In Joyce Magnin’s novel, Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, the reader is told that Harriet Beamer and her food loving Basset Hound, Humphrey, have moved from Pennsylvania to California to live with her son, Henry and his wife, Prudence. Not long afterwards she begins to wonder if she made a mistake. Her treasured salt and pepper shaker collection is till being stored in the garage due to a lack of display space in the house. She misses her best friend, Martha, and she has not forgiven Henry for selling her deceased husband’s business. However, things begin to look up when she learns that a suite for her will be added to the house and that she is going to be a grandmother.
A seemingly chance meeting with a needy looking teenager results in Harriet investing a large cash sum in a gold mine. She keeps the venture secret from Henry and Prudence, probably for good reason as they would never approve. Harriet’s secret doesn’t remain a secret for long and as a result Harriet finds herself in the middle of an FBI case.
Harriet does not fit any mold. She is seventy-two, has survived a heart attack, wears Converse sneakers, drives a Vespa scooter, and welcomes adventure. The author has created a memorable character- one who many of us can relate to. She loves, is loyal, shows compassion and is generous. She even exhibits a bit of jealousy. Following along with Harriet on her adventure is fun and I hope she has many more in the future. This book is the second in a series and can be read as a stand alone novel.
I received this book free of charge through BookSneeze.com book reviews bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.