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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Lily Wright flees her cruel husband for the promise of 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 n
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 10th 2015 by Echo Mountain Publishing (first published September 29th 2015)
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Terry Tyler
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Review Team

After a slightly shaky start, I enjoyed this book a lot. Lauren Gregory certainly knows how to keep a reader turning the pages, and I was engrossed for nearly all of it.

When Doves Fly is the story of Lily Wright, fleeing tragic family circumstances and a brutal husband, in the days of the Wild West and people striking out to make their fortune via the gold rush. A woman alone, she struggles to make a living in the boom town of Clear Springs, Co
T. Tyson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great. Although, many times, I almost threw my kindle at the wall (prompting my little sister to think I was crazy with my screaming at the screen) because of Lily's pure stupidity. Or, I guess you could call it naivety. But she was naive in the way that makes you want to see her grow, not the naive that makes you hate reading about her. As for Luke... I'll be honest and say that I wasn't enthralled with him. He truly didn't do much wrong and seemed a bit too good to be t ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Vikki Patis
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I heard about When Doves Fly, I knew I wanted to review it myself. It’s the kind of novel I adore – gritty fiction, set against a harsh, historical backdrop, with fierce women taking centre stage. And I loved it.

Gregory is not afraid to show the brutal nature of the women’s lives, the horrors they had to suffer through. This theme is not unique to the time in which the story is set; in this way, When Doves Fly is every bit contemporary fiction as it is historical.

The protagonist, Lily Wrigh
G.P. Gadbois
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The description of the 1870 captivated my interest from start to end. With all the challenges Lily faces, I couldn’t put the book down. An excellent read and I can’t wait for the sequel.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love well-researched and realistic historical fiction, portraying the world as it would have been and the people as they were. I particularly love well-written historical fiction that tells the story of women, and that pulls no punches. That’s certainly what you get with this novel.
At first, I have to admit I was a little wary. I was worried that Lily was going to be one of those historical women that I hate - the type that people describe as ‘feisty’, who manage to live lives that are complet
The Literary Connoisseur
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
After years of suffering in the suffocating clutches of her possessive husband, Lily Wright has fled her home, and found sanctuary in a little town in the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where no one knows her past.
Taking place in the late nineteenth century, When Doves Fly comes with a bushel-full of problems, challenges, and life-threatening possibilities. Lily Wright has found solace in her new home, where she has opened her very own dry goods shop, but will this town, and the people resi
Elizabeth Lloyd
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Here is a book which takes us back to the Wild West we used to see in old movies, where men are tough and uncouth and women are there for their pleasure. Into this setting comes Lily Wright, running away from abuse and tragedy, looking for a new life in a boomtown during the gold rush in Colorado. Intending to open a dry goods store, her plans are in disarray after she loses her money and belongings. Without any assistance she struggles to make a living despite the fates being against her.

Lily i
Jennifer l Courtney
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced read and thoroughly enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. Keep your eye on Lauren Gregory, she's a force to be reckoned with! ...more
A.M. Justice
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mary Knuckles
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily's journey in the Old West shows us a woman determined to find her own way. She is fleeing her rotten husband and I admire her courage. Many women in today's world has been in Lily's shoes in some form or fashion, and it's great to read how Lily overcomes her obstacles in the Wild West. Lauren Gregory is a wonderful writer who brings the horrible things done to women in the Wild West to light. I'm looking forward to reading the next book about Lily. ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. The struggles Lily goes through and her ability to keep on trying to succeed is inspirational. Fascinating characters, a great plot and the feeling you get from the old west makes this a worthwhile book to read.
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Lauren Gregory, who was raised on a horse farm, discovered a love for writing in sixth grade when she learned she could move people with words. She misplaced that love for a couple decades and traveled the world in the Navy, floundered through two college degrees, and embarked on raising a rowdy son who’s too much like her. She found that love again on a cold November morning in 2013, and they’ve ...more

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