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Always: A Novel

Always: A Novel - Sarah Jio

A special thank you to NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kailey Crane seems to have it all: a great job as a writer for the Herald, and a wonderful fiancé who looks like a Disney prince and is seemingly perfect. After enjoying a romantic dinner at one of Seattle's contemporary downtown restaurants, Kailey offers her leftovers to a homeless man and is stunned when she recognizes him. He is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

The story alternates from present day to ten years earlier to explore Kailey and Cade's relationship. Their initial attraction was undeniable and intense. Kailey is swept up in their connection and is left heartbroken when the relationship suddenly ends and Cade disappears from her life. Present day Cade is a broken-down version of his former self—he may look similar, but he has suffered a brain injury. Is the man that Kailey once loved still in there? How did he go from being famous in the music industry to homeless?

Kailey takes on Cade's care and keeps it from her fiancé. She is desperate to piece together what has happened to him and in doing so, awakens her unresolved feelings and puts her into a compromising position where she must decide which man she will continue to love.

A fast read, enjoyable, but terribly predictable and there is a gaping plot hole—who prevented Cade from getting the medical care he needed and signed him out of the hospital? Would nobody really be looking for him? He was after all a famous producer and co-owned a record label. If you are a fan of this genre, you would definitely enjoy the book.