Traveling the West as a female physician, 34-year-old Doctor Rebekah LaRoche is no stranger to trouble. But on her way to New Mexico Territory, an unexpected stay in Amarillo, Texas, leads to confrontation with the Baxter clan – four brothers bred for trouble – and finds Rebekah in deep trouble.
Cattle rancher Clem Baxter's private war over grazing rights in the Palo Duro Canyon turns disastrous, and when the dust settles, one of the Baxter brothers is hurt bad. Clem sends for a doctor, not a woman, but that's what he gets when Rebekah, known as "Doc Beck," arrives at the ranch.
Now held at Clem's ranch against her will, Rebekah must plot to flee through the night with her young friend into the dangers and beauty of the Palo Duro Canyon.
Of Omaha Indian and French descent, Rebekah has always relied on her wits to get her out of any situation. But does that include facing down men willing to die—and kill—for a wild piece of land just as dangerous as any bullet?
Of Omaha Indian and French descent, Rebekah relies on her wits and good sense to get her out of any situation. But does that include facing down men willing to die—and kill—for the canyon?
About the Doc Beck Westerns:
Doctor Rebekah LaRoche is known as Doc Beck, which gets her foot in doors before they slam in her face because she's a woman. A sophisticated spitfire with remarkable people skills, a foot in the door is all Rebekah needs to do her job. But the work doesn't fill the longing in her heart for a place to truly call home—and someone beyond herself to believe in.
Books in the series:
Canyon War (Book 1)
Mission Bandits (Book 2)
Grave Robbers (Book 3)
Desert Captive (Book 4)
Ranch Feud (Book 5)
Bronc Buster (Book 6)
The Gunman (Book 7)
Ape Man (Book 8)
Reading one of Sarah Elizabeth Sawyer's books, you may always count on a couple of things - meeting interesting characters, learning new things about history, a balanced and fair view - and having your appetite whetted for her next book! Canyon War is no exception. This is Sara Elizabeth Sawyer's amazing first book in the Doc Beck Western series. The reader has the privilege of riding along on medical visits with a lady who is a pioneer in several ways - being a female Indian doctor in the West during the 1800s. We accompany her, and later her new friend Jimmy, as they encounter dangerous outlaws, hazardous weather and other common elements of the era. I love this new character! My favorite insight into Doc Bec's nature is "But she learned lonh ago she couldn't adopt every stray she came across," which shows that she is not only capable and brave but also has a big heart. Sawyer does a great job with setting the scene, as well. My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Palo Duro years ago, and we know that it is challeging to do justice to the beauty with words. But the book provides a very nice "word picture" of the incredible natural beauty of the canyon. I highly recommend this book, and am already eagerly anticipating the second book in the series!