Saturday, September 21, 2013

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

This story of a senior citizen daring to stand up for herself will resonate with Christian fiction readers everywhere.
In Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin, Harriet settles into a new life in Grass Valley, California, and gets caught up in another adventure when she decides to lease a gold mine. 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 is nervous about her investment, Harriet chooses to keep it a secret from her son, Henry, and his wife who have just learned they are expecting a baby. And besides, this just may be the ticket to a golden windfall.
But when Harriet’s friend Martha comes for a visit, she convinces Harriet to come clean because she is suspicious and just doesn’t buy that the operation is legit.
Harriet may never see an ounce of gold, but it is the fate of the young teen that really begins to matter. And it takes an emergency with her daughter-in-law, Prudence, for Harriet to learn where her true treasure lies.

This book sounds like so much fun, I just had to request a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. I anxiously awaited my copy in the mail and started it right away. It completely lost me quite quickly, however. I was looking forward to a spunky, sassy elderly character and was greeted by a sad, depressed woman that felt trapped in her life; too young for a retirement home but too old to be on her own she was living with her son and his wife in a tiny room where she couldn't even have all her stuff with her. She's resentful of her situation and her daughter-in-law and wishing for a way out. I made it four or five chapters into the book before I gave up on Harriet. She was not the spunky, gold mining character I was looking forward to meeting, and the book felt like it was getting nowhere fast. 

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