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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus {book review}

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is a charming fictional novel by Joyce Magnin.

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a quick, easy read.  Every evening I was keen to get back to Harriet and find out what shenanigans she was getting herself into.  I admit, at times I felt scared for Harriet.  You see, Harriet Beamer is a spry elderly lady who journeys across the United States her way.  She takes the bus, trains,  taxi, and motorcycle...anything but an airplane!  Everything in my mind tells me that it is very dangerous for a lone lady to travel alone, yet, Harriet Beamer takes the journey and all goes well.

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, follows aging and widowed Harriet, as she 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.  For 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 is doing it her own way!

Harriet Beamer spends her entire life in the comfort of her home and in surroundings she is comfortable.  As she ages, her family thinks they know better what is best  and they make arrangements for Harriet to come join them across the country.  Harriet agrees, but on her terms.  She travels on her own and sees places she never knew existed, she meets people who take her under their wing and help her to find her way.   Along the way Harriet finds out things about herself.  At the same time, her only son and daughter-in-law also come to the same understanding.

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is a heart-warming tale which will leave you feeling good about the world we live in.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a sample for my review.  Opinions expressed are mine, yours may differ.


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