The Lady Who Loved Bones by Jack Hazen

The wild west just got wilder. The widow Hannah Monroe, a beautiful blonde paleontologist from Philadelphia, ventures into the remote parts of the Montana Territory in the late spring of 1867. The members of her expedition, organized and financed by Professor Joseph Leidy of the Academy of Natural Sciences, are massacred by Cheyenne on the…

The wild west just got wilder. The widow Hannah Monroe, a beautiful blonde paleontologist from Philadelphia, ventures into the remote parts of the Montana Territory in the late spring of 1867. The members of her expedition, organized and financed by Professor Joseph Leidy of the Academy of Natural Sciences, are massacred by Cheyenne on the warpath along the Bozeman Trail. She is captured but is rescued from a horrific fate of rape and enslavement by the enigmatic Hex Hawkins, mountain man, former spy during the war, and owner of a secret gold mine.

Lady Monroe, as she becomes known, must obtain the resources to establish a new expedition. Utimately their party searches the Hell Creek Formation for the fossils of terrible lizards and other ancient creatures. Along the way, they encounter not only Indians bent on murder and mayhem, but sadistic outlaws, deadly animals including an angry grizzly bear, and a sect of religious zealots. That summer Hannah makes incredible discoveries about herself and the world we live in. Can she prove that a woman can do anything a man can do?

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“comedic historical adventure”

Five Star Review on Amazon By K.B.

The Lady Who Loved Bones is a historical adventure set in Montana Territory in the 1860s. The main character, Hannah, is an independent woman who is far ahead of her time. She is a paleontologist (yes, they were around back then!) who is looking for dinosaur fossils. Unfortunately for her, the quest keeps getting sidetracked. Besides being attacked by bears, snakes, and members of the Cheyenne tribe, Hannah and her growing entourage also have to navigate a shady group of Mormons, some outlaws, a sinkhole and more. The author definitely has a sense of humor and he doesn’t take this novel too seriously, which makes it work. Hannah and her romantic interest, Hex, trade naughty innuendo right from the beginning, though they never completely get down to business. As the story progresses, Hannah and Hex find more companions being added to what was originally a party of two. Some of this odd assortment of characters pair off in on-and-off relationships as well, resulting in a humorous version of Survivor in the high desert. When their motley group of travelers expands to include both a fire-and-brimstone preacher and a lady of the night who turns out to be a guy, things get even more interesting. Add in the eventual fossil discovery, which isn’t completely understood by the least intellectual members of their band, and you’ll be laughing at the goofy hijinks Hannah and the others keep getting themselves into. By the end of the tale, Hannah has her wagon of bones, the bad guys have gotten what they deserve, and Hannah and Hex seem on the verge of happily ever after. The conclusion seemed a little open-ended though, so I’m wondering if there will be a sequel. Here’s hoping!

About the Author

Jack Hazen is an amateur paleontologist and gynecologist. He spends his time near Pittsburgh rooting for the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins or Austin rooting for cowgirls but not Cowboys. He served in the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and later the war between the sexes. Jack graduated from a Catholic university where his greatest achievements were an “A” in Philosophy of Communism and a “F” in a New Testament course taught by a priest. He was employed as an executive with a Fortune 500 company for many years. An ordained minister, he is fascinated by the conflict promulgated by Young Earth Creationists between religion and science. Favorite Kent (Dr. Dino) Hovind quotation: “I believe that di

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