Looking for a fun little read with a main character on the far side of 60? Then meet Harriet Beamer. Slightly impulsive but completely loveable, Harriet manages to get herself in hot water in the most charming manner. Always with the best intentions, Harriet’s bright red sneakers seem to guide her right into the most troublesome situations. Newly relocated to California to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Harriet is struggling with her new life. After the freedom of her own home, a room in her son’s house seems cramped and there’s not much scope for adventure…until she falls in with a gold mining deal. Will she strike it rich? Or will she find that gold mining has dangers and risks she never imagined?
Joyce Magnin draws a wonderfully rich character in Harriet. She’s funny, flawed, and delightfully human. Her age hasn’t necessarily helped cure her impulsive side but her motives are usually good. The supporting cast is also good and, while I had to suspend a little belief for Harriet to be quite so naïve, the gold mine story has a fun element and interesting conclusion. It’s great to see an older woman as the main character. This is an enjoyable read that will brighten your day.
This book was provided to me for this review by Zondervan. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!