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Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Harriet Beamer
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise, Bright's Pond Series #2Joyce MagninAbingdon Press / 2010 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists shes 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 theyre right. Four x-rays later, Harriets ankleand her heartare 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? Shes 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 its time for her to be put out to pastureGod has a different plan.
Joyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Brights 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.
katieUtahAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Was a slow readApril 25, 2016katieUtahAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was not one of her better books. I have read others in another series that were much better.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Adorable readMarch 1, 2014alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Harriet knew it was a sucker bet, yet she still let her pride get the better of her and now she has to sell her home in Pennsylvania and move to California to live with her son Henry and daughter-in-law Prudence. But instead of taking a plane or train across the country, seventy-two year old Harriett Beamer decides she is going see the country on her time schedule and she ends up taking buses, a motorcycle and a cable car to do it.
This was such a fun book! It was so entertaining reading about all of Harriett's adventures and all the places and people that she met on her travels. I loved how the author wrote Harriett. She turns from basically a homebody who has church on Sunday and bingo on Wednesday to an adventurer who starts conversations with complete strangers and wears red hight top convers. Harriett goes from Washington D. C. to the Smoky Mountains through the plains of Kansas and Nebraska, over the Rockies and finally to California. Along the way she meets all kinds of people, some who are in her life for only a few moments, and some that are in for a little longer, but Harriett learns a life lesson from each and every person. She chooses to try to help people even if it doesn't turn exactly the way that she thought, but she always believes that God will see her through and He does. I would like to be like Harriett when I grow up.
The research into all the place that Harriett visited was incredible. Some of the descriptions were so detailed that I could actually picture them in my mind. And the humor that the author pepper throughout the book was wonderful. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times. If you are like me and sometimes just need to read something fun and encouraging, then this is the book for you.
LibrarianSherbrooke, QcAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 12, 2013LibrarianSherbrooke, QcAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book was purchased in Large Print for me to donate to a Seniors' residence as a memorial. I know the ladies will enjoy it as much as I did as they laugh along with Harriet Beamer as she takes her time going cross country by bus, and other modes of transportation. "I can do all things through Christ" is the verse that exemplifies her trip. What joy she felt when she finally made it to the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum! It was a delight!
cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5good readOctober 4, 2012cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus by Joyce Magnin is just a delightful book. Harriet has had some difficult times lately. Her husband, Max, of 28 years has died and her son, Henry and his wife Prudence (of whom she is not close) want her to move to California to life with them. Harriet and her dog are getting along fine living in the same neighborhood that she has lived for her entire married life with the support of her church and close neighbors. On this day of Henry and Prudence's visit, Harriet falls off a chair and hurts her ankle. Prudence engages her in a bet that if her ankle is broke she will come live with them and if it is not then she will be able to stay in her home. Harriet's ankle is broken. Harriet agrees to come but on her own rules. She will come on several local buses stopping along the way to see what she wants taking as long as she wants and she will come by herself. This book is about the cross country trip that Harriet, who has never taken long distance vacations before let alone by herself, takes.
I liked this book so much better than I expected. Harriet not only sees the USA on her trip but begins to see herself and understand her son and wife's opinion also. She finds that she is blessed in so many ways as she enjoys seeing the sights and buying salt and pepper shakers for her collection. I found this book well written and entertaining. Thank you for this book.
This book was provided for this review by Zondervan.
ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Absolutely Delightful!August 5, 2012ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a perfectly delightful read! I absolutely love Harriet Beamer, and I would love to grow up to be like her some day. She is the absolutely ideal senior citizen who has decided her life is still not over. She knows that even in her golden years, God is not finished with her yet.
I was absolutely enthralled with Harriet's journey. And just when I did not think the mode of travel could get any zanier, it did! No spoilers here. If you want to know of Harriet's travel, you must read it.
I was enchanted with the way in which Harriet, Henry, and Prudence evolved over the course of the book. I did not think Prudence had any gumption, but by the end of the book, I was glad to see her spunk. And Henry and Humphrey truly bonded to the point that Humphrey became Henry's muse. I would love to have a dog like Humphrey!
I most appreciated the way in which God was woven into the fabric of the story. It was good to see Harriet's faith being so apparent in her every day dealings with each person she met. She never tried to force her beliefs on anyone. They were just a part of who she was.
In conclusion, I now want to go on a trip like this. I wish I were a retired lady with lots of money and no real responsibilities. I would go in a heartbeat.
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.