Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Tweenhood!

Who was Benedict Freedman? Along with his wife Nancy, he wrote Mrs. Mike
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I am not sure how many of you out there have read Mrs. Mike, but it served as my official crossover from child-lit to grown-up fiction. The book is based on the life of Katherine O'Fallon, who visited Canada from her native Boston for the sake of her health, only to meet a dreamboat of a mountie, marry him, and the two work tirelessly side by side in hard surroundings.

Ma had recommended this book to a girl in shul, and proceeded to become something close to a deity for that information. With eyes shining, hands clasped in reverence, the reader followed her about, begging for more book titles. 

Mr. Freedman himself had a romantic story with his wife Nancy. 
Mr. Freedman had met and fallen in love with his wife, then Nancy Mars, in 1939. A young actress, she was suffering a serious relapse of childhood rheumatic fever. When Mr. Freedman asked for her hand, her father, a doctor, tried to dissuade him: his daughter was expected to live only a few months more. He married her anyway, in 1941. They were married until Mrs. Freedman’s death in 2010.
Mrs. Mike is still in print, and I think it is about time I bought one for my bookshelf.

4 comments:

Observant Observer said...

I never read it but it sure sounds like an incredible book.

Anonymous said...

For years, that was one of my sister's favorite book. As a matter of fact, we somehow always had a library copy lying around in my house, so we all read it more than once...including at least one of my brothers.
I think I saw a "sequel" in a Barnes and Noble a couple of years ago...it didn't look very good, but I don't remember if it was by the same author(s) or not.
I do recall that, for some reason, when I first read it, I was under the impression that it was a fictionalized memoir, along the lines of Little House on the Prairie.

Sporadic Intelligence said...

My 8th grade teacher recommended it to me. I checked it out of the library, but I couldn't get past the cover picture, I hate nature, dogs, and that type stuff.

I guess missed out.

Princess Lea said...

Yeah, they HATED the sequel. Better not to know of it.

SI, I am shocked! The dogs are barely mentioned.