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. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long. @goodreads
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 all kinds of names and a bounty put on her head! I mean really? These people are jerks and you know some jerk just set her up. Soooooo, she has to run for her life. She gets the help of her friend Camille to go to Colorado and her traveling companion is Maureen who raised her and helped her dad when her mother died. She is a sweet woman. But, when they get there, the person Camille had set them up with was not available for certain reasons so they joined a wagon train heading out to Texas to some settlement. She thought maybe she could be the first doctor there. All she wants to do is be a doctor people.
On their away, they all get attacked and she is left alone in the world. She is saved by Captain William Kindle and it turns out she saves him by doing surgery on his arm and leg. They are taken back to Fort Richardson and she is promptly set up as the temporary doctor until the new one arrives with supplies, whenever that may be. Yay! She's so happy.
Oh and she changes her name to Dr. Laura Elliston. I just love her spunk and snark and the way she treats everyone as equals. She does butt heads with some men in the fort but we know that's bound to happen. And one of the women, Harriet, who seems like a jerk in the beginning, turns out to be a great friend.
I love the relationship that slowly grows between Captain Kindle and Laura. It's so sweet and funny and I loved reading about it. But they have a lot of trials to go through. There is someone after Laura, she thinks a bounty hunter has found here when she starts getting secret envelopes with her picture and reward on it. This has her pretty freaked out, as it would anyone.
I don't want to give out any major spoilers but I loved the ending. It does get rough for a bit, actually a lot of parts of the book are gruesome. It does all seem like it's going to work out in the end and that's all that matters.
I leave you with an EXCERPT:
"Furthermore, if I wanted to attach a man, which I decidedly do not, I would not need the aid of the heightened emotions of a sickbed. I am a doctor and Captain Kindle's health is what I am interested in ministering to. My second objective is perform the duties set upon me by General Sherman, then leave this country, which--the beautiful sunset notwithstanding--resembles nothing more than the seventh circle of hell to me."
"Dr. Elliston, your language is hardly appropriate."
"There is that word again! Oh, how I have always loathed the word appropriate! It is a word used most often by women without the courage or imagination to think and do for themselves and by men who routinely engage in inappropriate behavior behind closed doors."
*I would like to thank Netgalley and Redhook Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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