Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman


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.  - Goodreads

"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." (New York Times

Fun Quote:
"He reached for the last apple, but it slipped out of his hand almost to my feet.  I stopped to get it just as he did, and we bumped heads with an impact that sent us sprawling.  We really laughed then.  We laughed so hard we couldn't get up."

My Thoughts:

This was another book club gem - a book that I wouldn't have known about without my fabulous book club.   I love the quote above because it tells so much about the relationship of Mike and Kathy 'O Fallon.  Mrs. Mike was published in 1947 and has been reissued 2 times.   Since I've been educating myself on the publishing industry I've come to learn how rare that is.   Most books are taken off the shelves never to be seen again after that first year they are published.   The fact that this book has had several new editions speaks for itself.   The love that Kathy and Mike share is sweet and enduring as they struggle to survive in the harsh Canadian North.  Their life among the Indians is fascinating, but the love story is what I adore most.

More stories of Mrs. Mike:
The Search for Joyful
Kathy Littlebird 


Kath said...

I'm glad you liked this one. I read it awhile ago and it still pops into my head every now and again. I haven't read the rest of the series, I wonder if they'd be as good?

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Nice review. I have never heard of this before.

Bethany Wiggins said...

I read this book a loooooong time ago... when I was a teenager (and I'm in my 30's). I still remember it.

Mary said...

Kath - I reread your review - I remembered I had read it before on your blog. Great book - I don't know about the other books - most of the reviews said they liked the second book, but not the third so much and none of them were as good as Mrs. Mike.

Juju - I think you'll like it - give it a try.

Bethany - thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I knew I had seen your picture before and checked out your blog - I've been a lurker their before - your book The Hunted sounds really good and kind of creepy. Thanks for checking out my blog and becoming a follower.

Kim said...

I read this book about 10 years ago and I think about it every now and then. I've been wanting to recommend it for my book club but I wasn't sure since I hadn't read it for a while. After reading your review I will definitely suggest it for our next group of books. Thanks.