I’ve already got a list of regrets – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

July 1, 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’ve already got a list of regrets – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

Now I regret ever thinking such a thing. The truth is Prudence gave me the best of Ruth. She gave me back the happy life-loving woman I married, and I owe her for that. If it wasn’t for her, Ruth might never have made it through those last few months of carrying Joy.

I should have told Prudence these things when I had a chance. Now it’s too late. She’s gone, and all I can do is regret that I didn’t tell her.

I’ve already got a list of regrets as long as my arm. I regret I didn’t let Virgil Jackson take that damn pig, I regret putting poor Ruth through those years of misery and I sure as hell regret having to bury two of our babies. The thing about regrets is that no matter how many you’ve got, you just keep adding more. You might think that once a person understands the heartache a regret brings they’d be careful about adding more of them, but that’s not possible.

The problem is you never know exactly what it is you’re going to regret until it’s too late to change what you’ve already done.

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