A story that tugs at the heart strings – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

June 13, 2016 Book Reviewer Salute 0

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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Series: Wyattsville Series, Book 4
Genre: Literary Fiction
ISBN: 9780996921442
“I have heard it said that a man who cries is spineless, a weakling not worthy of his salt, but this I can tell you, a man who has never shed a tear has not yet learned to love..."
About the Book

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Revenge, death, deception… These are the things Cyrus Dodd has to overcome if he is to give Ruth the life he’s promised her. The problem is he’s got a prideful nature and when a seemingly innocuous argument leads to a bitter feud with his neighbor, his life changes forever. The plans he has falls by the wayside and before he finds a way to fix it, he comes to understand the meaning of regret.
In this early twentieth century family saga, two men come up against each other—both are iron-willed and stubborn. One will lose his farm; the other will lose his family. In a tale of betrayal, murder and revenge two West Virginia farmers will discover that being right does not necessarily mean being happy.
Believing he has lost everything Cyrus Dodd is forced to start over. He promises Ruth that this time it will be better, but the truth is he doesn’t know if it’s a promise he can keep.

About the Author
Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction--the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."

Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and Reviewer's Choice Award and Reader's View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.

Her published works to date are: Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011), and Life in the Land of IS (2012). Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.

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A story that tugs at the heart strings – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

Sarah from Goodreads says:

When I first read the title of the book, I expected Cyrus Dodd to be an old man, pondering the things that went wrong in his life. But it turns out Cyrus is a young man with some difficult and trying times in his life, beginning with a feud with Virgil Jackson over the ownership of a piglet. And on top of that Virgil’s land had an underground spring that bubbled an endless stream fresh water, enough to feed the brooks running across three different farms, the Dodd farm included. The pig argument spiraled into Virgil’s decision to dam up the water flowing to Cyrus’ farm.

Cyrus continues his struggle to keep his farm alive, without the needed water. He tries different crops on different section of the farm, but to no avail. He can’t keep up the farm, and decides to give it up and move on to a different job, taking his loving wife, Ruth with him. As his life unfolds, and he has more and more regrets, the loss of the farm, moving to some other place, dragging his wife along with him, trying to keep her happy in spite of all of his regrets. When he assesses his life, regret his all he sees. He is a stubborn and prideful man.

I enjoy Bette Lee Crosby’s stories from the 20th century, stories of hardship and love; stories that tug at the heartstrings with characters I never forget.

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