Book Review

Review – Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

I requested Sawbones from NetGalley because ever since it toured on the Lone Star Book Blog Tour, I’ve wanted to read it. I was surprised there was still an option on NG when the book is already published, but you never know until you try! Look for reviews to the next two books in the series over the next month or so.


Historical Fiction / Western / Romance

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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. (Goodreads)


*I received a NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe it’s a personal preference, but first-person POV seems more fitting for a contemporary work rather than a historical one. There wasn’t much connection to the main character Catherine/Laura despite being inside her head.

There were jumps in time/place, especially in the beginning, that at times made it hard to follow.

Catherine’s journey is not an easy one. It is filled with a lot of pain and misfortunes. But she still finds a way. I like that she did not give up, even though at times it seems she’s ready to. I really enjoyed the way the past continued to haunt Catherine through the people around her, showing that no matter how far you go, it’s a small world.

There are a range of secondary characters that prove to be quite interesting, as well.

The views on Native American Indians held by the characters of the book are probably pretty true to the time, but they were very difficult to swallow.

Overall the story was okay, and I’m hoping to see a little more development and complexity from the writing over the course of the next two books.

3 of 5 stars

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