Aging and recent widow 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 collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows. The only catch? She’s 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 it’s time for her to be put out to pasture—God has a different plans.
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is a great summer read. Author Joyce Magnin superbly captures the thoughts and emotions of a 72 year old widow fiercely holding on to her independence. You may find yourself cheering her on as she takes down an punk and figures out how to get down a mountain. You may find yourself hoping that you will have the moxie that Harriet Beamer has when you are older. You may long for an adventure similar to hers. Most of all, you may find yourself holding your breath for the next installment of the Harriet Beamer series.
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is available in paperback and eBook through Zondervan Publishing.
*** disclaimer… I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. I received no other compensation.