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Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus
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Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



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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 plan.

Release dateApr 24, 2012
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Joyce Magnin

Joyce Magnin has written books for adults and children. She teaches writing workshops and is a popular conference speaker. She lives in Pennsylvania. Visit her at joycemagnin.blogspot.com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    As someone with a huge salt and pepper shaker collection how could I not love a book about a woman who shares that interest!Harriet has reached a certain point in her life when she knows she needs to make a change. Her husband has passed and she feels as though she has never accomplished anything. After losing a bet, she agrees to move in with her son and daughter-in-law. She packs up her huge salt and pepper shaker collection and sends her dog ahead to her son’s home. But Harriet decides that she will set off to travel cross country by bus – not the Greyhound kind - but local transportation whenever possible. Her main goal is to make it to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg TN. (yes, it really exists)Harriet Beamer Takes a Bus is a delightful story of an older woman as she discovers things she never knew about travel, people, and her own family. She has quite a few adventures along the way and meets many interesting people. She reaches out to people who are hurting and shares her wisdom, but also opens her heart and learns much in return from them. Thank you to Zondervan for the advanced reader copy of this book. I accepted the book with the understanding that I would give my honest opinion.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    I bought this book to read on my plane trip home. It was a book that made my time go very quickly.
    I enjoyed reading abut Harriet's adventures from Pennsylvania to California. The people she ran into all had their own stories, including the ones that didn't talk to her.

    Harriet lost a bet and had to move from living alone to living with her son and his wife. They lived in Grass Valley, CA. She decided to travel by bus, etc.
    The stations she visits, the people she meets, the places she stays all add to the story.

    Is some of it a little unrealistic? Yes
    It is a good read? Yes