Bette brought the characters to life – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd
Angelina from Goodreads says:
I didn't know what to expect when I first opened this book The Regret of Cyrus Dodd. However when I read the first few lines I wanted to know more about this person who spoke these words,
…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…, which piqued my interest intensely.
The story surrounds Cyrus and his wife Ruth who live on a farm in a small town, Elk Bend, where everyone knows one another. Cyrus has a neighbor, Virgil Jackson, who is very competitive and hates to lose to anyone as with the first sour encounter between them over a piglet. From the anger and hatred that the two men harbored for one another a series of unfortunate events befell first Cyrus and then Virgil. After each event each man blamed the other and their anger and hatred grew out of control.
Losing two babies which caused Ruth to become despondent and depressed was the impetus behind Cyrus and Ruth leaving Elk Bend to begin life anew in Wyattsville. Though they made a new life for themselves, Cyrus could not help thinking about all they had lost and piling up regrets in his mind. Through it all Ruth loved and supported him, while raising a family in their new home. Eventually as life went on Cyrus came to realize that he had no regrets but he had plenty of rich memories stored up.
I regret that I did not read the first three books in this series, however they are on my list. Bette brought the characters to life as though they were living right next door. I was able to vividly picture every word that was written.