Bookish Beginnings On Friday | Anatomy: A Love Story – Dana Schwartz

Lately we’ve been using our bookish beginnings on Fridays to start tackling out Netgalley backlist. Besides our Netgalley backlist, I’m also trying to work on my physical backlist and want to talk about a book I plan on reading today after blogging. Anatomy: A Love Story is a young adult historical fiction that sounds amazing!

This meme was created by Rose City Reader. The idea is to post the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading. After that you talk about your initial thoughts about the sentence, book or anything to do with that.

A gothic tale full of mystery and romance about a willful female surgeon, a resurrection man who sells bodies for a living, and the buried secrets they must uncover together.

Edinburgh, 1817.

Hazel Sinnett is a lady who wants to be a surgeon more than she wants to marry.

Jack Currer is a resurrection man who’s just trying to survive in a city where it’s too easy to die.

When the two of them have a chance encounter outside the Edinburgh Anatomist’s Society, Hazel thinks nothing of it at first. But after she gets kicked out of renowned surgeon Dr. Beecham’s lectures for being the wrong gender, she realizes that her new acquaintance might be more helpful than she first thought. Because Hazel has made a deal with Dr. Beecham: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, the university will allow her to enroll. Without official lessons, though, Hazel will need more than just her books – she’ll need bodies to study, corpses to dissect.

Lucky that she’s made the acquaintance of someone who digs them up for a living, then.

But Jack has his own problems: strange men have been seen skulking around cemeteries, his friends are disappearing off the streets. Hazel and Jack work together to uncover the secrets buried not just in unmarked graves, but in the very heart of Edinburgh society.


“Hurry up!”

“I’m digging as fast as I can, Davey.”

“Well, dig faster.”


Well this first sentence doesn’t really give anything away. The only thing I’m hoping is that it means we’ll get some humor in this book. Anatomy: A Love Story is going to be an interesting one I think. Our female main character is clearly way beyond her time and works together with someone she never thought she would.

I love that besides working together, so Hazel can practice for her exam that they also work together to figure out what’s going on out in the streets where Jack’s friends seem to go missing. I hope that if we get a romance in this book that it doesn’t take over the story!


Have you read Anatomy: A Love Story? If so, what did you think? I’m hoping I love it as much as my friends seems to. Also, if it’s good I have an eARC of the sequel that released a couple of weeks ago.

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