Life in the Canadian wilderness with a handsome Mountie(Royal Canadian Mounted Police) is the story behind Mrs. Mike. This riveting love story was written in 1947 by Benedict and Nancy Freedman after Katherine Mary Flannigan shared with them the true adventures of her life. She emigrated to Boston from Irelandin the early 1900’s with her family. Dueto her poor health she needed to leave Boston for a dryer climate. Her mother sent her to Calgary, Alberta to her Uncle John’s ranch where she meets Sergeant Michael Flannigan of the Northwest Mounted. This handsome, self-assured policeman who supervised a large segment of the Canadian wilderness falls for 16 year oldKatherine Mary and asks her uncle for permission to marry her.
Their life together is a beautiful blend of romance, adventure, tragedy, and history. The courage and humanity of both Katherine and Mike is truly heroic as they dealt with the native Indians, sickness and death. Mike had to be a doctor and judge to the brave people that settled this cold, isolated country. Through the trials of living we see the shared joys and sorrows of this committed couple both to their marriage and to the job that called them to this wild land. There are many tragic scenes in this book that will stay with you for along time, but the way this couple continue through them will also touch your soul.
Recently the Freedman’s have written two sequels tothis book from long ago, The Search for Joyful and Kathy Little Bird