Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Paperback | August 11, 2013

byJoyce Magnin

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After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. When Harriet learns that she's going to be a grandma for the first time and get a new suite with room for her salt-and-pepper shaker collection, she can't wait for her best friend, Martha, to come visit so she can share her good news.

But adventure is never far away when Harriet is around. After listening to the pleas of a desperate teen whose daddy needs money right away-and happens to have a gold mine to lease-Harriet falls hook, line, and sinker into the venture. Although she's nervous about her investment, Harriet chooses to keep it a secret from her son, Henry, and his wife. She can only imagine what she'll do if this turns out to be her ticket to a golden windfall.

When suspicions arise, though, it becomes clear that Harriet may never see an ounce of gold. But will she continue to trust and risk losing everything? The fate of the young teen and a family emergency show Harriet where her true treasure lies. 

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After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. When Harriet learns that she's going to be a grandma for the first time and get a new suite with room for her salt-and-pepper shaker collection, she can't wait for her best friend, Martha,...

Joyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright's Pond Series, and the middle grade novel, Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.39 × 0.8 inPublished:August 11, 2013Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031033358X

ISBN - 13:9780310333586

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin is a most delightful story about a seventy plus widow and all the adventures she has and all the scrapes she gets into. Harriet is living in Pennsylvania but her son, Henry, convinces her to move to Grass Valley, California to live with him and his wife, Prudence. Harriet has reservations about moving but she and Humphrey, her basset hound that loves donuts, make the move across the country. Shortly after arriving in California, Harriet learns that she is to be a grandma and that a “Grammy suite” is going to be added to the house. Harriet is almost as excited about the suite as she is about the expected grandchild for now she will have a place to display her enormous collection of salt and pepper shakers. Harriet is always getting involved in one adventure or another and she gets drawn into the life of a young girl after listening to her explain that her dad has a gold mine to lease but he needs money right away. Harriet falls completely and gives money to the man but she decides to keep the venture from her son. When her best friend, Martha, comes to visit, she has doubts about the mine and convinces Harriet to go to the police. Both women are fond of the man’s daughter and do everything they can to help her. All the characters were very well developed and they came to life as I read the book and I felt as if they were friends of mine. Descriptions of scenes were so realistic that I could see them clearly in my mind and even see myself in the middle of what was going on. There was even a good bit of suspense in the story. Prudence has had two miscarriages and at one point it seemed that she was going to have a third. There was a surprise when they learned there would be twins. The biggest suspense was if Harriet would ever see a speck of gold and would Martha decide to sell her home in Pennsylvania and move to California? I do not want to spoil the ending but I will say that it is a happy ending. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good Christian story and especially one that has an adventurous female senior citizen as the main character. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan as part of the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I am happy to be reviewing “Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold” by author Joyce Magnin. Harriet is a seventy something widow, that moves across the country to live with her son, Henry and his wife Prudence. As with any roommate, there can be some challenges and growing pains and this move has no exceptions. Harriet is excited to be closer to her son but misses her own space, has no room to display her prized salt and pepper shakers, and misses her best friend Martha. Luckily for Harriet, she was able to bring her side-kick Humphrey, a basset hound. Through walking him on the neighbourhood streets she is able to meet a few of the neighbours – whether she wants to or not. Harriet ventures out into the community to try to meet new people and find some new hobbies. In a visit to the local diner, she meets a teen who tells her that she can make some easy money by investing in a gold mine lease. Harriet is up for any adventure and invests her money in this new venture. She is really hoping that they strike it rich so that she can help her son out with finances. She entered into this with the best of intentions. Harriet won my heart early on in the book and you struggle right along with her as she tries to find her place in this new town and in her sons’ home. Moving is hard at any age but when you give up all of your roots and start over, it can be difficult to enjoy your new surroundings. The whole family is learning to trust that God will provide and guide them in the right direction. This book was a nice easy read and kept me in suspense about what would happen next. This isn’t my usual ‘romance’ book that I like to read but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I will have to pick up the other books to see what other adventures Harriet goes on. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® http://BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Date published: 2013-08-20