Life in the Canadian wilderness with a handsome Mountie(Royal Canadian Mounted Police) is the story behind Mrs. Mike. This riveting lovestory was written in 1947 by Benedict and Nancy Freedman after Katherine MaryFlannigan shared with them the true adventures of her life. She emigrated to Bostonfrom Irelandin the early 1900’s with her family. Dueto her poor health she needed to leave Bostonfor a dryer climate. Her mother sent herto Calgary, Alberta to her Uncle John’s ranch where shemeets Sergeant Michael Flannigan of the Northwest Mounted. This handsome, self-assured policeman whosupervised a large segment of the Canadian wilderness falls for 16 year oldKatherine Mary and asks her uncle for permission to marry her.
Their life togetheris a beautiful blend of romance, adventure, tragedy, and history. The courage and humanity of both Katherineand Mike is truly heroic as they dealt with the native Indians, sickness anddeath. Mike had to be a doctor and judgeto the brave people that settled this cold, isolated country. Through the trials of living we see theshared joys and sorrows of this committed couple both to their marriage and tothe 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 yoursoul.
Recently the Freedman’s have written two sequels tothis book from long ago, The Search for Joyful and Kathy Little Bird