Mrs. Mike (Mrs. Mike #1)
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Did you know that if you're trapped in a forest fire you should find the widest part of a river and stay there, but don't ever hide in a well or basement? I know. Who would've thought?
And ...hypothetically saying, of course...if you needed to keep your dead away from animals and had no time (or ground is too frozen) to bury them, the best place is on the roof or hung in a thin tree that bears can't ...more
The authors got a 5-page outline from O'Flanagam, and interviewed her. They didn't stick to her story. According to Benedict Freedman, "The most important scenes, for example, when she leaves Mike and goes back to Boston, we didn't invent that. But we also didn't check her account of things."
Also, here is a criti ...more
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 ...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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sort of a Canadian version of Little House on the Prairie, the book covers the joys ...more
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 ...more
" Only once in a long while does the lover of books come across a novel like this one. Mrs. Mike is an unforgettable story. " Boston Herald
This is so true!
The story and writing reminds me of the 'Little House' books except it's for an older audience than grade school age.
2 stars out of 5
1) Katherine is sixteen. She's from Boston, she has pleurisy, and she marries Mike. No, that's not his last name, it's his first name. Why is the title Mrs. Mike? I don't know. It's an awful title for a whole host of reasons, though.
2) Mike is old. I don't remember his age, but I remember being super creeped out by how he was old enough to be Katherine's (a minor's) father.
3) He makes some sort of backboard sled which ...more
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