The adventure continues: Review of Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin

harriet beamerHarriet Beamer is a hoot.

The spunky 72-year-old who made a cross country tip by bus in Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is back with a new adventure, Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, in her new California community. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Zondervan in exchange for my review as part of the Booksneeze program.) As she settles in at her son’s house and tries to make herself useful, Harriet visits a gold mine, which sets her wheels a-turnin’. So when she meets a young girl at a cafe who introduces her to her dad and an investment opportunity to become the financial backer of a gold mine, Harriet goes all in. Without telling her son and daughter-in-law, of course.

The adventure is pure Harriet–full of blunders and grace as she learns what’s really important in life.

Harriet is a charming character and I enjoy Magnin’s imagination. Harriet’s words and actions are as believable as they are loveable. If you like Betty White, then check out Harriet Beamer. She’s wholesome, well-intentioned and independent. And let’s not forget Humphrey, the Basset Hound, who has few lines but often steals the scene.

I liked the first Harriet adventure better, but I’m glad to have read this one and peek at the continuing adventures of Harriet.

And who knows? Maybe there are more along the way.


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