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Mrs. Mike (Mrs. Mike #1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  13,965 Ratings  ·  1,726 Reviews
A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of the Great North to life-and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Berkley (first published 1947)
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Aug 24, 2007 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: favorites
This wasn't on my list of scheduled reads but while I was in a bookstore last month to purchase a book for a Christmas exchange, I saw Mrs. Mike on the shelves and felt compelled to buy this much beloved book.

I'm often asked what my favorite book is. I always answer that I don't have one; there are many books I love but they are too different to say one is superior to another.

I have changed my mind. Mrs. Mike is my favorite book.

A coming of age story set in the Canadian North in the year 1907, K
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mrs. Mike has been a lifelong favorite book. I've got a battered paperback that's been in my personal library for years, and I've been curious to see how well the novel holds now that I'm older and a little more critical of my reading material. The answer is: very well, especially considering that this book was written in 1947.

This semi-fictional (reportedly mostly fictional) autobiographical novel follows the life, loves, adventures, sorrows and joys of the real-life Katherine Mary O'Fallon Fl
Dec 19, 2011 JuliaOrlando rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
16 year old Bostonian Katherine Mary O'Fallon is sent to Calgary Canada to live with her uncle to help her recover from pleurisy. During her first year (few months) there she meets, falls in love with and marry Sgt. Mike Flannigan of the Northwest Mounted Police.

This book is based on Katherine Mary's life with her husband in the early 1900's in (at the time) uncivilized Calgary, Hudson's Hope and Grouard Canada. Even though this book is, IMO, simply written, it has the knack of pulling the reade

4.5 Stars! Just a good old fashioned sweet romance!

An oldie but goodie. It was charming, heartbreaking, full of sacrifice and struggles, and a couple devoted to each other through it all!

Who wouldn't fall in love with this?!
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3.5 stars, rounded down for veering from the facts given to them by the real Katherine O'Flannagan, and with my sympathies to her: Some story-spoilers in here, so beware: (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Kayla rated it did not like it
This book is well-written. it's interesting, and it has very high reviews. I think I might be the only female in the world to not like this book. Here is my summary:

The book starts off with a 16-year old Boston girl in the 1900's taking the train to the Canadian "Wild West" to live with her uncle. The girl is the narrator and she is clever, and funny.

Kate gets to Canada and is told there aren't a lot of women up there because they are "too soft for this land". Kate meets Mike, a Canadian Mount
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Audiobook narrated by Kirsten Potter.

In 1907, Katherine Mary O’Fallon is only sixteen when she moves to her uncle’s ranch outside Calgary, Alberta from her home in Boston. She suffers from pleurisy and it is thought the clean air of Canada will be better for her. It’s a very different world from the big city life she is used to, but she finds friendship and love, and eventually marries the local Sergeant of the Canadian Mounted Police, Mike Flannigan. Together they travel much farther north, wh
May 09, 2008 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2008 Werner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
Recommended to Werner by: My wife
Benedict and Nancy Freedman, the two partners in the husband-wife writing team who co-wrote this and several other novels, were born, respectively, in 1919 and 1920; so when writing historical fiction, like Dickens and Stephen Crane, they chose to set it in the generation immediately before their own, where the world they were writing about was still a living memory, and could be researched through living voices. As the Goodreads description above indicates, the primary setting here is northern ...more
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Mar 07, 2013 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction, romance
I read this story in *humph-humph..clears throat* 1984, in Grade 9 English.

I later found it in our local libraries 'give-away' bin. My copy is the original 1947 publication, and has been re-bound and taped up too many times.

My youngest daughter has since read it, and she too has fallen in love with it as well.

This book is such a wonderful treasure that I hold dear to my heart.
Sep 25, 2013 Tweety rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who like a good yarn
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
This is the best book I have ever read about life in Canada. Every thing came alive, jumped out of the pages and enveloped me into their world. I half wish I could go and see where they all lived. But, there is a darkness that is not entirely visible in the first half.
Mrs. Mike was such a lovable character. And you could see her grow throughout the book and become a better person. A few times I found things so funny I nearly died laughing. Having humor helped lighten the darkness. The only part
May 18, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it

This book is a real gem, which I very much enjoyed....
It's a story of triumph over unimaginable hardship and heartbreaking tragedy, set in Alaska during the days of its first settlers.
With unforgettable characters, atmospheric settings, lots of historical information about the time in which it's set, plus a wonderful love story, it's a book I'm so happy to have discovered.
I was going to give this a 3.5 but will leave it at 4 as the ending brought it up for me. This is a fantastic reading experience in terms of understanding the challenges of living in the remote Canadian wilderness at the turn of the century. I really enjoyed learning about the Indians and their culture and their relationships with the "white" settlers/trappers etc. I thought it was portrayed as mostly a positive and respectful one. For this era, the women were exceptionally strong. The story is ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok
This book is set in the Canadian wilderness when small pox and diphtheria were both still problems among the Indian nations in that area. It wreaked havoc on everyone. There were also other problems associated with wilderness living. This all sounds like things that I love in historical fiction. But sadly, this was just okay for me. I loved the first 15 minutes. I thought for sure this was going to be 5 stars. But it was in a steady decline for the rest of the time.
May 13, 2012 Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of all times. I wish I could find it in ebook form. I would never take it off my kindle, iPad or iphine
Rashmirekha Basu
Jan 04, 2012 Rashmirekha Basu rated it it was ok
In my infinite wisdom,I chose to read this "heart warming" romantic saga of Boston girl who married a "rugged Canadian Mountie " as a light read to take my mind off another ghastly round of semester exams. If you are in need of further proof of my imbecilic notions I was reading this in tandem with Carson Mc Culler's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter .My cup runneth over.

Before I start ranting and frothing at the mouth let me just ask the wise folk here who apparently read this book when they were 10
Oct 27, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: Britt
Usually when I read I have a pretty good idea from the first hundred or so pages whether I’ll like a book or not. Sometimes my opinion changes just from a bad ending, but that's atypical.

This book, though, took me on a bit of a roller coaster ride. It started out on a high. From the first paragraph, I was hooked; just listen to the fun, engaging narrative style:

“The worst winder in fifty years, the old Scotsman had told me. I’d only been around for sixteen, but it was the worst I’d seen, and I
Mar 21, 2015 Poiema rated it it was amazing
A sweet read that struck me as simple and perhaps even simplistic, at first. As the love story of Mike, a Canadian Mountie, and his young Irish bride unfolds, the story gains momentum and depth. "Mrs. Mike" is a city girl, Boston bred. The stark wilderness of northern Canada is at first a great adventure, but the monumental challenges accumulate. Katherine, full of vivacity, jumps right in to the community life of the remote outpost in which they serve. Serve she must; the settlers are constantl ...more
Dec 09, 2007 Patricia rated it really liked it
I read about this book in the Oprah magazine and got to it before there were a million holds on it at the library. It was great! A lot of times when I read books written pre 1960, I have to work to keep my attention on the page. It’s amazing how writing styles have changed in 50+ years. But this was a gripping book that kept me reading and reading.

It’s based on the true story of Katherine who, in 1907 at the age of 16 moved from Boston to Alberta to live with her uncle. She moves because the wea
Mar 24, 2008 JSou rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JSou by: My mom
I have read this book about ten times since I was a little girl, it was the first book my mom ever recommended to me, so maybe that's a big part of why I love it so much. This is one story that just gets better and better every time I read it. It's one of those that affect you SO much more after you have your own kids.

This is probably the only book I have read as an adult that made me WEEP uncontrollably as I read (but still couldn't put it down). I'm sure everyone around me thought I was a nutc
Apr 21, 2009 Kirsten rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was one that I really wanted to finish and did so quickly despite the fact that I have a 2 year old and that I am going to school full time. It was neat to learn that it is based on the actual experiences of a woman and her family so it made it so much more real to me. I felt like it helped me to appreciate all the blessings that I have and appreciate family more. Sometimes the small little irritations of daily life seem like such a big deal, but when you step back ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Dooba rated it liked it
Mrs. Mike is a novel that comes across as gentle at first. It tells the story of Kathy, who is sent to the north to live with her uncle so she can heal from her pleurisy. And through her eyes you learn of the wild North West - Canada, where she goes with her very new husband Mike.

It took me a while to get into this story. Kathy is young and flighty, and she comes across as somewhat superficial, with the moodswings to suit a seventeen-year-old. However, she marries at that age, and she has to gr
Jan 21, 2009 Marni rated it really liked it
It's been several years since I read this and wondered how I would see it as an adult. The story is a good one. Kathy moves from Boston and a life of comfort to Canada to live with her uncle because of her health issues. She marries a mountie, Mike Flannigan, and experiences many terrible hardships because of the harshness of the land and the distance from civilization.

I love how she and the other women support one another, and the strength she gains from them - Sarah, Constance, and Oh-Be-Joyfu
Feb 17, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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A compelling and interesting novel—extremely well-written, yet this is the type of book where the the writing itself seems to glide past flawlessly and unobtrusively, so caught up are you in the characters and incidents. You quite simply step back in time to the reality of life in the Northwest Territories of Canada in 1907, seen through the eyes of a spirited sixteen-year-old Irish girl from Boston who marries a Mountie and heads into the frozen north with him to start an entirely new life. Mik ...more
It was wonderful--I had tears in my eyes for most of the last half of the book. Such a hard and beautiful place, the North, with such tough, caring and dignified people.

Kathy's trip back to Boston was brilliant; that scene where she knocks on a mansion door in Beacon Hill and is refused a glass of water--and then she remembers all the empty trappers cabins up North stocked with wood and provisions and never locked so that any stranger can come in, take shelter and be warm and fed. Kathy matures
Feb 10, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I remember my Mom handing me this book when I was a teenager and telling me I would thank her later. A second read was just as good, maybe better. I loved how the Indians and the Americans got along so well. I thought their relationships made the book worth reading.

There is some tough material in here, especially if you have a fondness for kids. But, I think it is worth reading and an enjoyable book, to be sure.

276: I remembered what she had said about the little things being the important thin
Jul 28, 2013 Emmy marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century, canada
I got about half way through, but I was just so bored. I literally stopped listening to this during Kathy's labor. Which was the most action that had occurred all book. There was just no plot. Someone said to me this was a book about Canada. I'd say that would be a more accurate synopsis than the one given. Canada was the largest character, but it just wasn't enough to drive this book forward for me.
Dec 30, 2014 Myrna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Full of adventure and hardship at the beginning of the 20th century in Canada. I'm a bit disappointed that this is a work of ficiton. If you are looking for a non-fiction book along the same theme, read Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness
Linda Aull
Sep 23, 2007 Linda Aull rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
My mom read this book when she was growing up and she passed it on to me. What a fabulous telling of one girl's true-life adventures of marrying a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman and following him into the wilds of the Northern Territory at the beginning of the 20th century. This book gets a frequent re-read and I always cry. And it contains perhaps the best character name ever - Oh-Be-Joyful.
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Benedict Freedman, the son and grandson of writers, was born in New York City in 1919. While in high school he studied accelerated courses for gifted boys and graduated with a medal for mathematics. At fourteen he entered Columbia University as a premed student, but had to drop out at sixteen because of his father's sudden death. For a time Benedict continued private study of higher mathematics. F ...more
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“You'll see, you'll come to understand. These big things, these terrible things, are not the important ones. If they were, how could one go on living? No, it is the small, little things that make up a day, that bring fullness and happiness to a life.” 28 likes
“When little things are so important, it's because there aren't any big ones.” 15 likes
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