by Joyce Magnin
"Aging and widowed 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-rays later, Harriet’s ankle – and her heart – are broken. She packs up, ships her huge salt-and-pepper-shaker collection to California, and prepares to move away from the only life she knows.
The catch? She’s doing it her way. Just wait until her daughter-in-law hears Harriet will travel cross-country only by public transportation and alternate means. What follows is a hilarious, heartwarming journey by train, metro bus, taxi, and motorcycle. Along the way, Harriet discovers that although her family thinks it’s time for her to be put out to pasture, God has a different plan. You can read Harriet's blog on her journey."
Harriet's not one to take things sitting down - that's for sure! She has a little bit of stubborn defiance in her, just like me; which is probably why I loved this novel so much. Riding local buses (and whatever else she came across in the moment) across America is daring and Harriet ran into quite a few interesting people, places and situations along the way. Along the way Harriet learns that God has a plan for her life, no matter how old she is or how simple your talents are. I have to say, the only thing better than reading this book would have been to actually go WITH Harriet! Converse shoes, stoles and all!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review!