The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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: 9780997796049
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Series: The Wyattsville Series , #4
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This was a great read.
JoAnjel More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 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 to last a lifetime . I do have one regret. I did not read the first three books in this series, however they are on my list. This book does give insight into how time consuming and futile holding onto and having regrets are. It is best to live peaceably with all men if we can help it. Bette brought the characters to life as though they were living right next door and I was able to visit them. I was able to vividly picture every word that was written for a satisfying journey into a lost era of people helping one another, having compassion for their fellow man/woman and unconditional love.
jaxlane More than 1 year ago
Another 5 star book by Bette Lee Crosby. I absolutely adore all of her characters and getting to go back to Wyattsville, was an awesome visit. Bette's southern flair with her writing is inspiration and touching. The characters come to life on the page for me. This is the story of Cyrus and Ruth. It all began with a pig. It is the story of two farmers and what they lost and found along their way. Sometimes a regret is nothing to hold onto and pride got in way for Cyrus. He fought with his neighbor, Virgil, who controlled the water that fed his farm. After an argument over a pig, things went from bad to worse with the two men. Along the way, Cyrus had to put his wife, Ruth, first and he moved on to a different life than he imagined. Finding his self worth along the way. This was truly a book that I never wanted to end. The words flew by and I found myself being disappointed that the book actually had to end. I was trying to savor the last few chapters. Looking forward to reading more works by Bette Lee Crosby. *Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars (can I give it more!!!)
saraphen More than 1 year ago
I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest & unbiased review. When I first read the title of the book, I expected Cyrus Dodd to be an old man, pondering the things that went wrong in his life. But it turns out Cyrus is a young man with some difficult and trying times in his life, beginning with a feud with Virgil Jackson over the ownership of a piglet. And on top of that Virgil's land had an underground spring that bubbled an endless stream fresh water, enough to feed the brooks running across three different farms, the Dodd farm included. The pig argument spiraled into Virgil's decision to dam up the water flowing to Cyrus' farm. Cyrus continues his struggle to keep his farm alive, without the needed water. He tries different crops on different section of the farm, but to no avail. He can't keep up the farm, and decides to give it up and move on to a different job, taking his loving wife, Ruth with him. As his life unfolds, and he has more and more regrets, the loss of the farm, moving to some other place, dragging his wife along with him, trying to keep her happy in spite of all of his regrets. When he assesses his life, regret is all he sees. He is a stubborn and prideful man. I enjoy Bette Lee Crosby's stories from the 20th century, stories of hardship and love; stories that tug at the heartstrings with characters I never forget.
Julie_I More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby has done it again! I loved this book! The story is about actions and their consequences - or regrets as Cyrus views them. It's also a love story, and a tale of the need for friendship. I came away from the story realizing that regrets are nothing but wasted energy. Thank you Bette Lee for bringing these characters to life for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book which came as no surprise. I absolutely love all of Bette Lee Crosby characters. You feel for them and feel like you know them personally. The book taught me that there is no room for regrets in life.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
'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.' The above is the first line of this book. Moving and intriguing, isn't it? After that,coupled with the title, how can you NOT want to read the rest of the story? Cyrus and his wife Ruth live a difficult and trying life, starting with a feud with neighbor Virgil Jackson over a piglet. The two men continue the feud to ridiculous lengths, and their families suffer from it as well. Cyrus and Ruth eventually are forced to leave their farm and move to Wyattsville, where Cyrus gets a job with the railroad, and he and Ruth find a dear friend who is there for the Dodd family the rest of her life. Cyrus has many regrets as the years pass, and those regrets often keep him from enjoying events in his life. He tends to live in the past and not concentrate on the present. Will the people of Wyattsville be able to help Cyrus realize how many blessings he still has, or will he live in the sadness and bitterness of regret forever? This book is very well written and full of emotion. It draws you into the lives of both the Dodd and Jackson families and each tragedy is heartbreaking. This is the first book I have read in this series, and I can't wait to go back and get to know more about the residents of Wyattsville. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
anaamelia More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and impartial review. I have read most of Bette's books - and she still amazes me whenever I read a new one. This one has me reflecting and thinking about how we view things and events in our life. A moving, deep account about a man and how he perceives life's challenges as "regrets". I am so touched and can relate so much - not because of my own views, but those of someone very close to me. The way Better's superbly developed characters each present their perspective is thought-provoking, and a call for reflection. Seeing the characters (old friends!) from the previous books on the series was like a family reunion :) If you haven't read Bette's books, start with this series. Every new book is my new favorite, but I tell you this one REALLY is!! Pick it up now, peoples!!!