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The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

Book 4, The Wyattsville Series - A Wyattsville Novel, Book 4

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"Regret is what stands in the way of happiness," she said then turned and walked away...

From award-winning USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY, comes an early twentieth century family saga of two Southern men who come up against one another. Both are prideful, iron-willed and stubborn. One will lose his farm, the other will lose his family. In a tale that delves into the heart of a small town West Virginia community two men discover that being right is not the same as being happy.

Believing he has lost everything, Cyrus Dodd has no choice but to start over. He and wife Ruth leave their farm and travel to Wyattsville. As they settle down to a life far different than what he'd planned, Cyrus is forced to deal with one challenge after another, and the regrets trail behind him like a row of ducklings.

He told Ruth they were leaving trouble behind and swore this time it would be better; but now he's wondering if that's a promise he can keep.

Readers View says, "An engrossing story of ordinary people...a tale richly told."

Indie Book Awards, Historical Fiction Finalist

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The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

A wonderful book that will make you smile at times and cry at others over life's misfortune. We often dwell too much on our past and things we regret doing and this book brings all of that to light. I think after reading this I am going to enjoy what I have now a little more.

Another great story

As with all of Bette's books, I was drawn in the first few pages. Cyrus Dodd is a farmer who depends on his, not so nice neighbor, for water. Virgil is a braggart and takes something Cyrus says as derogatory about his pig. He steals Cyrus's pig, Cyrus steals it back, and so begins Cyrus's run old misfortune. Virgil stops the water from running into Cyrus' land, his ability to grow crops for food and to take to market diminishes. Ruth, his wife, loses a couple of babies, and with the last loss, depression set in. Cyrus hears of railroad jobs, and tells Ruth they are moving. She is happy, and so begins his life of regrets...they meet wonderful people, he gets a job, moves up in the railroad, but he is still full of regrets...Ruth, always felt they were not regrets, but life lessons...this story keeps your interest, and without realizing it, you are learning yet another life lesson...this story has so much more, but you need to read it, to get the full effect...

Are Regrets Worth It.....

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.

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The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family
  • Published: Jun 15, 2016
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
  • Seller: Bent Pine Publishing
  • Print Length: 260 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, The Wyattsville Series
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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