I promised to make it better – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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I promised to make it better – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

When I came to this land I believed it was where I would spend the rest of my days. Even before Ruth and I were married I could imagine us raising a family—sons, who would one day work the land beside me, and daughters to keep their mama company. I figured once our kids were grown up and ready to get married we’d finish clearing the North Field and build another house or two over there.

Because of Virgil Jackson, those dreams are gone. There is little we can look forward to other than an uncertain future.

It pains me not to see him pay for what he’s done, but there is nothing more I can do—not without causing Ruth more pain than she has already endured.

As sorry as I feel for myself, I feel even sorrier for her. I know she’s afraid of staying and equally as frightened of going. Just as this land is a part of me, this house is a part of her. Selling off these things piece by piece is like cutting away chunks of her heart.

I promised to make it better, but only God knows whether or not that’s promise I’ll be able to keep.

The one thing I do know is that I’ll never stop trying. With all Ruth has gone through she deserves at least that.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "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." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her 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. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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