Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus (Harriet Beamer Series)

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Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists she's getting along fine with her dog Humphrey in Philadelphia. 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.


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She's doing it her way. 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. Related Products. Joyce Magnin. More Info Add To Wishlist.

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Magnin breathes gentle life into the classic road trip structure. Henry is more fully rendered than Prudence, who remains somewhat opaque. Agency: MacGregor Literary. May Reed Business Information. Have a question about this product? The journey that the reader is invited along with Harriet is memorable, fun and often times sobering as she meets with people from all walks of life.

She finds herself offering invaluable wisdom to the people she engages with, names her GPS application within her Droid phone, Amelia, and continues collecting her salt and pepper shakers as she journeys to California, one bus, one train, one memorable journey at a time. I LOVED this adorable story because it relates to a situation close to my own heart where an elderly woman living alone was asked to sell her own home because they felt she couldn't care for herself and live with them.

I would have loved to see her have as much gumption as Harriet Beamer did and take life by the reins and ride it for the best time of her life.

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I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and it truly shows in the character of Harriet Beamer that age is just a number, and life is truly worth living to the final moment! May 01, Brenda rated it it was amazing. When seventy-two year old Harriet Beamer falls off of a kitchen chair, she bets her daughter-in-law that her ankle isn't broken. The bet is that if the ankle is broken she will sell her home in PA and that she and her dog Humphrey will move to California to live with them, and if it isn't broken she gets to keep her home. Well turns out she looses the bet and must move to California.

While packing her things she realizes that she has only taken one trip in her life and decides that instead of fl When seventy-two year old Harriet Beamer falls off of a kitchen chair, she bets her daughter-in-law that her ankle isn't broken. While packing her things she realizes that she has only taken one trip in her life and decides that instead of flying she is going to travel cross county by bus or public transportation so that she can do a bit of sight seeing. So she puts Humphrey on a plane and decides to embark on her journey cross country. What will Harriet learn as she travels cross country?

Read this wonderful book and find out! I loved Harriet Beamer! She was such a great character who was very together and knew what she wanted to do. While it pained her to sell the home that she shared with her husband she moves on with grace. She was such an easy to relate to person. The journey that she decides to take allows her to connect with people she would never have normally encountered.

As we travel along with Harriet we also get glimpses of what's going on in California with her son Henry and his wife Prudence, who are taking care of Humphrey. Overall, while I knew the ultimate destination that Harriet plans to reach, its the many stops along the way that make this book such a worthwhile read. I always enjoy when pets are a part of any story and with this one we have Humphrey, Harriet's Basset Hound and Sandra Day her daughter-in-laws cat. I loved my trip cross country with Harriet and would love to see more from this character.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants a few laughs but also a few serious moments as well!

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A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jul 13, Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing. Harriet Beamer is a 72 year old widow, very happily living on her own with her basset hound, Humphrey in Pennsylvania, until she has fall when her son Henry and daughter in law Prudence are visiting. She makes a bet with Prudence, if her ankle is broken, and Harriet is sure it isn't , she will move to California to live with her and Henry.

Well, her ankle is indeed broken, and Harriet doesn't really want to move, but she isn't going to welsh on a bet either. She sells her house, and as she is pa Harriet Beamer is a 72 year old widow, very happily living on her own with her basset hound, Humphrey in Pennsylvania, until she has fall when her son Henry and daughter in law Prudence are visiting.

She sells her house, and as she is packing up her beloved collection of salt and pepper shakers, she decides that if she has to go to California, she is going to do it her way. She's never traveled further than the Jersey Shore, but she decides she will get to her son's by bus; and not the Greyhound bus either, but public transportation. Armed with just a tote bag, a rolling suitcase, and a Droid phone with a GPS, which she names Amelia , she sends Humphrey on ahead to California and sets out on an adventure, collecting salt and pepper shakers along the way, and even stopping at The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Tennessee a real place!

She meets all kinds of interesting people along the way, and makes a lot of friends. She is also forced to take a few unconventional forms of transportation through areas that can't be reached on public transit. Her adventures are both hilarious and heartwarming. I loved this book, and Joyce Magnin is one of my favorite authors; she is indeed the "Queen of Quirk".

Even though Harriet is a fictional character, she is very inspiring, proving that you are never to old to achieve your dreams. View all 3 comments. Apr 26, Carly rated it it was amazing. There are few things better than a good road trip story and Harriet Beamer takes a road trip that would be a challenge for the most youthful of souls.

I prefer to travel by car. Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus felt to me a lot like a coming of age story, There are few things better than a good road trip story and Harriet Beamer takes a road trip that would be a challenge for the most youthful of souls. Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus felt to me a lot like a coming of age story, even though Harriet is seventy-two years old.

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She had never been anywhere or done anything adventurous, but now is the time for her to set out on her own to buy her own salt and pepper shakers instead of other people buying them for her. On this journey, Harriet learned a lot about herself and about God, making it truly the adventure of a lifetime. I have to admit that I started to feel a bit road weary along with Harriet.

I think I may have given up at some point and hopped on a plane or rented a car, but Harriet shows us that persevering can lead to many great discoveries. This book was a lot of fun and I enjoyed taking this journey with a woman who inspired me. I highly recommend this book. It is unique and fun and truly an amazing journey. This book really touched me and I am a little sad that it is over. I am hoping that I have not seen the last of Harriet Beamer.

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Apr 22, Glenajo rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , christian , women-s. Her son and his wife arrive to discover her on the floor after a fall from a ladder while putting up Christmas decorations. Harriet bets her daughter-in-law that the ankle is not broken and if it is Harriet will move to California if it is broken. After the broken ankle heals, Harriet decides to move to California, but to travel there by local public transportation as much as possible.

Along the way, Harriet has many adventures, meets many new friends, and reaches some conclusions. I loved this book. Harriet is a character that you want to pull out of the book to visit with, and make your new best friend. Received Galley from NetGalley. Apr 30, April the Librarian rated it liked it. Senior citizen Harriet makes a bad bet. If her ankle sprained, she gets to remain in her lifelong home in Pennsylvania; if it is broken, like her son and daughter-in-law believe, then she is selling her home and moving to California with them.

You guessed it, it is broken. Only when the time comes to head to Cali, Harriet makes a decision. She is going to be brave and make this a journey of discovery, not just a plane ride to California. Harriet decides that she is going to see the country, main Senior citizen Harriet makes a bad bet. Harriet decides that she is going to see the country, mainly by using public transportation. No Amtrak for her, local buses as much as possible. This was a gentle, cozy read and I can see it being used as a book club selection for church groups,senior groups or caregiver groups.

It will appeal to all of these groups. There is also a heavy emphasis on faith and belief in God as part of the storyline. While the scenarios are a bit fantastic, it was a fun read. This review is based on a digital galley provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Jul 14, Chelsea rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-fiction-devourers-group , local-library , my-friends , stories-and-literature. What a beautiful story! View 2 comments. Jul 19, Martha rated it liked it. Sweet story about a widow who is forced to leave her home and move in with her son and daughter-in-law.

However, Harriet is doing it on her terms. She is making the trek from Philadelphia to Grass Valley, California via public transportation. And she doesn't want to take the Greyhound. Harriet is in search of self, purpose, and of course the salt and pepper shaker museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Harriet meets many interesting people along the way. Inner strength pushes her on as well as the wil Sweet story about a widow who is forced to leave her home and move in with her son and daughter-in-law. Inner strength pushes her on as well as the will to see her beloved basset hound, Humphrey, again.

He was air lifted to California ahead of her eventual arrival. Speaks to women who find themselves in a similar situation as well as the caregivers who yearn to help their loved ones.

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Aug 09, Marilyn Pettigrove rated it really liked it. Harriet Beamer is She has been a wife and mother but feels she has missed out on something - a chance to do something that was just hers. After losing a bet to her daughter in law which requires her moving to California, she decides she is going to do it her way.

She isn't going to fly. She going to use only public transportation.


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  • This takes her on buses, trains, motorcycles, a helicopter and many other forms of transportation. When she does this she meets many people who are in need of a to Harriet Beamer is When she does this she meets many people who are in need of a touch that only she can give. She also meets people who give her a touch. This is an inspirational. It is sentimental. It doesn't move quickly. She is quirky. She is funny and she is kind. It is a lovely little book.

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