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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.

©2016 Melissa Lenhardt (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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 best-selling author)
"Sawbones is a thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new subgenre: the feminist Western." (Lone Star Literary Life)
"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion. There is mystery, murder, Indians, bounty hunters and intrigue. The women are brave, intelligent, and don't take crap from anyone. Lenhardt is a talented, creative writer; she has a grand slam out of the park with Sawbones." (RT Book Reviews)

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 05-04-17

Oh Yeah!

When you see a claim that a book is like "Outlander meets" so and so- your inner skeptic rolls its eyes and says: "yeah, right!" Well, this claim is true, Outlander meets Post Civil-War West, other than the lack of time travel and the fact that the book isn't as long as Outlander books are. I took a chance on this because a blogger group I'm in was almost universally exclaiming over the soon arrival of next book in the series. I'm so glad I did. I could not stop Listening. The characters are big and take charge. Also, the narrator is amazing. I found myself very involved in Laura and William's story and can't wait for the next. If this review helps you - please make sure and like it 😊.

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Finally!!!! A western with a female w/ guts

So pleasntly surprised by how well written this book was. The narrator was excellent, you could feel the emotion. Can't wait for the next book!

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The Narrator is Brilliant

What does Suehyla El-Attar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm the author of Sawbones and Suehyla El-Attar has brought my characters to life in a way I never thought possible. This isn't a mere narration, it is a performance and it is absolutely brilliant.

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Compelling narration

The strength of this story is in the dialogue between the two main characters. The reading of that dialogue was compelling. This is a rougher story than I would recommend to my daughter or even my mother, but I enjoyed it.