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Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

Sawbones - Melissa Lenhardt

It's a gripping read. Post US Civil War Texas, massacres, a feminist female doctor accused of murder on the run, kidnapping, rape, it's all there.

 

Here's the blurb:

 

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. And in a land unknown, so large yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so lonyyyy

 

The story is told in the first person, and the author tries to capture the tone of voice an educated woman might have in the early 1870's US. It's seemed a bit odd, but I got used to it. The feminist theme is very strong, which I like.

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