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3.5 stars, rounded down for veering from the facts given to them by the real Katherine O Flannagan, and with my sympathies to her Some story spoilers in here, so beware view spoiler 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 crit 3.5 stars, rounded down for veering from the facts given to them by the real Katherine O Flannagan, and with my sympathies to her Some story spoilers in here, so beware view spoiler 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 critique of the book MRS MIKE from a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cite below stationed in Grouard, where the story is set A 1947 review of Mrs Mike by RCMP member C.D LaNauze, stationed in Grouard at the time of the story, noted a number of discrepancies A journey allegedly requiring weeks on the trail was actually an easy five day journey , according to LaNauze there was no diphtheria epidemic and Grouard was served by a doctor at the time , and confirmed bachelor George Adams not a Michael Flannigan as the RCMP sergeant LaNauze said, Nothing in the book even approaches the truth cite news last LaNauze first C.D title Mrs Mike newspaper Lethbridge Herald date 29 November 1947 quote reprinted from the Royal Mounted Police Quarterly Also see this old issue of New York Times by Orville Prescott Story Mingles Fact and Legend A Widow s Fight to Vindicate Son New York Times, Jan 2, 1951 Nothing from Hollywood for Flannagan What about publishers or authors See section below, from wiki via answers, with citations at link According to Mrs Mike, a fictionalized account of her life published in 1947the Flannigans two children die of diphtheria, and it ends with the couple adopting three children In reality the couple adopted a single child, a First Nations girl 5 After Sgt Flannigan s death in 1944 from a ruptured appendix, Flannigan left the North 5 6 Feeling that her story should be made into a movie, she went to Los Angeles in 1945 but received little interest 5 However, an agent felt it might be adapted into a book and introduced her to Benedict and Nancy Freedman Based on a five page outline, extended interviews and their own research, they wrote a novel based on Flannigan s story 5 7 Mrs Mike was published in 1947 and became a critical and popular success, with 27 non US editions 4 A movie version, starring Evelyn Keyes as Katherine Mary and Dick Powell as Mike, was released in 1949 8 Flannigan sued the movie producers and authors for 25,000 the suit was dismissed because she had a legal claim only against the authors, not the producers 9 Flannigan then wrote The Faith of Mrs Kelleen, which was set in 1880s Ireland and based on the story of her great aunt hide spoiler As for the book itself, I ve been through the fire with this one A classic, published in 1947 It s semi realistic historical fiction with some sense of a love story but also a good deal of tragedy, including some truly grisly scenes I alternately read the e book and listened to the audio, narrated 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 The story continues in Alberta and British Columbia, Western Canada Calgary, Hudson s Hope, Peace River Crossing, and Grouard, near Lower Slave Lake.Descriptive Vivid imagery, yet fairly simplistic writing, with some exceptions Educational Sometimes funny Sometimes profound A few sweet loving scenes, with hugs and kisses And terribly horribly grim at times Very sad Realistic but extreme look at life in the Canadian wilderness, the serenity, the majesty, and the horror Beautiful scenery, wondrous wild animals, enormous forest fires, diphtheria, insanity, murder, good natured natives and their folklore, a mission with school, nuns and a kindly bishop , mosquitos, moose, elks, bears, wolves, prairie chickens rabbits , dogsleds huskies , etc.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 authors credibly portray women of tremendous emotional courage and resiliency, especially Sarah and Constance, but also Katherine Mary herself Quibbles I wish the authors had beentrue to the facts Also, the book suddenly ends after about 12 years of marriage I wish there wereclosure Another quibble is that some important scenes and characters were insuffuciently developed, over simplified Also, the chapter about the Chinese emperors did not seem to fit at all, never mind how boring and silly it was.See my reading status updates and my posted quotes forabout the book The e book ends with a teaser to the sequel, The Search for Joyful A Mrs Mike Novel The authors wrote it decades after Mrs Mike It tells of Kathy, the daughter of Mamanowatum aka Oh Be Joyful and Jonathan Forquet She is a young lady planning to become a nurse in World War II, an Indian woman from the boonies immersed in a world dominated by white men From Wikipedia Considered by some a young adult classic, Mrs Mike was initially serialized in the Atlantic Monthly and was the March 1947 selection of the Literary Guild It was a critical and popular success, with 27 non US editions This book is well written it s interesting, and it has very high reviews I think I might be the only female in the world to not like this book Here is my summary 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 This book is well written it s interesting, and it has very high reviews I think I might be the only female in the world to not like this book Here is my summary 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 Mounty and falls in love in five seconds at most They are married a week later and their honeymoon is a 700 mile trek across the frozen tundra that Mike worries will be too harsh for Kate because This is no place for a women She gets sick on the trek and Mike saves her In the next chapter The wilderness is too much for her and she goes temporarily insane Luckily, Mike is there to save her A fire breaks out and Kate runs for the river along with all the other survivors In the river she meets a mom with three young babies Kate takes one Finally I think Kate is growing a backbone She will do something not useless Alas, the river and smoke are too much for her and Mike has to come save her AND the baby Kate becomes pregnant and delivers a baby The pain is too much for and she screams and drifts through consciousness Mike steps in and saves her and the baby It was at this point I threw the book across the room because, surely, women aren t too soft for childbirth It s not just the sexism and the overall uselessness of Kate, it s the racism that made me sick to my stomach When the book says things like You have to tell them one thing at at time because they can only keep one thing in their head and that an abused wife stayed with her husband because that s the Indian way it really made me ill Maybe, as a women, I was just too soft for this book @E-PUB Ø Mrs. Mike ⚢ 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 It s not easy to write a viable romance Try it some time It s hard to avoid being schmaltzy hard to stay away from corny lines or disintegrate into torrid tales of heaving bosoms and leopard print loin cloths.And so, the first thing I want to say about Mrs Mike is it s a lovely, viable, not schmaltzy love story Despite its publication date of 1947, it s not that antiquated in its sensibilities, either Yes, the protagonist marries at the age of 16, but even though that was still young It s not easy to write a viable romance Try it some time It s hard to avoid being schmaltzy hard to stay away from corny lines or disintegrate into torrid tales of heaving bosoms and leopard print loin cloths.And so, the first thing I want to say about Mrs Mike is it s a lovely, viable, not schmaltzy love story Despite its publication date of 1947, it s not that antiquated in its sensibilities, either Yes, the protagonist marries at the age of 16, but even though that was still young amongst society ladies in the early twentieth century, it wasn t unheard of And Katherine Mrs Mike Flannigan is neither a damsel in distress nor a revolting pushover.This is an historic fiction that takes place largely in the frigid, untamed woods of Calgary, Alberta Some passages feel a little made for tv special, some passages are perfectly inspired I struggled in one regard I felt that only the protagonist was truly formed To me, all of the other characters suffered somewhat from their one dimensional, less formed states, but the protagonist had such personality and voice, she mostly made up for it.There s tragedy, too, and I wasn t expecting it, but somehow, it adds to the credibility of the bonds that this extraordinary couple share.Lovely lines are peppered throughout, but here were two of my favoritesdeath does not stand at the end of life, it is all through it It is the fear of losing, the knowledge of losing that makes love tender 16 year old Bostonian Katherine Mary O Fallon is sent to Calgary Canada to live with her uncle to help her recover from pleurisy During her first year few months there she meets, falls in love with and marry Sgt Mike Flannigan of the Northwest Mounted Police.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 16 year old Bostonian Katherine Mary O Fallon is sent to Calgary Canada to live with her uncle to help her recover from pleurisy During her first year few months there she meets, falls in love with and marry Sgt Mike Flannigan of the Northwest Mounted Police.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 reader into the pages It takes the reader from meeting Kathy for the first time as she is train bound to meet her Uncle as a city girl and unsure of herself in this huge big country that is her new home We grow with her as she meets Mike for the first time and we fall in love as she does As Kathy follows Mike to Hudson s Hope where he is stationed, we go along with her, filled with excitement and trepidation as she leaves civilization to make a new home in the wilderness, where she is the only white woman.The reader must remember this book is set in the early 1900 s and first published in 1947 At the time there was no such thing as P C and there are many descriptions of Indians that would today be considered prejudiced and derogatory but we must again remember it was the acceptable language of the time Even through these portrayals, we can see the love and respect that Kathy and Mike have for their native neighbors and friends.There is humor, hardship, loss, but most of all love in this book Love for the new friends that Kathy makes, love for the land, love for the adventure of new challenges but most of all love for her Sgt Mike Flannigan 4.5 Stars Just a good old fashioned sweet romance An oldie but goodie It was charming, heartbreaking, full of sacrifice and struggles, and a couple devoted to each other through it all Who wouldn t fall in love with this 4.5 Stars Just a good old fashioned sweet romance An oldie but goodie It was charming, heartbreaking, full of sacrifice and struggles, and a couple devoted to each other through it all Who wouldn t fall in love with this I m definitely in the minority here, I wasn t wowed and I really wanted to love this one It was okay I had spurts of interest here and there. Did you know that mosquitoes are SO bad in the far north that people can DIE from them Me neither.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 courseif 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 Did you know that mosquitoes are SO bad in the far north that people can DIE from them Me neither.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 courseif 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 climb All true These are just some of the tidbits to be found in Mrs Mike.When I first started reading it I thought it would be kind of like Little House On The Prairie for grown ups And it does have that soothing feel to it But this is definitely much grittier.And the soothing bits that at the beginning of the book you kind of snooze through, well, you ll be desperately grasping for them by the middle Ever read These Is My Words , Sarah s Quilt and The Star Garden by Nancy Turner Well think of this as an Arctic version.BASIC STORY LINE A 16 year old girl from Boston falls in love with a 27 year old Canadian Monty and travels with him to the wild barbarian north where he is stationed, 4000 miles from Boston She is one of only two white woman among a colony of trappers and Indians There are no stores, no doctors, no nothing How does someone make a life for themself in a land where life is so tragic that people speak of their first family, second family, third family Well this is the story of one woman who did just that and did it well.CONTENT SEX NoneLANGUAGE very mild cussingDRUG USE SMOKING DRINKING One character gets drunk Whisky is also liberally used as anaesthetic.VIOLENCE Moderate and descriptive While some could argue that the story could be told without the descriptive violence , I really feel you would lose the authentic feel of what those hardships were like and how these experiences moulded the characters I feel that the descriptions are needed to truly get into the shoes of the characters and feel what they feel I ll give you ONE example During the forest fire, women and children are hiding in the river The smoke is so bad and the heat so intense that they have to submerge themselves under water to escape it, and even then, some end up with second degree burns Many who are not in the river will die and there are descriptions afterwards of the search for bodies Now, some time later, Kathy makes a trip back home to Boston and is struck dumbfounded when her mother s lodgers are squabbling about who burnt the toast It was a WOW moment for me and I don t think I would have felt the full impact if I as a reader hadn t been in the thick of the horror THEMATIC ISSUES Trapping, smallpox and diphtheria epidemics, amputation, childbirth, domestic violence NOT glorified , abortive herbs also not glorified , widespread forest fire, Arctic conditions etcMY RATING PG 13BOTTOM LINE Well worth a read This wasn t on my list of scheduled reads but while I was in a bookstore last month to purchase a book for a Christmas exchange, I saw Mrs Mike on the shelves and felt compelled to buy this much beloved book.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 This wasn t on my list of scheduled reads but while I was in a bookstore last month to purchase a book for a Christmas exchange, I saw Mrs Mike on the shelves and felt compelled to buy this much beloved book.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, Katherine Mary O Fallon, a young woman of 16, goes to live with her uncle somewhere north of Calgary as treatment for her pleurisy There she meets Sergeant Mike Flannigan, a Mountie who has eyes so blue she could swim in them They are eventually married after a brief but fantastically romantic courtship and she follows him by dog sled to the arctic wilderness to live among the fur traders and Indians.I love this book for many reasons Most importantly, as a book, it s my first love Mrs Mike was the book that made me realized how much a book could move and stick with me for years I rarely re read a book, but I believe I ve read Mrs Mike five times now Each time, my stomach swoons when Kathy and Mike fall in love, I laugh when Kathy covers her daughter and Mike spanks Kathy instead, I cry when the unimaginable happens and I sigh as I close the book, thinking the line at the very end is one of the best ever written.Another reason I love this book is that it s based on a real woman s life who the authors met before writing the book I m sure it s juiced from the reality, but even the skeleton of the story is moving.I can t claim that it s the best written book It is simple in structure, dialogue and description, but as I ve readandover the years, and compare it to other literature, I believe the style matches the story perfectly.It s the kind of book I can t help but promise that anyone who reads it will love it But I also know that with our diverse personalities and preferences, it wouldn t be true Like a biased mother who adores her baby, I don t think I d enjoy anyone pointing out the flaws of this book Perhaps its eyes are too close together and the head oddly shaped, but it s my baby, and I think it s the most beautiful thing in the world I remember vividly the first time I read this story about the Canadian wilderness I was 12 and it was visiting day Visiting day meant we traveled to spend the day with my bachelor uncle He lived by himself in a huge old house and firmly believed children in his home should be seen and not heard There were no kids living nearby I was not allowed to watch television or listen to music in his home And the town was so small there was nothing to do There wasn t even a park So visiting days we I remember vividly the first time I read this story about the Canadian wilderness I was 12 and it was visiting day Visiting day meant we traveled to spend the day with my bachelor uncle He lived by himself in a huge old house and firmly believed children in his home should be seen and not heard There were no kids living nearby I was not allowed to watch television or listen to music in his home And the town was so small there was nothing to do There wasn t even a park So visiting days were horrible for me And my parents would not allow me to stay home It made for a bleak and awful Sunday But this time, I ventured upstairs in the old creaky house Uncle had suffered from polio when he was a young boy, and he wore a brace on one leg He never ventured upstairs The steps were too steep With the excuse of going up to dust and refresh the two upstairs bedrooms and bathroom, I escaped up the stairs so there was no way I could accidentally peeve my curmudgeon uncle In one of the rooms, there was a bookcase Books Something to do I found a couple books by James Herriot I had read before.those would work in a pinch But then I spied a paperback that looked interesting Mrs Mike It had a picture of a sled dog team on the front I loved adventure stories with animals, so I grabbed the book and lay down across the old four poster bed I spent the entire afternoon reading about the life of Mary Katherine O Fallon Flannigan Lovely book Over the years, I have read this story again and again..and I enjoy it just as much as I did that first time The Basics Mary Katherine O Fallon is sent to Alberta to live with an uncle at 16 She suffers from pleurisy and doctors say the cold, dry air will be good for her She meets Mike Flannigan, a mountie, and marries him They travel North and build a life together, serving natives at Brouard, Lesser Slave Lake and other remote areas in Alberta and British Columbia Their life is hard at times, but Katherine learns to love Mike, the native people they serve, and the wilderness with all her heart The story is told with humor, emotion and realism, and is based on the real life story of Katherine The Freedmans did admit that Katherine might have embellished her story somewhat as some of the details could never be corroborated, but it s a delightful story even if portions of it didn t really happen I have tried several times to look up information about Mary Katherine O Fallon Flannigan or to find photos information about Mike or Katherine online But, information is sparse All I found out is that Mike died in 1944 from a ruptured appendix Following his death, Katherine came back to the states, remarried and ventured out to California to try to sell her life story as a movie idea She was directed to the Freedmans for a possible book instead The book was written and sold quite well Then the Freedmans sold the movie rights to the book and a film version starring Dick Powell was released in 1949 Katherine attempted to sue the movie studio and the Freedmans for 25,000, but was unsuccessful She was told she had a contract regarding the book with the Freedmans,but had no rights to money from the film I would love to see the movie But I have yet to find a copy or any streaming service that has it At some point it will pop up online, and I will finally get to see Dick Powell as Mike Flannigan A sweet mix of adventure and romance, this is a lovely book A copy is always on my keeper shelf The Freedmans wrote two fictional sequels, The Search for Joyful and Kathy Little Bird I haven t read the sequels yet I loved the original book because it was based on a true story The two sequels are fiction Sequels can be so disappointing, so I have never worked up the courage to read either book I am striving this year to readbooks I have always wanted to read but never found the time..maybe this year I will take a chance and read the two sequels to Mrs Mike This time, I listened to the audiobook version of Mrs Mike Narrated by Kirsten Potter, the audio is just over 11.5 hours Potter read an even pace, with good inflection She was wonderful at all the different accents.Irish, French, native and Boston A very enjoyable listen