Publisher's Note:  

A classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide, Mrs. Mike brings the fierce, stunning landscape of the Great North to life—and masterfully evokes the tender, touching moments that bring a man and a woman together forever.


Recently arrived in Calgary, Alberta after a long, hard journey from Boston, sixteen-year-old Katherine Mary O’Fallon never imagined that she could lose her heart so easily—or so completely. Standing over six feet tall, with “eyes so blue you could swim in them,” Mike Flannigan is a well-respected sergeant in the Canadian Mounted Police—and a man of great courage, kindness, and humor. Together, he and his beloved Kathy manage to live a good, honest life in this harsh, unforgiving land—and find strength in a love as beautiful and compelling as the wilderness around them...

Mrs. Mike

by Benedict and Nancy Freedman

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Overall Review:  

Mrs. Mike is a masterpiece. At first when reading, I wondered how I could have heard that this book was a love story. Although it is definitely not a romance, it is a beautiful story of love and life—despite all the trials and terrors that saturate the book. That is really what the book is about: how life may be full of terrible things, but how it is also filled with tender moments of love. To quote a character in the book, "These big things, these terrible things, are not the important ones. If they were, how could one go on living? No, it is the small, little things that make up a day, that bring fullness and happiness to a life” (page 158). 


The main character grows from a physically weak teenager to the strongest of women, both physically and emotionally. She is a hero to anyone who finds the trials of life to be too much and too many. The authors’ writing has a unique style, full of little treasures of wisdom, just plain funny parts, and loving moments, even when the book is riddled with horrific happenings. This is a good book to read when one is feeling that the sadness and hardness of life is outweighing the happiness. It provides a new perspective that many people are searching for.

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Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations; 16 mild obscenities; 4 religious profanities; 1 derogatory name.


Violence/Gore:  A character tells of someone who died in a weather incident; a character hears livestock panicking and drowning; a character tells of how someone was shot but survived; an animal is brutally killed; two characters get in a fistfight; a character tells of a female character who was repeatedly beaten by a man she lived with; a character recounts how property is accidentally burned down with animals in it; there is an eerie scene when a character has a panic attack and starts screaming and laughing uncontrollably; a man throws a glass bottle at his wife, who bleeds; a character tells how a baby died of disease; a character tells of a woman repeatedly beaten by her husband; a character is chased by an animal; in a frightening scene that lasts about 10 pages, a forest fire destroys many buildings and people (injuries are described in detail, and the deaths of a mother and her baby are graphically described); a woman gives birth, 2 page description not graphic, but clearly traumatic for the woman; a character tells of how a lot of people died of sickness and how some were quarantined against their will; a character tells how her children died of disease; a teenager describes traumatic animal attack that he witnessed, where his friend was killed; a character tells how another character tried unsuccessfully to kill him; a character describes (in graphic detail) a brutal, hypothetical way to die; a character describes another character’s injuries, not graphic; a character describes an animal being brutally hurt; a character gives a woman medicine for an abortion; a character graphically describes how a woman brutally killed her own baby; a character receives death threats; a character gets really hurt and must have leg amputated by own mother (graphic, 2 page description); a character cuts a woman’s arm against her will in order to vaccinate her; a character reports a murder; a woman tells how she was beaten, and it is implied that she was raped; a character describes graphically how murdered another character; a woman says that she had an abortion; a lot of people die of a sickness and two children are graphically described in their symptoms as they die; 3 page scene of graphic deaths by sickness and dog attacks; a character is attacked by an animal and injuries are graphically described; a woman shoves away a man who tries to kiss her; a character tells of a woman who died in childbirth; characters are told of their family members dying in war.


Sex/Nudity:  A male adult (late 20s) and a female teenager (16 years old) kiss a few times in the book, although in the time period setting of the book the age difference is not uncommon; a woman undresses to put on a back-brace, and some sexual activity with her husband might be implied afterwards; characters kiss several times; characters flirt a few times; a character kisses and strokes another character’s head; man attempts to kiss a woman; implication of rape.

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Racial conflicts, death of children, death of family members and friends, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, separation, serious illness, rape, mental disorders, physical spouse abuse, robbery/thieving, murder, illegal drugs, underage drinking.

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Character smuggles illegal drugs; adults get drunk; a teenager and other adults drink in order to get through a traumatic and painful experience; a character smuggles alcohol illegally.

Reviewed By Amber
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