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Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus (Harriet Beamer #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published April 21st 2012 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carol
Jun 07, 2012 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
'Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus' by Joyce Magnin will sit on my "keeper shelf" for re-reading when I need some Harriet in my life! She reminds me of myself when I signed up for a tour of China. I was living alone then and had never been out of the country, but I decided to do it and have never regreted it. If Harriet was real, I would invite her over to share travel stories. She had a lot of amazing adventures on her trip!

At the beginning of the story, Harriet lives in Philadelphia with her basset...more
Shari Larsen
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...more
Carly
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 can’t imagine embarking on a journey like Harriet’s - travelling from Philadelphia to California relying primarily on public transportation. I prefer to travel by car. While this is not a journey I would ever want to take, I sure did love reading about Harriet’s adventure.

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus felt to me a lot like a coming of age story,...more
Ruth Hill
What a perfectly delightful read! I absolutely love Harriet Beamer, and I would love to grow up to be like her some day. She is the absolutely ideal senior citizen who has decided her life is still not over. She knows that even in her golden years, God is not finished with her yet.

I was absolutely enthralled with Harriet's journey. And just when I did not think the mode of travel could get any zanier, it did! No spoilers here. If you want to know of Harriet's travel, you must read it.

I was encha...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
What do you do when you look back at the last 72 years of your life and realize you're not getting any younger? The only time you've ever gone anywhere was to the Jersey shore on vacation. Now that she has lost a bet with her son Henry and his wife Prudence over an accident at Christmas, Harriet is forced to sell her home and move in with them. After all, it's apparent to them, you can't be left to care for yourself all alone. Yet rather than jump aboard a plane and head for Grass Valley, CA on...more
April the Librarian
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...more
Brenda
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...more
Glenajo
Great Fun, Totally Enjoyable

Widow Harriet Beamer still living in the house where she spent her married life and raised her son, awaits that son’s arrival from California. 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 trave...more
Roberto Mattos
The author did a magnificent job creating this wonderful character named Harriet Beamer. She is a sweet old lady that lives alone with her dog (Humphrey) in her home in Pennsylvania, missing her late husband (Max) and with her son Henry living in California with his wife Prudence. After breaking her ankle and loosing a bet, she sells her house in order to move to California, to live with Henry, but she decided to take the long trip to the new home. She ships her dog and most of her belongings (t...more
Mary
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus is a fun story about a 72 year old widow who loses a bet resulting in her moving across the country to live with her only son and his wife.

Harriet Beamer lived a quiet life in Philadelphia with her dog, Humphrey. She has a best friend, Martha, who she loves very much. Her son, Henry, and his wife, Prudence, live in California with their cat, Sandra Day.

When hanging Christmas decorations at home, Harriet falls and breaks her ankle. She didn’t think it was broken, so s...more
Sally
I liked this book, even though it wasn't totally realistic. Harriet Beamer, a 72-year-old widow must move from her life-long home in Pennsylvania to live with her son and daughter-in-law in California. Realizing that she never traveled much in her long life, she decides to "take the scenic route" by traveling as much as possible using public transportation - in other words not by flying, driving or taking a Greyhound bus. She starts out on a local city bus, with no real itinerary except to make...more
Sid Frost
This is the story of Harriet Beamer, a seventy-two year old widow who had been living alone in Philadelphia. After falling while decorating her Christmas tree, her daughter-in-law Prudence tricks Harriet into selling her home and moving in with her and Henry, Harriet's son.

When Harriet realizes what happened, she reluctantly keeps her promise to move, but decides to take her time making the long journey to Grass Valley, California, near Sacramento. Not only does she want to get there on her own...more
Linda B
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 s...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Harriet Beamer is 72 years old, and living all alone since her dear husband, Max, passed away. Let's not forget about her dog, Humphrey, though. She loves spoiling him to pieces by giving him glazed donuts(never jelly filled). When she falls from a chair and hurts her ankle, she makes a bet with her daughter-in-law, Prudence, that it isn't broken. If she loses? She moves across the country to live with her son, Henry, and Prudence. When Harriet finds out that she will indeed be moving across the...more
Jennifer AlLee
In Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, the title character is a widowed senior citizen who collects salt and pepper shakers and has meaningful conversations with her basset hound, Humphrey. While decorating her Christmas tree, Harriet takes a spill and breaks her ankle. The discovery that the ankle is indeed broken causes her to lose an impulsive bet with her daughter-in-law. Always one to keep her word, Harriet must now pack up her shakers, sell her house, and move from Philadelphia to Grass Valley,...more
Pat W. Kirk
Seventy-two year old Harriet Beamer falls off a ladder. Her daughter-in-law, Prudence, makes a bet with Harriet. If the foot is broken, she must come and live with Prudence and Henry. “It was a suckers bet,” Harriet says as she plans her trip to California to join them. But she decides to take the long way by local transportation. A friendly stranger helps her find her Droid, Amelia, to plan each new course—deciding as she goes.

Henry worries as she calls to tell him about her ride on a helicopt...more
Brooke Berry
Whenever I am driving to visit my family, the 10 hour drive to Idaho seems to take too long and I am always in a hurry. 2 minutes to hit the bathroom and grab a snack while we fill up with gas. Any longer and I'm leaving you there! Having made this trip 3-4 times a year almost my entire life, I have most of little towns and sights memorizes. We always drive passed these amazing towns with rivers for my husband to fish in and quaint gift shops for me. One day I would like to to have no timeline a...more
Laurie
Harriet is a seventy-two year old widow that lives alone. Her son, Henry, had called from the airport, on his way home to visit for the holidays. While waiting, Harriet decides to hang some ornaments on the tree, and slips and falls. Knowing her son will arrive shortly, and thinking she severely sprained her ankle, she decides to just stay on the floor and wait for him. Henry arrives and believes his mother to be helpless as he finds her just sitting on the floor waiting. Harriet argues with her...more
AbbyJoy
In all honestly, I hate to be negative, but I really wasn't thrilled with this book. Maybe it was the age range it was aimed at, maybe it was something else. I don't know. I initially thought it was an interesting concept for a plot line, but it just didn't keep my interest.

In a last stroke of independence--or possibly rebellion...?--Harriet Beamer sets out on a journey across the United States to her children's home, where she will be living. However, she insists on using only public transporta...more
Kathy
Every now and again we look up and wonder, what’s it all for? What is the purpose of my life? Well, in Harriet Beamer Takes The Bus, Harriet sets out to discover just that. 72 year old Harriet is a widow who lives alone in Bryn Mawr, PA. When her son Henry and his wife Prudence discover that Harriet has fallen and can’t get up, they make a bet that if Harriet has broken her foot in the fall, she has to come live with them. Clear across the country in Grass Valley, CA. Give up the house her late...more
Cheryl
This was an inexpensive Kindle book offer. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is the story of a 72 year old woman who makes a bet, loses, and ends up a winner as she discovers herself while traveling cross country on public transportation. It was thoughtful and humorous in turns.
Patty
My local librarian recommended this book to me. I really enjoyed it. Sweet story of an older woman moving from Pa to Ca to live with her son...decides to have an adventure. Travels cross country by bus,train, whatever she can find. Learns much about herself and the people she meets.
Tima
Harriet loses a bet and now has to sell her home and move across country to live with her son and daughter-in-law. So puts her dog on a plane and makes her way across country using only local buses, taxis and the kindness of strangers.

This was a really cute book. The story was fun and entertaining. It was neat to see the country through the eyes of an "older" person. There were some thoughtful moments in the book, but mostly it was just clean, light fun. Some of the stories seemed a little surre...more
Julie
I love old people! Love 'em! It hasn't always been that way for me, they used to scare me. These days I could sit and talk to them for hours. Older people have so many great stories, and that is why I loved this book so much. Harriet Beamer had great stories before she took the bus I am sure, but I loved following her along on her adventure across the nation.

I found myself driving down the road thinking about Harriet, and what she was doing along her trip to live with her son and his wife. I kno...more
Janet
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...more
Maureen
I enjoy Magnin's books and this did not disappoint. Great characters, great plot.
Diane Davis
An absolutely delightful story... First it starts in Pennsylvania where Harriet lived and where she loses a bet with her daughter in law and has to move to Grass Valley, CA, which in reality is where I live... In the book she meets a lovely couple named Blakely, which is my granddaughters married name... Then she spends some time in Pueblo , which is where my husband was born and so it just seemed like the story was made for me. Harriet is a wonderful lady who has more adventures than you could...more
Trachelle
Cute light hearted book. Harriet made me miss my Granny, she had this kind of spunk and I could see her taking this same journey Harriet did. Loved how she impacted those around her and yet she did not know how she touched so many lives. I like how Harriet's character grew on her journey even at her age she learned new things about herself and the world around her. Harriet showed me that no matter how old you think you are you can still achieve goals that you might have thought were just a dream...more
Guna
Although this is considered a book of Christian fiction, there are no overt signs - people of all types would like this.
Harriet is a 72 year-old who decided to sell her house (when she lost a bet with her daughter-in-law) and took local transportation from her home in Philadelphia to her son's home in Grassy Valley, California. She took a meandering, scenic route, and met many different types of people on the way, was mugged, kidnapped, and stopped a purse snatcher herself.
I enjoyed reading this...more
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