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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  7 reviews
At the foot of the Continental Divide, rancher Frank Redmond struggles to maintain his land amidst the bleakness of Depression-era Montana. Married but childless, Frank's wondering if the long-term future of the ranch is worth the effort. For that matter, he's considering much the same about his wife Abby.

When a stray dog wanders onto the ranch, Frank's first impulse is to
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 5th 2015)
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Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, feel-good read - great for curling up on the couch on a rainy day. The character of Stranger, the dog, is so well-developed I found myself, once again, wishing for a dog of my own! The setting of the book (Montana in the 1930's) is well-crafted, and I enjoyed the descriptions of Frank's work as a stone carving artist. These descriptions were the most vivid - I felt like I could visualize what what happening with pencil and paper, wood and stone. I appreciated the various charact ...more
David Dobrinen
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that pulls you in to the lives of the characters while giving you a taste of what small ranch life was like in the mid 1930s in rural Montana. The tidbits of historical reference sprinkled through out gives the reader perspective of when the events are taking place. Definitely worth reading.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Story

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It’s a lovely story of survival during the difficult days in the Great Depression. It’s a story of pain, rejection, hurt, and redemption. My favorite character is Stranger, a large dog who appears and adopts a family living on a ranch in Montana. Stranger is an intelligent, loyal creature who plays a big part in the family’s healing. I laughed out loud at the dog’s occasional observations on life.
There is no foul language or sexual scenes. The book wa
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book captures what life was like for those early homesteaders. Life was hard but those who stuck with it left a legacy for future generations.

The first few chapters were kind of slow but I kept reading, because It was recommended by friends. The author of this book is from Montana. The story is set in Avon and Deer Lodge, Montana in the 30s. It is always nice to read books set in my home town. Like Kevin Giles book Summer of the Black Chevy. Another book I enjoyed.
Lisa Slater
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Troy Kechely is one of my new favorite authors! Reading his work makes me feel content to forget the rest of the world and simply embark on the adventure waiting in his books. Can’t wait for another!
marti Bara
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun read, especially if you are familiar with the area!

Good plot and characters. Liked how the author used each characters point of view. What kept it from a higher rating is the penchant for moving the story ahead weeks and months at a time, rather than staying consistently in the moment.
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Troy Kechely grew up on a ranch west of Helena, Montana, where he developed a strong connection to the land and the animals he tended. That connection is evident in his narrative writing and formed the foundation for his debut novel, Stranger’s Dance.

A nationally known dog behavior expert, he is the author of Management of Aggressive Canines for Law Enforcement, which teaches law enforcement offic

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