The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

The Regrets of Cyrus DoddThe Regrets of Cyrus Dodd (Wyattsville, #4) by Bette Lee Crosby
Published by Bent Pine Publishing on June 15th 2016
Pages: 244
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Received from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

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.


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