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(Laura Elliston/Sawbones #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  864 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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 murder
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Published March 29th 2016 by Redhook
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Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

Life for any female in 1871 could be hard; for a female doctor a career was almost impossible; for a female doctor wanted for murder, a life on-the-run was her only option

When Dr Catherine Bennett is falsely accused of murdering one of her patients, she flees New York City with her maid. There's little chance of a fair hearing, since the murdered man's wife has influential connections, and a conviction seems certain. With a bounty on her head, she travels to Texas and from there decides
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I fell in love with Catherine Bennett's character! She is such a strong woman and does all she can to be a good doctor. She worked with her father in the War dressed as a man so she could help with the medical stuff, she trained with her uncle, or she calls him uncle at any rate, and they started doing the sanitizing of instruments and wounds, etc. She cares deeply for her patients.


She gets accused of murdering a prominent citizen and gets called al
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I went through a lot of different emotions with this book, but I think my final feeling is that it pushed me too far out of my comfort zone.

This book is being marketed as "Outlander-esk," which is a very tall order, in my book. Outlander is my favorite book of all time, and anything compared to it would have to be spectacular. This book simply isn't at that level, but I see why the comparison is being made. We get Dr. Catherine Bennett, an independent, outspoken female physician at a time where
Melissa Lenhardt
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I love all of my books but SAWBONES holds a special place in my heart. My father loved to watch Westerns, Lonesome Dove especially, but any Western would do. (He wasn't much of a reader.) When he died, I spent the summer watching Westerns on AMC and TCM, and reading Westerns, especially Lonesome Dove. More often than not, I would go onto the internet and research, wondering how much was based on real events. What I discovered was a wealth of stories of the American West which went w
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The story starts off with Dr. Catherine Bennett having to flee New York after being falsely accused of murdering a doctor. It's the wife of the doctor that is accusing her and Catherine hasn't a clue to why she would do something like that. And, what's worse is that Catherine does not have a good alibi. Catherine and her maid Maureen quickly leaves the town, and she changes her name to Laura Elliston, but it doesn't take long for someone to recognize her so she abandons her plans for California ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Sawbones centers around the story of Catherine Bennett a doctor and surgeon in 1800’s New York City. She grew up with a love for medicine and helping people as her father was a physician. It was a rare thing for a woman to become a doctor and many people didn’t think it was appropriate for a woman to be practicing medicine especially seeing male patients.

She was a doctor during the Civil War and was then able to set up practice in NYC. However when the wife of a male patient wrongly accuses Cat
Started off good but fell flat for me after the love story started to develop. Skimmed the rest and a couple shining moments but overall meh.

Aah well *shrugs*
24/12 - This is the third of three non-romance book I borrowed a few weeks back, but the only one I've really enjoyed.

Catherine Bennett/Laura Elliston is a doctor in late 1800s New York and she is accused of having an affair with one of her patients' husbands then murdering him when he broke up with her and so she decides to escape New York for the west (California, originally) - that's what the blurb tells us and I thought that was going to be enough of a challenge for Catherine/Laura. But the
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Redhook Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

During the early hours of an 1871 February morning, amidst the slight crunch and give of footsteps in thick snow, Dr. Catherine Bennett walks home from being fleeced by a resurrection man. Disguised as a man in an effort to secure a safe(r) walk home through the streets of New York, Catherine ruminates on death, battlefields, and a past ladened with both. Through a rapid fire suc
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New York 1817, Catherine Benneth is a doctor which is a rarety in those times. She sometimes has to dress like a man to practice the job that she loves. One night, she's attacked and is saved by her friend James. Her gratefulness doesn't last when he tell her she's accused of murdering a man from a respected and wealthy family. Wrongly accused and afraid of being hang, she changes her name to Laura Ellington and runs away with her maid Maureen to Colorado.

On their way there, the are brutalized v
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Sawbones was a book that caught my eye the moment I saw it, because HELLO! Western setting? An independent, determined woman doctor as its protagonist? Only problem was, its genre was straight-up historical fiction without even the ittiest bittiest hint of a speculative element, and I was already being crushed under the weight of review books that I’ve committed myself to on behalf of my Sci-fi & Fantasy book blog. Reluc
Deanne Patterson
Sawbones is the first book in the Sawbones series. It is a nitty gritty Western book about a female doctor right after the civil war who is falsely accused of murder. The book does get pretty graphic in describing the Indian attacks.
Published April 11th 2017 by Redhook (first published March 29th 2016)
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect western adventure story with a strong female main character. I was hooked from the start and can't wait to read the next book.
Ok, now that some of the trauma from the last 20% of the book has worn off I feel able to rate this now.

24 hours earlier

I don't know what to rate this. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings.

I guess we can start with the ending. My hope that the cliffhanger (which I was thankfully aware of because I would be livid right now otherwise) wasn't a HUGE cliffhanger, was sadly unrealized. It's a big one. Nothing is resolved. A lot needs to be worked out. And now I ha
WOW Jill!! What a powerful book. This was one dark, gritty western. I hesitate to call it a romance because really the romance takes a backseat to what Catherine goes through. Catherine is a doctor accused of killing a man. Through a series of events, she ends up on the run headed West. But between Indians, a Lover and Outlaws, Laura, as she is now called is having her internal strength and fortitude tested. What happens to Laura is hard to get through, but you can't help but stay with the book ...more
*Source* Kindle Amazon
*Genre* Western, Historical, Romance
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

SAWBONES is the first installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston trilogy. This is a series that is set in 1871 and it begins in NYC where Dr. Catherine Bennett has struggled for years to gain a foothold in a male dominated world. She's fought tooth and nail and has done things that no male would ever dream of doing. After being attacked by an unknown assailant, Catherine learns from her best friend Ja
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am really not all that interested in reading westerns. I never have been but when I saw this book and the title, it grabbed my attention. It really struck a cord with me.

Now, I feel the book description needs to be expanded on. Though even with writing this review, I was trying to work out how to pull what was not mentioned into my review without giving spoilers.

SAWBONES is a story you can talk about in several different ways. That is how diverse the themes are in the story. Having said that
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I finished and wow, what a ride! Raw and gritty, no sugar coating things here and I loved that about this book. The female lead is tough but human and so many trials and bad things happen to her. I love that the story has a realistic feel to it with all the difficulties that happen, it was wild and hard out in the west back then and this story does not shy away from the hardships and tragedies. I'm not a huge romance fan so I could have done with a little less of that but I think i
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was much darker than I was expecting. I knew it was the story of a female doctor and that it was a western but not much more than that. I've read other reviews since finishing and see that the book was promoted as being for lovers of Outlander. I'm glad I never heard this comparison before reading because I would not have enjoyed the book as much. Other than being historical fiction about a woman doctor they are completely different in tone.

I understand that things were very difficult
* I received this book through NetGalley and Redhook Books in exchange for an honest review. **

DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE TRIGGERED BY RAPE. That is the first and most important thing I have to say in relation to this book. In fact, there's rape in the first chapter. There's rape in later chapters. A lot of detail is put into these rape scenes, as well as the prior molestation/sexual assault scenes, to the point where it made me very sick. I don't know why it was necessary to include- Game
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley, favorites
This book.
Words cannot describe how much I loved Sawbones. It's like nothing I've ever read before.
Historical fiction is steadily becoming one of my go-to genre's..not to mention westerns have always been a weakness of mine. Be it movies or books, it makes no difference.

Time and place aside, I have to say the characters are the highlight of the story. They are incredibly well developed and Catherine Bennett makes the perfect heroine. She's strong-willed with a take no crap attitude. Being a fem
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I just found another book and author to add to my favorites list. I'd give it 10 stars if I could- it was that good! I was expecting a light read but this 1871 western frontier story is so much more then that. Be prepared for one hell of a roller coaster ride with some very dark, intense moments. If you like the wild west or have an interest in medicine, then you need to move this book to the top of your TBR!
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of gritty historical western thrillers
Recommended Read! A perfect example of a well-written, western historical thriller, SAWBONES by Melissa Lenhardt will renew your love of authentic historical fiction. Although its gritty realism may offend some readers, I was captivated by the genuine characterization.

Accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Benton joins a wagon train heading west. Her only alibi is the resurrection man who provided the corpses she practiced surgery on. Catherine doesn’t have much choice but to flee the corrupt legal sy
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
It's 1871, and Catherine is one of the rare women physicians. Practicing in New York City, with a rather mixed clientele, she's already fighting prejudice and scientific ignorance, but when she's accused of murder she has no choice but to flee. She chooses to flee west, but she will lose - and gain - far more than she expected.

Maybe the initial loose end in the plot will be tied up later in the series, but I felt there were a few anachronisms, mainly in Catherine's attitudes and beliefs but occa
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Sawbones is a combination of western, romance, adventure and historical fiction. With its engaging characters, great premise and some rather outstanding (albeit gruesome) action scenes, I was kept engaged throughout and quite enjoyed this book.

Going into this book I wasn't familiar with the term 'sawbones' (for those like me it's an old term for "a surgeon or physician"). What really drew me to this book was the description likening it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. While I enjoyed this book I d
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook from Netgalley and Redhook in exchange for an honest review.

The year is 1871, and Dr. Catherine Bennett overcame obstacles to earn her medical degree, but fighting the prejudice against female doctors will be a never-ending battle. Forced into an unsavory partnership with a ‘Resurrection Man’ in order to better her skills as a physician and a surgeon, something that would be particularly frowned upon simply because she is a woman, Catherine is returning from her latest visi
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2016; Redhook Books

Take a look at the cover for this book. It is gorgeous, but it screams "I am a light read!". I was thinking it would be a historical mystery/western with lots of romance. Nope. Heed my warning, fellow reader, this book is gritty and violent. If you cannot read the Outlander or Into the Wilderness you will not get through this novel. In fact, I would say if you are looking for just romance, skip this one.

There is some romance in this book, and it balances out th
Sawbones by Melissa Lendhardt is set in the 1870's, mostly in the frontier. It is the story of a woman doctor - Catherine Bennett. Catherine has been falsely accused of murder and has had to escape with the help of a friend. She travels from New York out into eventually the wilderness of Colorado.

This is not a story for the faint hearted. Oh - that's right, I am a bit faint hearted, but it was still for me. I just skipped quickly through the grim and horrible realities of attack on the wagon tra
Rachel McMillan
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really love stories about women who step out expectations and make careers for themselves in a man's world.

The historical and medical research that went into this tale was impressive---as was the bold and inspiring heroine.

I completely different kind of historical, undercut with the visceral realities of a time and profession.
Karen KK
Good story and I look forward to reading the series.
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Melissa Lenhardt is a women’s fiction, mystery, and historical fiction author. Her debut mystery, STILLWATER, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and SAWBONES, her historical fiction debut, was hailed as a "thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new sub-genre: the feminist Western" by Lone Star Literary Life. The New York Times cal ...more

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