Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

by Joyce Magnin
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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin

After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. But adventure is never far away when Harriet is around.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310333586
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Harriet Beamer SeriesSeries Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 668,735
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Quirky and entertaining! Want fiction loaded with eccentric characters whose lives provide more than a slight flash of humor? Want stories that examine human frailties and problems with sensitivity and a fresh approach, but still with Christian values?  Then you need to discover author Joyce Magnin.  I've already reviewed a couple novels from the Bright Pond series( Prayers of Agnes Sparrow and Charlotte Figgs Takes over Paradise). I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed when I started Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold and I wasn't.   Harriet whose cross country trip to her son and daughter in law's home in California is told in the book Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus has now settled in with Henry and Prudence.  Well, maybe her doughnut-eating basset hound has accepted their new home more than she has.  Harriet wishes she could set up her precious salt and pepper shaker collection (did I mention that Magnin is a quirky writer?) and she also misses her best friend Martha.  Plus she seems a little jealous that her writer son has a close relationship with an elderly neighbor lady.  But when Martha finds out that she will soon be a grandmother, life begins to look up.  Maybe it is that blossoming grandmothering instinct that causes Harriet to listen to a young teenage girl's woeful story and then secretly invest money in a gold mine venture offered by the girl's father. As I've said before I am drawn to stories that provide protagonists of varying ages and backgrounds.  Not too many books offer heroines who have seen more than 70 summers! I did not read the first Harriet book, but I am ready for book 3 of adventures.  Wonder if she'll be driving her son's beamer (BMW) or her yellow scooter?  I received a copy of this title from Book Sneeze for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.
Ashley_22 More than 1 year ago
Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold Harriet Beamer is always up for an adventure, her and her hound Humphrey, but since she has moved in wither her son & daughter in law her adventures seem dim. She doesn't even have room for her beloved salt and pepper shaker collection. She's lonely and misses home. Her friend Martha, however, is coming to visit so maybe things will get better. While Harriet is waiting on Martha's visit, she meets Lily, a dark teenager who tells her a story of how her mom died & her dad is depressed because he has no work. He wants to lease a Gold Mine but doesn't have the money. That strikes Harriet's attention, her mind has been on Gold lately. It's an offer she can't refuse. But is this a scheme or for real...? You'll just have to read the book to find out! This book is an awesome read. Harriet is a witty, funny Grandma who has a hound who loves doughnuts & she wears converse sneakers. She's hilarious. I'm so glad I got this book. I would recommend it to anyone!!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Once again, Harriet finds herself in the middle of an adventure, as she follows the advice of her son to make new friends and find a hobby. After touring a local gold mine with her friendly pie-baking neighbor, Florence, she gets hit with gold fever and buys into a local mining venture. Is it too good to be true? Maybe she has to learn a lesson the hard way, or maybe she is there to be a blessing in disguise to a neglected teenager. It's always fun just to follow along, like her dog Humphrey, and find out how it will turn out. Another fun, light read in this series by Joyce Magnin.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
She’s baaa-aaack! The zany yet lovable Harriet Beamer is back in all her glory! She has completed her cross country move and is settling into her new place with her son and daughter-in-law. The problem is that it has been three months and she still feels like a visitor. Her room is tiny and her daughter-in-law just doesn't seem to share her sense of style. Harriet is missing her own space and her best friend Martha. It doesn't take long for Harriet to get mixed up in her next adventure. When Harriet meets Lily and decides to become an investor in the gold mine Lily’s father Winslow is involved in, the shenanigans begin. From her red high top Converse All Stars to her hip yellow Vespa scooter Harriet Beamer is a force to be reckoned with. Her son Henry, daughter-in-law Prudence and her friends Martha and Florence have their hands full just keeping her out of the trouble that just seems to fall in her lap. Joyce Magnin has put together another rollicking adventure for her readers. Her characters are quirky, funny and delightful all rolled together. While this is book two in her current series I think that you can still enjoy this book as a stand-alone but of course you’d really be treating yourself if you went back and read HarrietBeamer Takes the Bus.I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Harriet, a delightful seventy-two year-old lady lives with her son, his wife, their cat, and Humphrey, a basset hound. I easily connected with her. I found myself chuckling at various passages. The novel is written in a light-hearted style that's easy to follow. Food is one theme of this story. In one day, three people consume a dozen glazed doughnuts, a blueberry pie, and a peach cobbler! (I wonder at the size of these characters.) I love sweets, but this seems to be way too much. I wonder if the author is using meals and food as padding for the storyline. Some mistakes in editing are hard to ignore. At the bottom of page174, Harriet is talking to Harriet. (She should have been talking to Martha.) On page 258, Pru and Henry park; however, on page 259, they get "ready to leave the house." (Sections are misplaced.) A reader is easily distracted with errors like these. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®.