Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, by Joyce Magnin
Aging and widowed 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-shaker collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows.
The catch? She’s doing it her way. Just wait until 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, taxi, 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.
This was a really fun book!
Harriet is smart, witty, and full of life. She’s also full of love for God!
I felt like I could just see Harriet as she started on her adventure and came across all sorts of people, places, and situations while travelling across the country on public transportation. Her encounters range from heart-warming to heart-racing scary, and yet Harriet remains steadfast on her faith that God will carry her through whatever happens.
I love the personal touches to Harriet’s character as well. You see how she grieves for her husband, who had passed away. You feel her desire to make a memorable journey out of a situation that is very difficult for many to face; loss of independence. You also can’t help but smile at her love for salt and pepper shakers!
I can only hope that I have as much life left in me when I’m in my 70s!Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review, but was not obligated to give a positive review. Affiliate link included in this post.