Author: Sarah Jio
Publisher: Ballantine Books
From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember.
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.
I really like the writing style. I like how the story starts in present day. After Kailey finds Cade on the street, then it goes back and forth between present and past time when they were dating. The love story is sweet, you can tell how much Kailey loves Cade. Most readers can probably guess the ending, but to the find out what happened to Cade is the good part. However, there still are a few unanswered questions at the end.
I do not like to give money to the homeless. We do not know the reasons why they become homeless, it would be because of laziness or drug related problems. Buying food for them instead of giving them money is probably a better idea than just give them the money.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free ARC from LibraryThing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.