“It’ll be ready in about forty-five minutes,“ he said, walking past her, and it sounded as if her were giving her a hint, implying that she figure this thing out by the time he put food on the table. And then he guessed that that was what he meant, but wished he hadn’t meant it, so he stepped back and kissed her on the cheek to soften what he’d said and how he’d said it, but he could see she knew all about that kiss, and barely raised her face to meet his lips.
-- The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed. I loved this book.
It is the story of June Byrne, who returns to her grandparents' home on the Oregon coast, in recovery and to recover from her broken marriage. She hires Jamison Winters to restore the bungalow, not knowing that his life is also a wreck. It's a beautiful story of grief and kindness and love.
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