Review: Always by Sarah Jio

Always by Sarah Jio

Always sucked me in right away. Kailey was fiercely in love in her 20s, but then Cade disappeared without explanation. Ten years later she has finally moved on. She is engaged to Ryan, but when she sees Cade, a homeless man now, outside of a restaurant one night, her whole world is turned upside down. This book alternates between the past, the music scene in Seattle in 1996, and the present, Seattle in 2008. The reader sees Kailey and Cade fall in love, and she watches Kailey try to help Cade in the present while keeping her relationship with Ryan going.

I’d never read Sarah Jio before, but I loved her writing. Both time periods are told in Kailey’s voice, and I grew attached to her right away. I enjoyed being inside her head and reading of her struggles in the past and present. I also enjoyed how Jio tackled a difficult topic, homelessness, with this story. Kailey has a big heart, and it came out in her work (as a writer for the Herald) and in her actions with Cade, Ryan, and her best friend, Tracy.

This story is about the lasting affects of first love. I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen, and there’s even some suspense once Kailey starts investigating what happened to Cade to cause him to end up homeless. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I blew through it in a couple of days. My only complaint, other than some occasional cheesiness, was that this book wasn’t longer. I wasn’t ready to let Kailey’s story go when I reached the end.

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

Sarah Jio
Ballantine Books
February 7, 2017

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.
When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt" right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.
Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.

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    1. It’s very similar to One True Loves, so I think you’ll really enjoy it. It did feel a little short, but I don’t usually mind that. It helps me get through more books. 🙂

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