Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this fast-paced historical debut.

When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.


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.   

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