Sunday, January 8, 2017

Always by Sarah Jio

Always
by Sarah Jio

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 7, 2017)
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

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.

 
Always by Sarah Jio

AlwaysHe was her first love, her soulmate and they shared what most people can only dream of and then he was gone. Just gone, no word, nothing and she was crushed. Ten years have passed and time has changed Kailey, she is now a successful journalist, engaged to a wealthy man who is kind, supportive and simply amazing. In the back of her mind and her heart, she has never gotten over Cade, so when she swears she saw him while out with Ryan, she knew she couldn’t rest until she knew for sure that the broken homeless man really could be her larger than life Cade.

He is a mere shadow of his former self, gaunt, grimy and acting as if he were in a haze, no memory of who she is, let alone who he once was. Now Kailey must find out what happened a decade ago and who was responsible, all without letting Ryan know. When the horrors of the last time Cade was “Cade” come to life, the finger points at the one person who would benefit most from Cade’s millions. Is he guilty?

ALWAYS by Sarah Jio is a tale of love, loss and remembering. It is a tale of choices, healing and soul deep commitment and the super-human strength of love at its very core. Told through flashbacks, the mystery of Cade’s disappearance and his loss of memory come to light as the modern day Cade also begins to remember who he was and who his heart belonged to. What of Ryan? Kailey is caught between two lovers, but when push comes to shove, her heart knows where she wants to be, no matter what. Soulful, dramatic, and sometimes difficult to read as this tale unfolds, it is a well-written romance that will leave one wondering, what if?

I received a ARC edition from Balantine Books in exchange for my honest review.

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