Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Beginning: The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed




It was nearly noon on the Oregon coast, the day already hot, when June Byrne shook out her fathers old camp blanket on the backyard lawn, removed her T-shirt, and lay with bare breasts to the sun.

-- The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed. I like this woman already! She knows how to make the most of a rare hot day at the Oregon coast.

The Days When Birds Come Back is Deborah Reed's fourth novel and it's getting a lot of good buzz, including that Apple's iBooks named it one of "Winter's Most Anticipated Books."

Deborah will be reading from and signing The Days When Birds Come Back on January 9, 2018, at Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland at 7:30 pm. Click here for more details or to pre-order a signed copy.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I appreciate a book that has a richly-drawn setting. I'm going to look for it.

    Mine also has a bird in the title, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

  2. Oh, I was going to add that I wish I lived closer to Powell's. What a wonderful bookstore.

  3. I like the look of this one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like the idea of being a hot day,...which it isn't here. Brrr.

  5. I love that cover and title! And the opening drew me in right away too. I will have to look for this one. I hope you are enjoying it!

  6. I like the cover and am loving the idea of a hot day! Good beginning.

  7. This sounds like a good one. Have a great weekend!

  8. What a beautiful cover.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I haven't heard of this one before but the idea of a sunny beach in Oregon sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy your book. Happy reading.

  10. I have been on the Oregon Coast on one of those rare hot days and wish I could have taken off my shirt, too.

    I am read nonfiction this week: Dreaming the Beatles

  11. Oh this looks good! I love the cover and the voice of the beginning. I can almost feel the sun!


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