Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby ~ My Thoughts


The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: Wyattsville #4
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2016 by Bent Pine Publishing

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.

My thoughts about The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—'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.'

I just love the wisdom and insight in this first line. Like all of Bette's book, this one is packed full of beautiful lines and wise advice. I was lucky enough to get a chance to be an early reader of The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd and whenever I get my hands on one of Bette's books, I drop everything to read them. And as luck would have it, I had the day off from work that day, so I was able to devour, yet savor this lovely book.

This is book #4 in the Wyattsville series and I always love it when I get to go back to Wyattsville. All the wonderful people that I have come to know and love are there and I get to spend time with all of them again. In this story, we meet Cyrus and his wife, Ruth as they go through the trials and tribulations put before them. Cyrus lives with the regrets that he has and can't see all of the good in his life. As the two of them make their way to Wyattsville, will he finally be able to realize that he has to let go of those regrets to finally be happy?

'I regret all those years of thinking I had a bunch of regrets.'

Bette has done it again! She has written another wonderful, gentle story full of loveable characters. She writes such beautiful words and imparts so much wisdom in her stories, wisdom that we can all learn from. Thank you Bette, for another great trip back to Wyattsville!

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About the author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"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."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky characters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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