Thursday 14 July 2016

Book ~ "The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd" (2016) Bette Lee Crosby

From Goodreads ~ 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.

This is the story of two families in rural West Virgina ... the Dodds and the Jacksons.  It's 1930 and Cyrus Dodd and Virgil Jackson own neighbouring farms.  Due to an argument that got out of hand, Cyrus and Virgil stop speaking.  Virgil has the ability to ruin Cyrus and his farm and he does.  This forces Cyrus and his wife, Ruth, move away and start over.

Despite the good things that will happen for the Dodds, Cyrus still carries with him regrets, including the argument with Virgil and having to leave his farm.  Because of his bitterness and being an a-hole, Virgil's life hasn't turned out so happy.

This is the fifth book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  It ends in the late fifties or earlier sixties and is set in a simpler time.  It is the fourth in the Wyattsville series (I've read them all) ... they also work as stand alones.  It is written in third person perspective, though some chapters are in first person perspective ... they are short and italicized and the name of the person is at the beginning of these chapters so you know who the focus is.  This style works for me as it lets me get into their heads and know what they were thinking.

The majority of the characters are nice and caring ... like Cyrus, Ruth, Bethany (Virgil's wife) and others that Cyrus and Ruth meet later on.

I look forward to others in this series.

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