by Sarah Jio


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A gripping novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember, from the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March

Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a journalist and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As she and Ryan 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.

Praise for Always

“[Sarah] Jio’s novel is a fantastic read that explores the world of lost love in a poignant and beautiful way, while still being light and easy to digest. The protagonist is one whom readers can relate to. . . . Jio’s tale also beautifully blends stories from both the past and the present. . . . It’s a great read and comes with high recommendations.”RT Book Reviews 

“Jio’s newest novel explores intersections of past and present and the complexities of love. . . . [Kailey] must confront her own past as she tries to figure out what she really wants. . . . Fans of Jio’s work will still find her signature emotional depth.”Publishers Weekly

“A heartwarming story of personal growth and the power of nostalgia . . . Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emily Giffin should enjoy this warm and compassionate novel.”Booklist

“Perfect for fireside reading.”PopSugar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101885048
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 130,613
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels. She is also a longtime journalist who has contributed to Glamour, The New York Times, Redbook, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Self, and many other outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition, appearing as a commentator. Jio lives in Seattle with her three young boys.

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Always 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Just an okay book. I enjoyed the story but felt it could have had a bit more depth to both the story itself and the characters. I have read other books by Sarah Jio and was disappointed a bit with this book.
Sjcork 11 months ago
Excellent book, loved this book. An easy read, would be a great book to read on the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About the woman that sees a homeless man and realizes its here old boyfriend whi had dissapeared
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tc3von More than 1 year ago
I loved the Seattle setting in the 90's, the music scene, coffee houses. I wish I grew up in Seattle in the 90's. The mystery of the homeless ex-boyfriend was intriguing. But I fell in love with the fiance, not the lost boyfriend. Which as you can imagine made me not like the main characters for very long. I was rooting for the wrong person. Why is he so lovable if you want me to love Cade? The mystery of what happened to Cade definitely kept me reading. I enjoyed this story. I would describe this one as a mushy love story that I got wrong. First sentence: "Oh no, why do I always do that?" I say to my fiance, Ryan, as we walk into the restaurant. Last sentence: Toujours. (Always)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book dragged on and on- it was boring and very predictable. Do not recommend
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
This book touched me on so many levels. It is an emotional read and hard to put it down. The story alternates between the past and the present telling the story of Kailey Crain, her first love Cade McAllister, who went missing ten years ago, and her present day fiancé Ryan. While dining out with Ryan, Kailey sees a homeless man who she recognizes as Cade. How could someone who was once a millionaire and the president of Element Records, become homeless and living on the streets of Seattle? It is a mystery Kailey is determined to find out and is willing to jeopardize her relationship with Ryan to do so. But how far will she go and how much will Ryan put up with before it starts to affect their relationship? I really enjoyed this story. Of course reuniting with a lost love was my favorite part, but there was also the mystery of what happened to Cade to cause him to become homeless and why he couldn’t remember anything. The story touched a soft spot for me being close to someone who had a relative who was once a millionaire and ended up homeless. This is one of those books that will stay with you a long time after reading it. It will leave you wondering how you would react if your one true love suddenly came back into your life. My favorite quote from the book: What do we, or anyone, know of tomorrow? If I've learned anything, it's that not only may tomorrow never come, but worse, that when the sun rises, the person that holds your heart may vanish, taking a piece of you with him.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Always” is a sweet romance of love lost and found. I enjoyed the story but found it lacked the depth of Sarah Jio’s previous books. It’s still very much worth the read if you’re a fan. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Glos_take More than 1 year ago
Always opens with Kailey and her fiancé Ryan beginning a special date night at an exclusive restaurant. Ryan is Kailey's second great love . Her first, dropped out of sight suddenly and with no explanation. This disappointment bruised her heart, but she has forged on and is ready to marry a man that values her above almost everything. Always is a gripping story, rich with twists and turmoils, love, loss and drug abuse. Take this trip with Kailey...and see if love really does conquer all.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
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.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
Boring read. I quit reading after three chapters. This was slow and has no character development and a weak plot.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Always is the latest novel by Sarah Jio. Kailey Crain is a journalist with the Herald in Seattle, Washington in 2008. Kailey and her fiancé, Ryan are leaving a restaurant when she spots a homeless man outside. Kailey walks over to give him her leftovers, and discovers it is Cade McAllister. Cade and Kailey were very much in love and she had just discovered she was pregnant when he disappeared. Kailey has not heard from him since early August of 1998. Cade had co-owned Element Records with his best friend, James. Cade’s Aunt Fay had lent them the money to start the company. But, the business relationship between Cade and James started to deteriorate rapidly when James wanted to take the company in a different direction. Kailey is shocked to find Cade in such a state. She slowly wins his trust and gets him to a doctor. It turns out that Cade suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) which has left him in a state of confusion (has Swiss cheese memory). The doctor recommends a new program for Cade that will help him recover and get back the skills he has lost. Over time, he might regain his memory. Cade re-entering her life creates a dilemma for Kailey. She thought she had moved on from Cade, but seeing him has brought all the feelings back to the surface. Kailey, though, is also in love with Ryan. Kailey needs to make a choice. Which man has captured Kailey’s heart? I look forward to Sarah Jio’s new book every year. But I did find Always to be a disappointment. I found Always to be a cliché romance novel. It is nicely written and had a good pace (for the most part). The story is somewhat intriguing (especially in the beginning), but then it turns into a predictable romance novel. There are some interesting music references in the book based on Cade’s love of music. I did find the characters to be a little flat (one-dimensional). I give Always 3 out of 5 stars (there are readers who will enjoy it). It is easy to figure out what happened to Cade in 1998. I was a little disappointed that Ms. Jio finishes the book with unanswered questions. The reader never finds out how Cade survived the ten years on the street especially with his injuries. There are areas that will have you shouting at Kailey. Cade just enters the program and Kailey is the only person he knows. He counts on her to visit him. But, Kailey goes on a vacation to Cabo with Ryan. Is this the best time for a romantic trip to Mexico? Does she really think Cade will handle not seeing her? Another moment that was odd (and had me shaking my head with disbelief) is when Kailey finally tracks down Cade (not the first night she sees him outside the restaurant). Instead of taking him somewhere to get immediate assistance, she takes off to visit James. If you had been hunting for this man, would you just leave him again? Kailey had no idea if she would be able to locate him once again. I wish less time had been devoted to Kailey thinking about Cade (how he looked, his charm, etc.). It reminded me of the Harlequin romance novels I read as a teenager. Always was not up to Sarah Jio’s normal standards (like The Violets of March or Blackberry Winter). I will, of course, order Ms. Jio’s next book. Always could have been an off novel for her.
rachelcherise28 More than 1 year ago
You will never go wrong with a book by Sarah Jio. I have enjoyed reading all her novels and this one, while written in a different style than her previous books, did not disappoint.
elbell More than 1 year ago
Cannot believe that this was written by Sarah Jio. This is very trite, predictable, and a bit boring. I slugged my way through it. What a waste of money.
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
Oh my God, this is an immediate five stars of a rating for this book. I can't even begin to wonder at the ratings that aren't fives, because this is one of the most emotional reads I've gotten through this year, if not the past couple of months. The writing was simple but so sweet, and the roller coaster of drama and feels was crazy. I went from finding it nice and easy, to complicated, to irritating at one point, and then suspenseful, and then I pretty much just cried the rest of the way. I thought I had the plot pinned down, but at some point, maybe a little more than half way through the book, I started to have doubts about who she'd end up with: the man she once loved or the one she was sure of. Lots of drama definitely had me frowning or crying or lying about just wondering what I'd do in certain situations (I've concluded that I'd just fall and cry) and like, damn. I've never read a book that dealt with homelessness before, so you can imagine how impacting it was for me as a new topic introduced into my life. It was really heartbreaking just thinking about someone I love out and alone like that for so many years. I tried not to concentrate on any of those things too much, and focus more on the love that life threw back at her, and even that was another heart-wrenching thing. How do you choose between the guy you used to dedicate your heart and soul to, and the guy that dedicated his own when you were at your lowest? Overall, I think this is a must read. The writing had me reading the whole thing in a matter of hours, if not less. I'm an urban fantasy reader. I don't do these kinds of books, but I took a chance, and I am so glad I did. I can't imagine finding another book that could impact me more than this did. I feel like you'd be missing out if you didn't give this a chance. *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley*
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
Always by Sarah Jio is a very emotional book, the story will pull at your heartstrings. I can't imagine being put in Kailey's position. To lose the love of your life suddenly, without any warning, and then to find him many years later as a homeless man. How to deal with Cade while still being with her kind and caring future husband, Ryan, would be such a difficult situation to be in. It's amazing how understanding Ryan is of the increasingly more time Kailey spends helping Cade. I don't want to give anything away, but you'll feel for everyone involved, especially Kailey and the heart wrenching decisions she has to make regarding the rest of her life. I really enjoyed this book, it drew me in and I looked forward to reading it during all of my free moments.
chillandreadblog More than 1 year ago
Review can also be found in Kailey Crain is an accomplished journalist, writing for the Herald. A true humanitarian, a kind person, living in Seattle with her fiance Ryan. They are in the process of planning their wedding, which can be a really tense one, especially when at the same time the two of them are on a conflict of interest, because of the new development construction Ryan’s company is working on, and a shelter for people in need that Kailey supports. On the night the two of them are enjoying a romantic dinner, trying to keep away all that could possibly affect them, Kailey finds the long lost love of her life, living in the streets. A homeless thin person that does not even recognizes her. After that encounter, Kailey has the need to know what happened almost a decade ago, when Cade had suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth and her life eventually. “Always”, the new book from Sarah Jio, coming on February 7th, is definitely a page turner! It is one of the books that will make the reader want for more as the story evolves. She has done an excellent job on the characters. They are well structured, even a little in the fantasy sphere, as most readers would not expect to find a forgiving person or a giving one, or even great love is out of the question nowadays for many… However, they characters do stick to their form, revealing their greatness throughout the book. The themes expressed here are many and of much use for introspection. On one hand, there is the theme of one true love. The one that actually exists out there for all of us. Then there is what we would do for our true love. Would we sacrifice everything? Our current life is in order; would we threw all this away just to follow love again? Another theme is humanism. Our actions for the greater good, that of others, whether we know them or not. True selfless actions to help others in need. To support people who are less fortunate than us. You don’t have to be on a non profit organization wandering all over world in pursue of people in need, to be considered as a humanitarian. You can be socially engaged by helping people in your own town, in your own neighborhood. Not all homeless people asked for it. Sometimes events take an unexpected turn and the life you knew is not the life you live. So, as Sarah Jio shouts through here writing, don’t always judge by appearances! That’s a big and very useful lesson that we have many times be taught and many times have forgotten. Have an open mind and more importantly have an open heart! Thank you to NetGalley & Ballantine Books for an advance copy of this book.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Always is the eighth novel by Washington author Sarah Jio. Set in her own backyard of Seattle, this novel is centered on Kailey Crane, a journalist with the Seattle Herald. Kailey has not had an easy life. Her parents were killed in an auto accident when Kailey was seven. She was then raised by loving grandparents but always felt as though something special was missing. That is until she met record producer Cade McAllister. Cade's background mirrored Kailey's, and their connection was immediate. From their first date on they seemed inseparable, that is until his company took a downturn and they had a fierce argument. Afterward, Cade vanished. After years of angsting, Kailey has finally moved on and is engaged to successful businessman Ryan Winston. All is moving along towards their wedding date until Kailey looks into the eyes of a homeless man to whom she is offering her restaurant leftovers and sees a blank stared Cade looking back. Kailey must find out what happened and how he ended up in this condition, but feels hesitant to tell Ryan her discovery. Kailey uses Ryan's business travel as the opportunity to make these discoveries, but what she inevitably discovers is that her heart belongs to more than one man. Sensitively written, we are privy to the history and struggles of the relationship between Kailey and Cade, the more mature relationship between Kailey and Ryan, and the aftermath when Kailey tries to help Cade regain his memories. With some surprising turns, the reader will root for each of the main players, but can they all find their happily ever after? I do recommend this book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
He 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.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
Kailey is having dinner with her fiance Ryan when she thinks she sees someone she used to know. It turns out it was the love of her life, Cade. Ten years ago they were planning for the future, and then he just disappeared. She spent years looking for him but never found so much as a trace. Now that he is back she has a huge choice to make...... continue on with her life with Ryan or rekindle what she had with Cade. This is a very good "feel good" book, and it is a quick read. Very enjoyable!
mkdmom More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC of this book from Net Gallery for an honest review. Sarah Jio is one of my favorite writers and I was excited to be able to read and review this book. One of the things that Ms. Jio does when she writes a book is that she usually will tell two in the current day and one in the past. The stories she tells are usually about two different characters. In this book, the stories were both about the same character, telling her story in 2008 and in the 90's. I enjoyed this plot point very much. The 90's part of the story really gave a good glimpse into the Seattle scene, both musically and in the community. The story set in 2008 gave us a chance to see how she felt reliving her past. This was a great "what if" story...what if you found someone from your past again that you didn't have closure with? How would you handle your second chance? The book conveyed all the feelings the character had in finding her first love again in a situation she never thought possible. All the fear, love and conflict was expressed. My only qualm with this book is that there were several plot points that were left dangling. I don't know if this was intentional because the character of Cade had amnesia and since he didn't know his past, the reader couldn't know either or if this was just not caught in editing. I also would have like the book to have been fleshed out a little more...I would have liked to hear more about Kailey's story after Cade and more with her romance with Ryan.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah Jio. Her books are always so good. I haven't read one that I didn't like and if you haven't read one, why not? In this one, Kailey's life is perfect. She's engaged to the perfect man, she has the perfect job, they have the perfect home and everything is going great. Then one night after a perfect dinner, she sees a homeless man. Kailey has the biggest heart and it goes out to this homeless man. She's carrying a doggy bag home, so she gives it to this man. When she truly looks at this man, she looks into his eyes, past his beard, long hair and dirty face and sees his eyes. She knows him. It's her ex-boyfriend. The one who broke her heart. The one who took her years to get over. The one who she thought she would be with forever. Homeless and he didn't even recognize her. Kailey can't stand it. She has to help him. This man once ran a multimillion dollar record company. Why is he in the streets? In the end Kailey must choose. Who will it be? I'm not sure if I agree with her choice, but this is a great read, very entertaining and enjoyable. As I had to find out what was going on with Cade and what had happened to him, and how, I couldn't put it down. Of course, being retired I had the luxury. Huge thanks to Random House - Ballantine for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the author, publisher, and netgalley for allowing me to read this book. If you are a true romantic, you NEED this book. Run, don't walk or job, to the nearest bookstore and pick it up! I raced through the title in less than a day, and I am still crying. Precise and well-written, with great throwbacks to the music scene in the 90s: you'll remember yourself listening from everything to the spice girls to Kurt Cobain, feet in doc martens and ear buds on your ears, feeling the music and the love. From Pike Place Market to Nordstrom, from studio apartments to mansions by the sea, you'll love these characters through a decade of their lives. You'll hope for them, you'll want to slap them, but mostly, you will want them to end up with their form of happily ever after. Sarah Jio's best book yet! (less)