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.
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...more
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.
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...more
I have to agree with Lucy--this is one of those unforgettable books! I did my daily stuff in a grateful daze yesterday--so contented with my lot in life. I am more blessed than I have ever realized!
I don't want to risk telling too much of the story.... Katherine Mary is a girl from Boston who goes into the 'North' to visit her uncle. The...more
This is a story of a 16-year-old girl, Katherine Mary Fallon, who is from Boston. Her mother sends her to live with her Uncle in Calgary, Canada with hopes that the fresh air will cure her pleurisy. While there, she meets and falls in love with a Mountie, Sergeant Mike Flannigan, and they marry and move to northern Canada where the weather is a never ending challenge and she is one of only two White women in the area. This is a love story packed with adventure, tragedy, challenges, courage, comp...more
People living in those times and especially in those rugged conditions f...more
My four-star rating is largely weighted by my fond remembrance of having read it as a kid. We had a hardcover copy that may have been the original 1947 edition; it was probably "borrowed" from the home of one of our older relatives, and has long since disappeared. What really struck me, re-reading it 30+ years later, was how much of it had stayed with me, even down to the very words. "Oh be joyful, Mamotowatom."
What also st...more
I loved traveling through the Canadian wilderness with Mrs. Mike. It was harrowing, meeting the Indians and seeing their strengths and weaknesses as sickness and death plagued them. Though not an Indian, Constance was one of my favorite characters. I appreciated how Mrs. Mike went from pitying her to admiring her and wanted to share and contribute to the friendship in the end.
This is a simply told story of the importance of continuing. It speaks to the joy that comes with looking forward. The trials of the heart are timeless, though the setting is dated in its characterizations. However, none of the unenlightened st...more
I found the novel more fascinating after discovering that it w...more
Freedman's writing style is wonderful; I felt like I was listening to a friend tell a story.
This book is a love story, but it's not a typical one, not by a long shot.
Young Kathy leaves home to stay with her uncle in the North in order to help with her pleurisy. (The book starts with a journey by train, and I always love that.) While there, she meets the older, handsome Mounty, Mike, who will become her husband.
It's been such a long time since I've read this book that I was very anxious to read it again because I remembered that I'd liked it before. I remembered some parts of the book, and yet other parts stood out to me that didn't before. Here are some of them:
1) The rich Indian history told throughout the book. I would actually quallify this book as a Historical Fiction because of all the customs and culture difference...more
This book also reminded me a bit of Angle of Repose because the young female character in both stories is a bit of a fish out of water in a new element.
I figured the tales contained within the story of Mike and Kat...more