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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
" 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!
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
Whilst Romance or Love is one of the themes in this book (but it is in most books if i'm honest) - its not the kind of love that you see in blockbuster romantic comedy films, but real love, which is hard work. The theme isn't so much l ...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
Mary O'Fallon is a young (barely 16) woman who moves from Boston to the Canadian wilderness with her uncle because she has pleurisy. Her mother believes the cold air and cleaner climate than very early 20th century Boston will be better for her health. So off she goes to live with her uncle. While there she meets Sgt Michael Flannigan with the Canadian Mounted Police, and falls in love with him.
Sgt Mike is a well respected man and a man of great courage and ...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
I really didn't like this book. I did appreciate learning about what it meant to live in such an isolated, harsh environment in the early 1900's. I also liked learning about Indian culture.
I didn't like it for so many reasons, though. I didn't like how a 27 year old Mountie married a 16 yr. old girl after spending time with her about 3 times. And then he took her to a life riddled with death, hard work, loss, and loneliness in a place months away from medicine, ho ...more