Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
Date of Publication: March 29, 2016
# of pages: 304
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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.
PRAISE FOR SAWBONES:
Absolutely loved it! I couldn’t tear myself away from Sawbones. An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones will rip right through you.”
— Marci Jefferson, author of GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN and ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS
“As if being a post-Civil War female doctor weren’t hard enough, Catherine Bennett is unfairly accused of murder and forced to flee to the Texas frontier to avoid the noose. You will fall in love with Catherine, as I did, as she struggles to assert herself in a violent and treacherous world, fighting not only prejudice but evil. Melissa Lenhardt’s heroine is a passionate, compassionate woman, who must deal with Indians and bounty hunters, fear and injustice—and even love.”
— Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
“Melissa Lenhardt has given us an amazing heroine and sent her on a thrilling journey from the teeming streets of New York City to the vast wilderness of the Texas frontier. Dr. Catherine Bennett’s adventure will keep you turning pages long into the night!"
— Victoria Thompson, best-selling author of the Gaslight Mysteries
“Raw, gritty and sometimes graphic, Melissa Lenhardt has crafted a page-turner. In Sawbones, the women are smart, brave and at times ‘incorrigible.’ The plot twists, unique characters and intriguing story of passion and betrayal make this a book well worth discovering. ”
— Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness
Melissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, and Christmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. She is a member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop and vice president of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter. Melissa lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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Once again I find myself reading outside my comfort zone in genres. I am so glad I did. This book was brilliant!! I could not stop reading this book. I was constantly thinking about it and wanting to get back to reading it.
Here you have a strong female character which I love. You have mystery and not only that there is more suspense to add to it. You also have twists throughout this book and it was great. I loved how the author tied in the Comanche Indian Quanah Parker into the story. You feel for the characters in this story.
I enjoyed Anna, Maureen, Captain William and so many more. I will most certainly be recommending this book to my family and friends. The Character build was great. I love how this author makes you feel like you are in the story. I am so looking forward to reading Blood Oath.
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