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Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear.
With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.
Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series.
"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion....A GRAND SLAM OUT OF THE PARK."
-RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) 4.5 stars
"Thoroughly original, smart and satisfying...perhaps a new subgenre: THE FEMINIST WESTERN."
-Lone Star Literary Life
"DAMN BRILLIANT and I absolutely loved it!"
-Bibliosanctum (4.5 stars)
"I COULDN'T TEAR MYSELF AWAY... An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones will rip right through you."
-Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author
"YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE with Catherine."
-Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Melissa Lenhardt is on the board of directors for the North Dallas chapter of Sisters in Crime, as well as a member of the DFW Writers Workshop. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful story, written by a very talented author!!! After only 50 pages I ordered her other book, including the sequel due out in August. Highly recommend to all who are interested in this time period and of the struggles of women doctors on the frontier.
I've always figured that living in the wild west could be hazardous, but this book really brings how precarious it could be before the west became civilized. I enjoyed this book quite a bit from the romance to the history to even a little bit of mystery (just a smidge). I even admired Catherine/Laura and everything she endured both as a doctor in NY and then trying to make a new life for herself after being accused of murder. It wasn't easy and being a woman doctor in the 1800's wasn't easy either. I was impressed at her trying to teach people to be clean when treating wounds and that was the reason for infections. She was ahead of her time for sure! This book is very descriptive when it comes to the indian raids on settlers and caravans, but honestly that is how it happened and while maybe hard to read it was well written and I felt like I was an outsider looking in on the tragedies. Can't wait to see how the next books play out!
Looking for a mild, romanticized, sanitized version of the old west and frontier life? Do not read this book. What author Melissa Lenhardt has instead given readers is a story that tells it like it was, which means that at times, Sawbones is raw, brutal, and heartbreaking. It is not a light read, and there are scenes of violence and death that will haunt readers, just as they haunt the main character, Catherine. “There is that word again! Oh, how I have always loathed the word appropriate! It is a word used most often by women without the courage or imagination to think and do for themselves and by men who routinely engage in inappropriate behavior behind closed doors.” There is nothing typical about Catherine, who is a doctor in a time when women are rarely taken seriously. What makes Catherine intriguing, in addition to her career choice, is her flaws and the consequences of them (primarily her pride about being a doctor). Readers will ache for Catherine to keep her mouth shut to make her life easier, but who can blame Catherine for speaking up and out? It's often a lose-lose situation. With the story told from Catherine's point of view, readers see the internal struggles that Catherine has in dealing with her external struggles. Considering the traumatic events she's experienced (with the readers right there with her), Catherine has remarkable control over her emotions, and it's not surprising that her training as a doctor helps her there. Other characters are richly written, fully fleshed-out, and memorable -- but don't get too attached. That's all I'm saying. Author Lenhardt has done her research and the inclusion of historical events (including the Warren Wagon Train Massacre, the military mindset, and the government's mishandling of the Native Americans) really adds authenticity to the story. Lenhardt vividly describes the landscape of the plains of Texas, and the attitudes of the people of that era. Though some descriptions are quite graphic, Lenhardt masterfully writes other scenes so that readers are given enough to flinch (or have a stronger reaction) but really, the details are in one's own horrifying imagination. The ending was satisfying with the most immediate crisis resolved and plenty of loose ends to tend to in the next installment, Blood Oath, which comes out May 2017. I am very much looking forward to it!
This book is a pleasant read about a young woman doctor who struggled to become a doctor and later becomes embroiled in an occurrence for which she is being blamed. She soon finds herself blamed for murder and forced to flee. With an assumed identity, she ends up in Texas and prepares to leave with a wagon train bound for Colorado Territory. While she waits to leave, she works as a doctor at an army fort, but her identity and secret are at risk of discovery and trouble finds her anew. I found myself completely absorbed by this story and Catherine's plight. There were plenty of surprises that kept me eagerly reading. The book ties off many of the loose ends, and leaves only one or two that will resume in the following book. My only concern is the misleading tagline of the book - it is nothing like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon except for the fact the heroine is trained in medicine. All will be well as long as you don't expect it to be similar. Definitely a 5 star read - interesting from first page to last. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit http://www.historyandwomen.com.
Sawbones is the first book of the new series Sawbones. I liked this book. The writing style was a little different than I am used to. Once I got used to it, I found myself enjoying the book. The author has a talent of describing the scenes that makes the reader feel as though they are right there in the book. I cannot wait to read the next installment of the series. 4 1/2 stars.
I received a free ebook copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Netgalley and Melissa Lenhardt. Thank you, folks, for sharing your work with me. This is an excellent historical with realistic, empathetic characters, well defined, well researched backgrounds and enough mystery and romance to keep it interesting. I will follow this author.