The First Dance by Richard S. Wheeler

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The First Dance takes beloved mountain man Barnaby Skye's family to its third generation in North America.



Miles City, Montana. 1885. Barnaby Skye's mixed-blood son, Dirk, has just married a beautiful Metis girl, Therese. But Dirk's position as a civilian translator for the U.S. army threatens to shatter their union.



Montana ranchers wrestling with livestock theft and the incursion of settlers into their range have persuaded the army to send the Metis people back to Canada. The military enlists Dirk to translate between the two sides in the brutal campaign.



Unable to reconcile her love for Dirk with the pain he is inflicting on her people, Therese flees on their wedding night. Heartbroken, Dirk rides off with the army.



Therese has a powerful vision. She is inspired to build a church that will be a gathering place for her people and a symbol of their resistance to deportation.



The suffering refugees--driven into the wilderness by Yankee soldiers and cruel ranch vigilante gangs--find a friend in Dirk and an inspiration in Therese. In their common cause, the lovers are reunited



 

About Richard S. Wheeler

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RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of over fifty novels of the American West. He holds five Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to the literature of the West. He lives in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone Park, and is married to Sue Hart, an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Forge Books. 350 pages
Genres: Westerns, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though series anchor Barnaby Skye dropped dead a couple of books ago, the Sky's West series lives on as it chronicles the life of Barnaby's son, Dirk, a mixed-blood school teacher and civilian transla

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