Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Review: Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet’s back! And I still want to be just like her when I grow up. Well, maybe I don’t want to be quite so gullible or quick to jump to wrong conclusions. But I like her adventurous spirit--and her bright, red sneakers!

In the first book, in case you haven’t read it yet, 72-year-old Harriet Beamer travels from Pennsylvania to California by rather unconventional means and learns all kinds of lessons along the way. In this second book, Harriet Strikes Gold, Harriet is now living with her son and daughter-in-law, getting used to her new town. Of course, Humphrey the dog is with her, and he’s still eating all the donuts he can get his paws on. But Harriet is feeling a little bit discouraged. She hasn’t made any new friends, nor does she want to. She wonders if her family really wants her there or if they feel obligated to care for her in her senior years. And worst of all, there is no room in their little house for her salt and pepper shaker collection.

Things change quickly, though, when a neighbor from down the street takes Harriet to visit a real gold mind, then tells her about placer mines for lease. Harriet is picturing herself panning for gold with Humphrey when a teenage girl and her father approach with the opportunity of a lifetime, and Harriet’s new adventure begins.

This book was so much fun, I read it straight through. It ended just perfectly for everyone involved. I’ll be watching for book 3. I thank Zondervan Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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