Jenn from Jenn's Bookshelves is hosting the first mini-challenge of the Thankfully Reading Weekend.
She asks us to
write a post about the book you are most thankful for. This could be a book released this year or twenty years ago. Your post should include why you are thankful for that book.
Here's one of many books I'm thankful for: Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman. It was first published in the 1940s, and I read it in the early 1960s when I was in third or fourth grade. I have never reread the book, but I still remember the story of the young Irish-American who married a Canadian Mounty and how they had to travel by sled and canoe to his posting in the wilderness.
The novel is based on the true story of Katherine Mary O'Fallon, and I remember admiring her spunk and determination as she ventured into the cold north with her new husband.
As I was tracking down a cover shot for the book and getting some publishing information this afternoon, I was amused to see that it is described as a romance and a love story. Frankly I don't have any recollection of that part. What I recall is the journey, the interactions between the cultures, and the fact that Mike, her husband, was all things Western to the Native Americans in his territory.
I also discovered that there were other Mrs. Mike books. Who knew? Maybe I'll reread the original and give the others a try.
Why am I grateful for this book? How many books are there that remain in your head for more than 40 years? I credit this book--as well as several others I read around the same time--with starting me on the road to historic fiction, adventure stories, and books with strong female characters.
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, 2002