Re-reading this with a slightly more critical eye caused me to knock it down a star. Not because of the writing, but because of how the Mounties deal with the indigenous population of Canada. No doubt its true to its time- but parts are very hard to read with a modern sensibility.
Theres a passage where a young Indian boy is kidnapped from the mission school by his father that is beyond painful to read. There are some other uncomfortable bits around cultural differences as well.But if one can remember that it was written in the 1930s by a woman born in the 1880s, one can understand and read accordingly. It is, at its heart, a warm and charming story of a little girl who falls head-over-heels in love with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and how they gradually come to return her love.
Susannah is 9 years old at the opening of this book, and shes a little hellion- a very realistic, foot-stomping, self-centered little hellion who creates chaos without the slightest bit of malice aforethought.Her adventures and scrapes are such fun- and her desperate longing to be a Mountie herself is totally understandable.
The snapshot of Victorian Canada is a delight, though not an unrelieved delight- see comment re: indigenous peoples, above.Highly recommended.