Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold
Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin follows a spunky, adventurous elderly lady named, of course, Harriet Beamer. After taking a road trip across the country to come live with her son and daughter-in-law in book one of this series, Harriet Takes The Bus (which I haven't read yet, but can't wait to read now), she arrives and is swindled into a fake gold mine deal by a teenager and her shady father. The subplots of Harriet's best friend and her son's struggles and Harriet's son and daughter-in-law's struggle to have a baby are also rich and well developed. I absolutely loved this book. When I chose it I didn't realize it was Book Two in the Harriet Beamer series, but it read just as well as a stand alone title, although it did reference things from the first book. I plan to read the first book as soon as I can because this one was so enjoyable. This is a fun, witty, fresh, and quirky tale. An elderly protagonist was one I've never read before, and although I worried about connecting with the story, I had absolutely no trouble connecting with and enjoying Harriet's story. The story was tear jerkingly poignant at times and laugh out loud hilarious at others. It drew me in from the first page and I had trouble putting it down. I absolutely recommend this book. It was a fun and easy read, while weighty as well. I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.