Sawbones

New York City, 1871. Catherine Bennett, who trained as a surgeon alongside her father in the Civil War, is wrongfully accused of murder. Her only option is to change her name and flee, and she heads west. She joins a small wagon train planning to create a new town in Colorado, but barely survives a Comanche attack. She quickly proves her worth as a doctor when she saves the life of Captain William Kindle, and when they are taken to Kindle’s base, Fort Richardson, she is given temporary command of the fort’s hospital. A wanted poster, with her picture on it and a bounty offered, turns up at the fort and Catherine, now Laura Elliston, knows she has to vanish again. Catherine is a very likeable character, with more modern sensibilities than one would expect, and the tenacity a woman would need in that time period to practice medicine. The love story is nicely done, but be advised that there is graphic violence throughout. Well read by Suehyla El-Attar. This is the first of a three-volume trilogy, and the conclusion will leave listeners looking for volume two, Blood Oath.

Sawbones [sound recording]By Lenhardt, Melissa

A woman doctor in 1871 New York flees to Colorado to escape a phony murder charge, and faces the dangers of the west, constant doubt about her abilities, and possible bounty hunters.

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