Thursday, March 15, 2012

Harriet Beamer takes the Bus by Joyce Magnin

Published by Zondervan Publishing

Harriet is recently widowed with one child, Henry, who lives in California.  He is married and his wife, Prudence, is a lawyer, he is an author.  Harriet is 72, and they worry about her being in Pennsylvania all alone in the house.When they show up for Christmas, and find Harriet on the floor, where she fell while trying to hang an ornament on the tree, they fuss.  Of course, being a betting woman, Harriet bets Prudence that her ankle isn't broken.  Prudence says if she wins the bet, then Harriet has to move to California and live with them.

4 Months later, Harriet has sold her house, and is prepared to fly to California, she's shipped her salt and pepper collection ahead.  But, being Harriet, she decides to do things her way.  She ships Humphrey, her Basset Hound to her son, and decides to take the bus, but not Greyhound, she is only taking public transportation.   About 2 days into her trip, she ends up in a YouTube Video, when she stopped a purse snatcher in a bus station, after he took an older lady's purse.   Henry and Prudence almost have a heart attack when they see it.  And this is just the beginning of her adventure.

This is a funny book, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  It is just the right length, 311 pages, with just the right amount of seriousness to make it realistic.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, with no expectation of a favorable review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.


NanaDiana said...

That book sounds hysterical! I think I would LOVE Harriet! xo Diana

Joyce Magnin said...

Thanks for the review. Enjoy!