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"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)
"It is the personality of Sgt. Mike blowing through this account like a clear breeze that gives it a refreshing quality. Everyone's dream of a cop, he was also a romantic and understanding husband, the fondest of fathers, a man of honor and humor." (The New York Times)
This is a riveting book, a great one to listen to. The descriptions of the Canadian Northwest and living conditions are in great and realistic detail. Although it has some aspects of a novel for Young Adults, the complexities of the life and the ordeals faced by the main characters take it beyond that genre. Highly recommended.
I love this book! I cry every time I read it or listen to it. I have read it in book form at least 15 times. It is real and touching and a glimpse of what life was like in the Canadian North at the turn of the century. It is well written and very enjoyable.
I had to read this book in my 8th grade English class...and reading was not something on my want to do list of activities. So when my daughter received the same book assignment, I wanted to help her out and thought listening to audio will make it better. Just intending to be a member for those 3 months, I ended up enjoying listening vs reading. (I tend to gain weight by reading books so listening to the books solved that problem LOL)
Back to Mrs. Mike, I sure appreciated the story better now than when I was forced to read it in high school. Mrs Mike is a great story. I feel in love with the characters and the story of their lives. It made me want to re-visit the classics from HS.
I fell in love with this book decades ago. Listening to this audio version made me fall in love all over again.
Mrs Mike is a refreshing story. My mother loved the book and allowed me to read it as a young teen. In todays busy times,I was thrilled to find it in audible. It is written in a simple way that lets you relax and imagine yourself living her life. You laugh and cry and persevere and when your done listening, you hug your family and feel blessed.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Holy smokes! I've been through the fire with this one. A classic, published in 1947. It's realistic historical fiction with some sense of a love story but also a good deal of personal tragedy, including some truly grisly scenes.
I alternately read the e-book and listened to the audio, narrated superbly by the talented Kirsten Potter. It was also made into a movie, starring Dick Powell and Evelyn Keyes, but I haven't seen it.
This fast-paced narrative is told in 1st person POV in the perspective of "Mrs. Mike" (the name the Cree and Beaver natives use for the heroine, Katherine Mary O'Fallon Flannigan, of Boston).
The story begins in March 1907, on a train bound for Calgary, in the midst of a historic snowstorm. It continues in Alberta and British Columbia, Western Canada (Calgary, Hudson's Hope, Peace River Crossing, and Grouard, near Lower Slave Lake).
Descriptive. Vivid imagery. Educational. Sometimes funny. Sometimes profound. A few sweet loving scenes, with hugs and kisses. And terribly horribly grim at times. Very sad.
Realistic look at life in the Canadian wilderness, the serenity, the majesty, and the horror (forest fires, diphtheria, horrible deaths -- even of beloved characters -- whiskey smuggling, insanity, murder, wonderful natives, missions, mosquitos, bears, wolves, prairie chickens (rabbits), dogsleds (huskies), etc.
The authors credibly portray three women of tremendous emotional courage and resiliency, especially Sarah and Constance, but also Katherine Mary (Mrs. Mike) herself.
Loved the hero of the tale, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Mike Flannigan. His love for life, for the wilderness, for the natives, and for his girl Kathy was transparent. When they marry in 1907, Mike is 27 years old and Katherine is 16. When the story ends, they are each about 12 years older. They've suffered great loss and experienced great joy in only 12 years. Katherine has grown up.
The book suddenly ends after almost 12 years of marriage, so we just have to assume they live a good life together with their children. I wish there were more closure. My other quibble is that some scenes and characters were glossed over or forgotten. But that's minor. Also, the chapter about the Chinese emperors did not seem to fit at all, never mind how silly it was.
I was given this book in high school by my mother to read. I really didn't like reading that much and this was one of a very few books I was able to get through and I never forgot the story. I was so excited to see it on Audible and I loved listening to every minute of it. I would recommend this one to everyone.
I am shocked this book only received 2 stars. Over the years Mrs Mike has been my all time favorite book. I have read it at least 40 times and was so excited to find it on Audible. I will be listening to it over and over again.
I truly enjoyed this period piece about a Mountie and his young bride. The authors described in beautiful detail native traditions and the hardships of living in the wilderness. I was able to vicariously experience the joys as well as the heartaches of Mary Katharine (Kathy) Flannigan.
The trials faced by the settlers who must find ways to deal with sickness, extreme weather, the environment, insects and wild animals, and natural disasters made me appreciate the comforts I enjoy daily. I also gained an appreciation for my "fore-mothers". The back breaking work from sun up to sun down, not to mention the loss of the babies, would have done many of us in.
I think the most moving moment for me is when Kathy understood the cycle of life she was living and not only accepted it, but embraced it. She was finally able to share the joy her children had brought to her in their short lives with her husband, leaving the grieving behind and look forward to a future with the children they would raise as their own.
This book has given me a renewed respect for the pioneer women who found a way to create home, family, and community in the face of extreme hardships.
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