Regrets of Cyrus Dodd: Family Saga (A Wyattsville Novel Book 4)

Regrets of Cyrus Dodd: Family Saga (A Wyattsville Novel Book 4)

by Bette Lee Crosby


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THE REGRETS OF CYRUS DODD...The Wyattsville Series, Book 4

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996921442
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Bette Lee Crosby
USA Bestselling Author

USA Today Bestselling Author 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.

"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Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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 then, she has gone on to win another twenty four literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer's Choice Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader's Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee's Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015), Memory House (2015), The Loft (2015), What the Heart Remembers (2015), and Baby Girl (2016). She also authored "Life in the Land of IS" a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.

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Regrets of Cyrus Dodd: Family Saga (A Wyattsville Novel Book 4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby is a wonderful tale of life and regret. Cyrus Dodd promised Ruth that he would give her a life she would love. The trouble is, he has a lot of pride and we all know that pride comes before a fall. What started out as a minor argument with his neighbor turns to a bitterness that changes both their lives forever. His plans are not coming to fruition and, before he can fix things, he learns what regret truly means. One man will lose his family and one man will lose his livelihood. Betrayal, murder, revenge, and regret teach two men that being right isn’t always the path to happiness. Cyrus must start over, but he doesn’t know if he can give Ruth the life she deserves, and he doesn’t know if he can go through life without any regrets. The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby had me hooked from page one and I never put the book down until I had finished it. This is a wonderful story, sad yet happy, with a lot of lessons for people to learn, lessons about regret and why we shouldn’t let it rule our lives. This is the fourth book in a series and I must admit I never read the first three – I will be now though. Although the same characters run through the stories, I feel that this was easily read as a standalone rather than as part of a series. There was nothing left to the imagination, the characters were developed incredibly well and the story runs along at a fast but even pace. Absolutely loved it, my only regret is that it had to end! I will definitely be looking for the rest of the series.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by David K. McDonnell for Reader Views (01/17) “The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd” by Bette Lee Crosby chronicles a West Virginia farm family, from their days on the farm, to their life in a small Virginia town, to their later life as retired, empty-nesters. But, the book is far from a dry, fictional biography of ordinary people in an ordinary life, for the travails faced by the family and their reactions to them are like those of almost every reader. It is quite easy to empathize with the characters, especially since their story is so richly told. The book’s opening paragraph is a wonderful lead-in to the story and perfectly illustrates Crosby’s style of writing: “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.” Cyrus Dodd’s “regrets” are not so much regrets over wrong decisions made over the course of a lifetime, but unplanned and unwanted circumstances and events, which sometimes fortuitously occurred over that lifetime. Some of these are indeed tragic and thus worthy of both regret and sorrow. But others, as Cyrus said: “At long last I have come to realize the things I once counted as regrets were indeed blessings that I was too blind to see.” Like in Crosby’s Wyattsville series of books, the story is generally told in the third person, with several short chapters told in the first person – by Cyrus and other lead characters. This puts the reader into the thoughts of the characters in a way that dialogue and description often cannot. One gets to know the characters in a deeply personal way. The strong attachment of a farmer to his land, the consuming force of revenge and hate, the excruciating pain caused by the loss of a loved one, the quiet contentment of a strong marriage (and the overbearing bleakness of a bad one), and the power of friendship and family to overcome adversity, are each themes of the story. These themes are presented in a way that is almost, but not quite, melodramatic, or even sappy. But, the power of the writing and the attachment to the characters keep the story within fictional reality and allows the themes to be emotionally felt by the reader. “The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd” by Bette Lee Crosby is, indeed, an engrossing story of ordinary people.
CContino More than 1 year ago
“At long last I have come to realize the things I once counted as regrets were indeed blessings that I was too blind to see.” I received this book in return for my review. Cyrus starts telling his story and how he and his neighbor Virgil were not exactly friends but then something happens and neither one of them will give an inch and there is a full on feud. Everything happens for a reason in life and I was seeing that in this book as well. I will not give away the plot else it would spoil it for everyone else. I did like seeing some old characters from Wyattsville from earlier books. I felt like they were old friends. The story shows how one family overcomes major and minor issues and how people can be so nice. The other family not so much and that was tragic.
rdespins More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful book by Bette Lee Crosby. From the first page I was hooked. The characters and the plot are well-developed, and it is a tough call to say which part of the story I liked the most! I would give this book a thousand stars if I could.
bella79954 More than 1 year ago
This book is part of a series but worked very well for me as a stand alone book as I have not read the other books in this series. The book begins with an Older Cyrus Dodd looking back on his life and his many regrets. His main regret stems from a fight/pissing contest he had with his neighbor Virgil. Both men had Sow's that had piglets, one's pig gave birth to more, etc. One night during a storm the piglets get out and thus begins the battle between the two men. Where jealousy, pride, saving face and being right get in the way of reason for the two men. Unfortunately for Cyrus, Virgil controlled the water to his land and in a dispute, Cyrus lost his ability to water his crops. Cyrus and his wife Ruth suffer many hardships before leaving town and starting over. Virgil and his wife stay and their hardships continue. Although, the book is mainly about Cyrus Dodd and his family, we also get to see the effects of the argument on Virgil's family as well. The book is about Cyrus but the wives were my favorite characters in this book. I especially liked how Ruth was the voice of reason for Cyrus and helped him to see how his pride often got in the way of his happiness. I like how each chapter began with a character's thoughts. Through these thoughts we get to learn more about the characters and their relationships with other. I thought this was a very nice touch. I also like how the Author showed how both families were affected by the men's pride. How a series of actions can have life changing repercussions. The book was a very fast read for me. Overall, the book was heartwarming although it does have moments of great sadness. There are some life lessons thrown in there with some Southern Charm. Engaging characters, characters that felt real, characters you wanted to shake, characters you root for,etc.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Bent Pine Publishing for allowing me to review The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby. **All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd from NetGalley via Bent Pine Publishing as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review** Now onto my review: This book is a great book about what happens after you’re hit with blow after blow in life and you just don’t give up. It had a very positive message woven throughout it. It also shows what happens when you have everything but you lose the most important thing….family. This is was an easy read and would be perfect for the beach or pool. You can put it down and not lose your page or your way with the plot. After a tense couple of first chapters, the book evens out and is smooth sailing to the end. I will tell you that I didn’t like the chapters that were started the Cyrus’s musing or Ruth or even Bethany’s. It just struck me as odd and really didn’t need to be there. You got enough from the actual story than to read that. For me, that took away from the story. This is a book 4 in a series but it can be read as a standalone book. No reference to previous books at all. None, zero. If this didn’t have a #4 after it, I wouldn’t have known it was part of the series. How many stars will I give The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd? 3 Why? While a beautifully written historical fiction book, it didn’t keep my attention. The lack of detail to some characters (mainly Jeremy and what happened to him after he killed Cooper) led me to almost put the book down and not finish it. But, after those chapters (like I stated above), the story panned out and became a wonderful story. Will I reread it? Maybe Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes. Like I said, this would make a great pool or beach book. Age range? Adult Why? Marital rape, spousal abuse, child abuse and a murder. Nothing that went into great detail.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This book should resonate with just about everyone. It’s a tale of one man’s regrets and how that affected him and all those around him. Cyrus sits on the porch and remembers the Depression years. He was newly married to his beautiful bride, Ruth. He wanted so much to give Ruth everything. But then came the feud with the neighbor. Two proud men, each stubborn and headstrong. One man will lose his family. One man will lose his home. Neither man will apologize. It’s only years later that the repercussions of that event is truly felt. This is the 4th book featuring the small town of Wyattsville and its residents. The characters are finely crafted. Ruth is a wonderful, wise woman. Cyrus is a better man because of her. He promised Ruth a bright future …. Was he able to keep his promise? This book is what I call a quiet book. As I was reading, I was reflecting on my own life, thinking about how choosing this path or that path can change everything. What if ….. ? I rarely say this .. but this is a book worth a second or even a third read. This author has a lovely way of writing that reached in and grabbed me from the start. Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The battle of wills between Cyrus Dodd and Virgil Jackson started out as a minor skirmish over pigs. Both men were prideful and stubborn. Neither would walk away. Who knew that it would propel both of them down a path that would ultimately change their lives and that of their families. The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd is heartbreaking and yet uplifting. Bette Lee Crosby had me in tears. She showed how revenge and hate destroy everything that they touch and that life can be hard and hurtful but hanging onto the past and never embracing the future is not the answer. The characters tugged at my heart and I felt their pain and their joy. The author skillfully crafted a story that had such emotional intensity that it left me exhausted. This is the best book that I've read this year. Thank you Bette Lee Crosby! I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Injoy-Life More than 1 year ago
The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd: The Wyattsville Series (Wyattsville #4) by Bette Lee Crosby is a poignant story of a man's life & how he learned to live with regrets. I gave it five stars. The Dodd family will live in my memory for a long time. I felt as if I were with them as they encountered life changing events. The characters were well written. This author has a special talent for making them come alive on the page. "Ruth gave me a reason to put one foot in front of the other & move forward into an uncertain future. When I could no longer see the road before me she trusted in me, & that trust forced me to stand taller....I have come to realize the things I once counted as regrets were indeed blessings that I was too blind to see." I received a complimentary e-copy from Bent Pine Publishing & NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
MareFlare More than 1 year ago
“In the hills of West Virginia, a feud is not easily forgotten. Regardless of how well intentioned a man is, once hatred settles in his heart, it remains there one remembers how the feud began, but...the hatred is there and that’s all that matters.” In The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd, the reader is immediately thrust into a feud between Cyrus Dodd and Virgil Jackson. There is not a lot of time wasted on introductions, back story, or descriptions. We are given front row seats to the action right off the bat. The book read like I was being told a story instead of reading one, but being taught a lesson, like I was reading a non-fiction book. I was immersed in the story and became angry at the injustices right alongside Cyrus Dodd. Then I’d stop to consider my own regrets. Bette Lee Crosby does a beautiful job of weaving a message of regret into a story of personal battles that eventually lead to personal peace. Because I was so drawn in to the story, I briefly considered these lessons for myself, while not being pulled out of the story--an expertly executed writing technique. For a good part of the book, I wondered how it related to the rest of the Wyattsville series--and not reading them in quick succession, I had forgotten a lot. But I was delighted to eventually see old friends like Olivia Doyle and Ethan Allen (from Book 1) and visit the Wyattsville Arms apartment building. My only regret is that I wish more people knew about Bette Lee Crosby’s books. She is a master storyteller.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd is the fourth installment from the Wyattsville series. I enjoyed this book. It is full of emotion that made me grab the tissues. But yet there is a heartwarming feel to it, as well. I loved Cyrus and Ruth in this book. What a wonderful story. 5 plus stars.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written heartfelt story about the price we pay for our actions. Regrets we carry with us can prevent us from enjoying life and happiness. Good wins easily over evil. Love conquers hate. This is the best book I've read written by Bette Lee Cosby so far. Awaiting time to read her others.