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The First Dance

(2011)
(Book 19 in the Skye's West series)
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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

Genre: Western

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Hardback Editions

July 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The First Dance: A Barnaby Skye Novel (Skye's West)
Author(s): Richard S Wheeler
ISBN: 0-7653-2202-1 / 978-0-7653-2202-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The First Dance: A Barnaby Skye Novel (Skye's West)
Author(s): Richard S Wheeler
ISBN: 0-7653-6174-4 / 978-0-7653-6174-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The First Dance: A Barnaby Skye Novel (Skye's West Book 19)
Author(s): Richard S Wheeler
Publisher: Forge Books
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