"A house without books is like a room without windows." -Horace Mann

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mrs. Mike

by Benedict and Nancy Freedman

I love stories about the invincible women who lived during the early frontier days, mostly because it makes me appreciate all the wonderful things I have like electricity, running water, clean clothes that don't involve petticoats or bloomers, and no hard manual labor.  But those trials made for some tough, independent, amazing women.  Mrs. Mike is no exception.  She falls in love with a mounty and then faces trial, hardship and tragedy in the wilderness of the Canadian north.  It is a wonderful and realistic love story as well as a tale of survival, based on Kathy O'Fallen's real life experiences.

The descriptions of the scenery and characters are well-written and puts you very much into the moment.  The writing does not gloss over the hardships they face, or make the tragedies any less heart-wrenching than they might have felt at the time.  I also appreciate seeing their young romance blossom into a strong marriage.  Read this book and then do some research on your own ancestors and find out about the strong women who brought you to where you are today.


  1. Not related to this post, but have you seen this article?


    There are apparently 129,864,880 books in the world! (According to Google. Which adds a whole level of irony.)

    You've got your work cut out for you with this here blog... :-)

  2. T - I know, isn't it great?! I could be doing this my whole life and never run out of books. But remember that I don't plan on reviewing all these books, only the good ones. That should still leave me plenty.