A sprawling novel focuses on the burgeoning revolution in 19th-century
Texas. …a substantial piece of thoughtful historical fiction.
In the Texas Revolution of 1836, fighters and those fleeing after the Alamo and Goliad brace for a last clash. Born in Mexico’s San Antonio, Captain Juan Seguin risks all in championing the break-away republic. Private James Trezevant, one of few Georgia Battalion survivors, makes his way toward the attack at San Jacinto. The Harper women scramble for the safety of the American border. Yarico and anyone else identified as a slave stay wary during calls for “liberty or death.”
Judith Austin Mills has given us an impressive third volume in her moving saga of the birth of Texas. This novel of survival, struggle and redemption is character driven and emotionally charged from beginning to end. We see the battlefield intimately, not just heroically, and the hard won happiness of the "winners" has its cost. The Dove Shall Fly is not just a fine novel by an extraordinary writer, but a tribute to morality not often seen in our times.
—Sharon Kahn, Scribner novelist, University of Texas Press author
The Dove Shall Fly is a moving tale of adventure and sacrifice driven by characters torn from the pages of Texas history. All those who enjoy imagining themselves witnessing our rich past will love this book.
—Jeffrey Kerr, author of Lamar’s Folly and Seat of Empire
Another captivating novel by a master at historical detail. The interlocking stories of three Texas Revolution participants grip from the first page.
—Karen Casey Fitzjerrel, award winning historical fiction author of Forgiving Effie Beck and The Dividing Season
About the Author
In 1989 at the University of Texas, the author earned her M.A.in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Stories from her collection, Lost Autumn Blues, have appeared in literary journals. One piece from her poetry book Accidental Joy received a Pushcart nomination in 2015. The novel manuscript Tripping Home won the Writers' League of Texas mainstream competition in 2001.
Since retiring from the French classroom and from Austin Community College as an Adjunct, Associate Professor of English, Judith Austin Mills devotes her time to writing and to family. She is more and more convinced that hopeful change springs from a careful look at history.
Websites: judithaustinmills.wordpress.com and jaustinmills.info
Table of Contents
Truth in the Telling 11
In This Forgotten Spot 13
Chapter 1 Scattered Angels 15
Chapter 2 Long Lullaby 28
Chapter 3 Tendrils 43
Chapter 4 A Day of Reversals 54
Chapter 5 The Approach of Thunder 67
Chapter 6 What’s in a Name? 80
Chapter 7 Along Comes Chaos 99
Chapter 8 Farewell, Light Heart 116
Chapter 9 No Way But Forward 137
Chapter 10 The Shortest Dreams of Mercy 151
Chapter 11 Riding the Aftermath 155
The Hum of Elegies 163
Chapter 12 A Hard Path Home 165
Chapter 13 Long Shadows 182
Chapter 14 Remains of a Battalion 199
Chapter 15 Word of Mouth 217
Celestial Fire 233
Chapter 16 Past Meets Prologue—New Orleans, 1839 235
Chapter 17 To See What He Could See—Near Seguin, 1856 249
Chapter 18 Again at a Riverbank—Austin, Texas, 1869 268
Chapter 19 Blessing in a Bottle—Yucatan, 1726 286
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