Book Review: When Doves Fly by Lauren Gregory

This complex novel explores the old west with Lily Wright, a naive 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 set backs and triumphs. A woman alone in the 1800’s endured much. Horrifying dangers stalked the untamed west, including forced prostitution and disfigurement, 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.