When Doves Fly by Lauren Gregory

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    Lauren Gregory’s Western romance has all the elements of classic melodrama: a handsome and honorable cowboy, an unscrupulous banker, and a naïve but spunky heroine, but Gregory recasts these archetypes into a modern tale of a young woman’s grit, determination, and self-sufficiency in an 1870s Colorado boomtown.

    Lily Wright flees her cruel husband for the promise of freedom and opportunity in Colorado, but brutality and vice lurk in the remote Rocky Mountains of the 1870s.

    In a time when men control every woman’s destiny, Lily craves independence. Taking advantage of a gold rush, she settles in a boomtown and opens a dry goods catering to the miners, outlaws, and fallen women. She builds a new life and forms bonds that banish the ghosts of her past.

    Lily soon discovers the Wild West is a fool’s paradise. The false-fronted saloons and shops cloak a world of addiction and violence. When she stands her ground, jealousy, injustice, and greed exact their dues in ways a lady couldn’t imagine.

    Independence has a price. It will cost Lily her sanity and her life, unless she finds the strength and courage to make her own destiny.

    Review by MerriOne:

    Lauren Gregory
    Lauren Gregory

    Lauren Gregory’s Western romance has all the elements of classic melodrama: a handsome and honorable cowboy, an unscrupulous banker, and a naïve but spunky heroine, but Gregory recasts these archetypes into a modern tale of a young woman’s grit, determination, and self-sufficiency in an 1870s Colorado boomtown.

    Lilly Wright, the main character, is a young woman who faces one catastrophe after another—from robbery to a devastating fire, disfigurement, and forced prostitution—and learns how to be the hero of her own harrowing story. My only critique of this book is that the author frequently intrudes on scenes with anachronistic commentary on the action or Lilly’s state of mind.

    Many chapters, however, beautifully capture the period and characters. Keep an eye on Lauren Gregory; like her creation Lilly Wright, she may well develop into a force to be reckoned with.

    Review by Kerry Black:

    This complex book explores the old west with Lily Wright, a woman who endures and overcomes real-life horrors in her quest for freedom. Ms. Gregory’s research immerses the reader.

    I felt Lily’s pain, growth, and triumph. A woman alone in the 1800’s endured much; dangers stalked the untamed west, but a woman fleeing an abusive husband had reason to hide. Lily developed a strength that flew above her circumstances to where no cage, gilded or not, contained her.

    Review by book addict: A page turner that keeps you rooting for the heroine the whole way through. There must have been an awful lot of research put into the development of this book, because it immerses the reader fully into the old west.

    Not a chapter passes where you feel the plot slowing down. This is one of those books you finish feeling bereft that the journey is over, and find your thoughts returning to characters who have become real. I look forward to read it again.