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

June 24, 2016 #fridayfiction 0

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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..."


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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.

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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.

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