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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455195008
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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 Canada to life and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O’Fallon.

Recently arrived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 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.

Mike Flannigan, standing over six feet tall, with “eyes so blue you could swim in them,” 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 to find strength in a love as beautiful and compelling as the wilderness around them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • Mrs. Mike...is the story of the start of young love, its growth to maturity, and its acceptance of a dangerous, hard, but enthralling life.”

    Los Angeles Herald-Express

  • “This is a book the reader will be unable to put down until the last page is read.”

    Library Journal 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/15/2014

    " This was a really enjoyable book, it makes you laugh and cry. The characters are very real and likeable, and the plot moves pretty fast. I liked learning more about what "pioneers" of the north went through, and more about the Native Americans of Canada. I especially like when she went back home to Boston, and when everyone one was having a fit about burnt toast, she realizes how trivial their lives are. Her Mounty husband says, "When little things are so important, it's because they're aren't any big ones" It's a great love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book. It's one my mom read to us when we were growing up. I loved those times and she seemed to pick only the best of books to read. Definitely funny and heartwarming. It's amazing to me the things people endured in those times. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Nelson | 2/9/2014

    " This book started out well but then ended with a fizzle. In the beginning, the characters and the tight storyline capture your heart; you want to keep reading to find out what happens to them. The romance is sweet and the picture of marriage is absolutely wonderful and refreshing. I was so happy to read about a strong fictional woman character who sacrifices everything for her man - beautiful. As you read along though, the storyline starts to fail, you wonder what the book is really about, and things just start to get corny. Also, a sadness begins to creep in that is dark and hopeless. In the end, the authors' message seems to be - Life is hard and death abounds; the only beauty in life is the enjoyed moment of now. In some ways, it is a wonderful practice to enjoy the little things of life, but there is no hope in that. In real life, there is a hope. God is here, He has made a way for redemption and there is an eternal life of great blessing offered to those who simply trust and believe in Him. I wish that the authors could have captured some of that. If they had, this book would have been amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/6/2014

    " When I first started it, I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. I really didn't like Kathy-- I thought she was so naive and immature-- and then I realized that was sort of the point-- because she has to grow up fast in that rough frontier. I also thought it was a little melodramatic at first because of the fast romance and her falling in love with him in his Canadian Mountie uniform. I did enjoy reading it though. I really wish that some of the characters had been a little more developed-- like Constance or even more of Sarah. She just touches on how much Constance influenced her at the very end, but there wasn't much written about their friendship. I didn't love Mike, and I will fully admit it might just be the petty reason that I hate "pet" names (like him calling her "kitten") and I am just not a romantic. I really liked how she found out what she really wanted-- the contrast of Boston and the frontier. That was well portrayed. The ending was so sad, but so good. It was a bittersweet end-- and true to life. I ended up really liking the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/3/2014

    " I found this book to be extremely depressing. I am pleased that I finished it (after crying for the last twenty pages), but I do not think I could ever recommend this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/24/2014

    " i love spring break and the time to read, read, read! this one was recommended to me by my niece, makinzie. great choice -- strong characters, challenging situations, harsh yet beautiful landscapes. gives new meaning to what i already knew about living off the land during this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikka102 | 1/22/2014

    " Very much enjoyed Mrs. Mike, although occasionally got bogged down in details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie Baker | 1/17/2014

    " read this when i was in junior high...loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francoise | 1/16/2014

    " I think I read this as an adolescent and was just as enthralled as I am now with a spunky young woman who leaves home for the Canadian wilderness of the early 1900's, falls in love with a mounty, follows her husband into the alternately frozen or mosquito ridden outback. There he is the local authority/doctor/general wise friend to all, though he is all of 28 years old. She is only 16 herself, but she copes with babies, forest fires, criminals, alien cultures (Indians and trappers), disease, bears and her neighbors. She relishes every moment of every day it seems. The book has heartbreak and tragedy, but is chock full of the a bracing cold air brand of fresh-faced youthful vigor. The story telling style is in the same tradition as Mary Lassiter's Suds in Your Eye and Betty McDonald's The Egg and I. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/8/2014

    " Life as a tapestry of pleasure and pain can either be a refining tool or an excuse for bitterness, our choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hyrum | 1/3/2014

    " My sister (Audrey) read it and said it was good.She's read it 2 times and is going to read it again!!(she cried) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri | 1/1/2014

    " A quick summer read about one woman's coming to the realization of who she is and what is really important to her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tera Shanley | 12/18/2013

    " Amazing book and story of love, loss, and redemption. I own it and reread it every couple of years. It rips me apart and makes me think on it for days, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/14/2013

    " I LOVED this book! The authors make you feel like you are right there! They characters are awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/20/2013

    " Beautiful story - I loved the ending. p. 310, "Oh-Be-Joyful had cared for and loved my children, and now it was I who was to care for and love hers. The pattern of a life isn't a straight line; it crosses as recrosses, drawing in and tying together other lives." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/14/2013

    " All I can say about this book is that it made me chortle and wish I could "pick apples". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verona | 8/26/2013

    " A nice love story set in the rugged Canadian wilderness. I gained an appreciation of the challenges that early settlers must have faced and how they continued to live joyfully in spite of the tragedies they endured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/19/2013

    " A wonderful love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 6/20/2013

    " Another book I have read many times. Based on a true story. Katherine Mary Flannigan was a Boston girl who married a Canadian Mountie and went to live in the Canadian wilderness under his supervision. A very touching love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Guymon | 3/21/2013

    " There is something so satisfying about reading a really good love story. This is just one of those with strong characters and a few struggles here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamie | 2/28/2013

    " Loved it! It really left some good, uplifting messages on me including the idea that the harder your trials and sorrows are--the more intense your joy is. I rate it a 5 because it felt rich and classic. It reminds me a little of "These is my Words" but not quite as shocking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2013

    " Every range of emotion is felt when reading Mrs. Mike. You will laugh hard and cry hard. It is a heart-rendig tale of love in every form it comes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 1/20/2013

    " Can I give it a 4+? It was really good...a recommendation from my aunt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasacasa | 12/5/2012

    " I loved this book. I read this a long time ago and it is a heartwarming story about life - the good and the bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Nielsen | 10/25/2012

    " This is a cute book. I LOVE Mike. There are a few things I didn't love about the writing, but overall this is a good book about living in the Northern parts of Canada in the early to mid 1900s. Great lessons about relationships, love, things that matter, and life in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Rankin-moore | 9/5/2012

    " I wish I had a nickel for every time I read this sweet book. I love the attention to detail the authors give to the landscape and characters - everything is so genuine! And what's not to love about a Mounty?!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 7/15/2012

    " My favorite love story ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/18/2012

    " What a good book, I loved reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/18/2012

    " My mom was reading this when she was pregnant with me. It's where she got the name Sarah. Having read the book, I'm not sure how I feel about being named after that particular character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2012

    " Enjoyed it as much this time as I did when I first read it more than 40 years ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Lapointe | 12/4/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book and was able to get into it. I enjoyed getting sucked it the time period. I couldn't imagine living the live that she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed Mrs. Mike because the stories were riveting and knowing it was all true (a biography) made it even better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/19/2011

    " I read this book when I was quite young...maybe 12 or 13 and I recall loving it so much that as soon as I ended it, I just turned right back to the beginning and read it again. A real tear jerker for sure; but a wonderful story about love and loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/11/2011

    " One of my all time favorite novels as a young girl. I'm reading it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 6/10/2011

    " One of the few books I've read twice, because it was so good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iluvbooks | 6/4/2011

    " A tender love story set in the raw, canadian wilderness. A very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDell | 6/4/2011

    " I read this when I was in high school (a couple times). I'm dying to read it again as a wife and mother. I remember loving this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 5/16/2011

    " A sad book. Not quite sure how it was heartwarming. In the end, although the main characters were left happy, I was left feeling as sad and cold as the winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/13/2011

    " I found myself getting lost in the life of Mrs Mike...the environment, the people, the hardships...felt like I was there at times. Was a great read. One I think I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 5/7/2011

    " This was my Mother's favorite book!! She introduced me to it back when I was in seventh grade (1985??) and had to get it at a second hand store!! Years later, I was reunited with it yet again, when it was reprinted!! A wonderful story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/6/2011

    " Really fun reading. It makes me wonder if I would have the kind of grit these women displayed when faced with the kind of challenges they had. I hope so. "

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About the Author

Benedict Freedman was renowned as “Broadway’s leading jokesmith” and “czar of radio,” a Broadway librettist and writer-producer of several radio shows. He was also a gifted mathematician and aeronautical engineer.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.