A: Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate, by publishing a blog post every day in April, except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B, and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.

You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads



“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.” Goodreads 


Hazel is an upper class seventeen year old girl with a fascination for science and medicine. She has a strong desire to be a doctor and no interest at all in marriage, as is expected by her parents. Anatomy is set in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1817, a time when the idea of a female surgeon was inconceivable. Hazel needs to pass the medical exam but is thrown out of medical lectures for being a woman. As she now isn’t able to have official lessons, she needs a supply of corpses to study. At the time, grave robbing isn’t at all unusual, and she has recently made friends with Jack, a grave robber who helps her obtain the bodies for her research and study.

Published in 2022
Kindle edition


This is the beginnings of the story, and it develops into much more with macabre and unusual twists. I wouldn’t class this book as gothic, but it is definitely macabre. It’s not a scary read, but I did wish my stomach was stronger at times. Some passages for me, were quite difficult to read. After I finished reading the book, I discovered that it was YA, and did wonder how younger readers coped with those parts. Perhaps, being younger, they have a stronger tolerance than me, for gore and a bit of yukkiness.

This didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book. I absolutely loved it, and read it very quickly, as I couldn’t put it down. I read this book when it first came out in early 2022, and have just read it for the second time. My reason for reading it again, other than that I adored the story line, is because the sequel was about to be published. I felt the need for a refresher before diving into what happened next to Hazel. I’m so pleased that I read it the second time. With the knowledge of what happens in the end, I was able to pick up on certain things during the book, that went over my head on the first reading.

Anatomy: A Love Story – audiobook – short sample

All books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library, unless otherwise stated.

Star Rating 

Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again

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31 thoughts on “A: Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz #AtoZChallenge

  1. I love how you have reviewed the book and your rating system is very apt too. I also wonder at the resistance of the YA readers to be able to comprehend gore, bad language and the sexual content in these books. I am astounded by it all and have almost given up reading YA books as I am unable to grapple with the teenagerish writing.

    Looking forward to reading all of the book reviews you will be publishing in the challenge.

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  2. This sounds like an intriguing book, although I don’t usually read historical fiction. Re it being YA, I think some young people are definitely capable of handling more than we think.

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  3. Well done on getting the first post up there, I look forward to finding some new books to add to my TBR.

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  4. I have seen this book cover peeking out at me from the shelves at my favorite book store. Now that I have a better idea of what to expect, I might give it a try. 🙂

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  5. Good review! I’m not sure my stomach could handle it, either, but I like the story line of a woman taking matters into her own hands after official channels were closed to her.

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