Friday, May 4, 2012
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus...R&G!
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.
About the Author:
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.
At first I was unsure if I would be able to identify with a character so much older but this was not the case at all. Right away the author had me rooting for the spunky Harriet and I was delighted to be with her on her adventure. Harriet's adventure is both physical (she takes a BUS across the country for goodness sakes!) but it is also a journey from within. Harriet's real journey, I think, is in what she learns about her self along the way. Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is a heartwarming tale for all ages and is a book you can easily lose yourself in. I think this book would make a great Mother's Day gift as well. Pick up your copy today on Amazon....
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