, and Harriett decides she can help with the baby's expenses by investing in a gold mine.
Ok, in all honesty, I just wasn't as smitten with this book as I was with the first one. Maybe it's because of what I do for a living, I see just how easy it is for some people to take advantage of the elderly so the book wasn't nearly as enjoyable for me.
However, there were a lot of great things about this book. We get a great back story about Harriett's best friend Martha when she come to California to visit. We have some great funny moments with Henry as he makes Humphrey, his mom's basset hound, his new best friend and how he worries over his mother and the lengths he will go to make sure she's alright. Harriett seems a bit more gullible in this book than in the last, but her heart was definitely in the right place, and in the end Harriett discovers where her real "treasure" lies.
All in all this was a good light hearted read and I can't wait until the next book.
Who says you can't be adventurous at any age? Ask Harriet Beamer! In the second book of the series, Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, Joyce Magnin has given readers another charming and laugh-out-loud story.
Finally arriving in Grass Valley, Californiaâ€”after a hair-raising adventure in book one, Harriet Beamer Rides the Busâ€”the heroine moves in with her son, Henry and daughter-in-law, Prudence. While Henry is breathing a sigh of relief that his mother is safely ensconced in their nice suburban home, Harriet feels out of placeâ€”she is itching for another adventure.
She doesn't have far to look when she meets a young girl and her father who are searching for investors in a gold mine. Harriet is drawn into the dream of finding gold and being able to be less of a burden and more of a support to her family.
Readers will not be disappointed in Harriet's foibles and faith.
Magnin's voice for quirky, believable characters in exciting adventures continues to entertain and bless.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
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?
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 "Grammy suite" 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 man's 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.
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 "back in the day".
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!