Sunday, January 29, 2017

Always by Sarah Jio ~ My Thoughts



Always: A Novel by Sarah Jio
Print and e-book, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by 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.

My thoughts about Always ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"'Oh no, why do I always do that?' I say to my fiancé, Ryan, as we walked into the restaurant."

I am a huge fan of Sarah Jio and I've read all of her books ever since the very first one was published. I look forward to each of her stories and I know that I'm going to be in for a treat when I start one of her books.

Always is a wonderful story that takes the reader on an adventure as Kailey discovers the 'love of her life', who had been missing for years, now living on the street. She thinks she is happy with Ryan, her fiancé but she can't seem to forget Cade. In this back and forth between the present to the past, we learn about the relationship she had with Cade. Is he ever going to be the same man he was or is she going to have to try to live without him again?  

Sarah's books are always an escape for me. She writes such beautiful love stories with amazing characters and this one was exactly that. I was totally immersed in Always and I didn't want to put it down.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.


About the author 

Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March. The Bungalow, Blackberry Winter, The Last Camellia, Morning Glory, Goodnight June, The Look of Love--all from Penguin (Plume), and Always, forthcoming on February 7, 2017 from Random House (Ballantine).

Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her novels are translated into more than 25 languages. Sarah lives in Seattle with her three young boys.

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent review! Makes me want to read it even more than I already did! Sounds so amazing


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