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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  8,139 ratings  ·  1,262 reviews
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 o ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Ballantine Books (first published November 2015)
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Melissa Kayden This was the one plot point that really bothered me when it wasn't wrapped up. …moreThis was the one plot point that really bothered me when it wasn't wrapped up. (less)
Michele I thought about that also. Sadly my thought was that he crossed the Rainbow Bridge before they left for France- he was at least 10 years old when she …moreI thought about that also. Sadly my thought was that he crossed the Rainbow Bridge before they left for France- he was at least 10 years old when she found Cade again. Hopefully they will find an Eddie Jr in France and his name will live on. Or maybe she left him to Ryan... :) I was bothered also by who checked him out of the hospital- I spent a good time of the book thinking his partner tried to kill him... (less)

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A story of lost love and second chances, Always is a glimpse at what happens when the past collides with the seemingly perfect present. Sarah Jio delivers an intriguing storyline, one that managed to tug on my heartstrings, but I'd be lying if I said the predictability and ease in which things were resolved didn't leave me a little underwhelmed.

I assume everyone that’s ever had their heart broken has imagined what it would be like to bump into their ex. Of course, you’d want that person to eat
Diane S ☔
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have liked a few of her books in the past, they are sometimes a nice break from my usual reads, but this one not so much. Soap opera extraordinaire, predictable, unfeasible and just all around schmaltzy. Still, I guess it could be said it was a break, and rather a quick one from reality.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In many ways Always is your typical romance novel: Girl who is engaged to the perfect man, runs into her first love. She must choose between perfect fiance and the man who broke her heart. What distinguishes this book from others is that her ex is homeless; this element is what makes Always a different and memorable read.

When Kailey Crane bumps into a homeless man outside of a fancy restaurant in Seattle she is shocked beyond belief to realize that this man is her former boyfriend, Cade McAllis
Whitney Atkinson
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book wasn't bad, there just was absolutely no flavor. It's the equivalent of a Lifetime movie that you watch, it's pretty subpar but entertaining, then you never think about it again. I hope the coworker who recommended this book to me isn't reading this review. ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This book wasn’t for me, so take my review with a grain of salt.

I thought I would take a chance on Always because an ARC came my way unsolicited. It’s not the kind of story I usually read, but I like an occasional dose of fluffy sap -- although I do hope for credible emotions and something close to common sense. In this case, I quickly realized that this book was not for me but I must confess that I kept reading because I was a bit curious as to how far this farfetched story would go. Kailey is
2 stars for the second-chance romance storyline, 4 stars for the theme of how the homeless population are viewed/treated = 3 stars. Always was a fairly short and easy read. Many emotions are solicited but I didn't feel much...maybe it was me or maybe it was the storytelling, not sure. Overall, it was an OK read that I don't regret reading but wouldn't read a second time. However, I highly respect that the author gathered her inspiration for this story from a real-life incident she was exposed to ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
One evening while having supper with her fiancé Kailey Crane makes eye contact with a homeless man that she realizes is the “lost” love of her life who disappeared from her life many years ago without a word or trace. She cannot leave him on the streets and as she tries to get him help the life she has tried to build is spiraling out of control. Torn between the man she now loves and the man she once loved she has decisions to make. Great read with a little bit of mystery thrown in. I would like ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

When I first heard that this book was about a woman who gives a homeless man some food and finds out he's her missing first love, I knew I had to read it! I just found the concept so intriguing and was curious as to how the author would work things out.

TBH, I was also a little apprehensive to read it because I've never read Sarah Jio fact, I've never even heard of her. Well, that will definitely change because this book was awesome. The only thing I hated was that I finished
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
4.5 stars...

Always drew me right in and tugged at my heartstrings...Thankful to have experienced this book. One lesson learned: things aren't always what they appear, and we shouldn't make judgments when we don't know the facts.

A quick reading, well-paced story that was easy to get lost in, you will find yourself immersed in both Kailey's past and present. The Seattle late '90's music scene is a great setting, and I loved picturing all the musicians etc as they were talked about. The plight of
Deacon Tom F
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sarah Jio's novel “Always” is a fast paced story about a love that never lets go in spite of years of separation.

The plot line is very engaging. The main character, Kailey’ life is turned upside down when she sees a bearded homeless man who is her former lover.

The protagonist’s dilemma is one readers can easily relate with. She must help this man, Cane. The fact that she is already engaged poses a significant problem.

The complications of her desire to be of assistance are full of tender and p
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

Sarah Jio's ALWAYS is a second-chance romance and women's fiction hybrid that some may enjoy. Due to an abundance of plot holes, less-than-stellar writing, and melodrama galore, I far too many problems and I didn't like this book.

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Amber’s reading
4.5 stars.

While exiting a restaurant after a romantic dinner with her fiancé, Kailey walks up to the homeless man outside to give him her leftovers. When she looks into his eyes, she discovers that he is Cade, the love of her life and the man that vanished more than 10 years before. She’s devastated to discover that he’s a shell of his former self, doesn’t recognize her and doesn’t speak. She’s determined to help him and find out what happened to him. But with a new life and new fiancé, will sh
Diana | Book of Secrets
This was a nice change of pace from the dark suspense novels I've been reading. The story alternates between 1996 and 2008. Kailey in the "present" is engaged to Ryan and has a seemingly perfect life. Leaving a restaurant one evening, Kailey spots a homeless man who happens to be her long-lost love, Cade, missing for the past 12 years. She has to help him, can't risk letting him slip away again, but doing so with Ryan around will be tricky. Jump back to 1996, and we get the story of how Kailey a ...more
Judy D Collins
Sarah Jio returns following The Look of Love (2014) with her eighth novel, ALWAYS. Written with the passion, past love, romance, relationships, the music of the 1990s, TBI, and of course the art, beauty, and charm of "spectacular" Seattle. When love never lets go.

“To old love and new, but, most of all, to the kind that lasts, always.” A perfect Valentine read.

It is 2008 in Seattle, Kailey Crane, a writer for the Seattle Herald has it all. A successful career, a charming new Craftsman bungalo
Lisa Wolf
I was pretty convinced this was going to get 3 stars until I started writing my review and realized just how much didn't appeal to me about this book.

I like a good romantic tale every once in a while. A nice, contemporary story about falling in love, or rediscovering love, or the memory of love... what's not to -- you know?

So why didn't I love Always? For starters, everything was so completely obvious. (view spoiler)
Karen R
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
In Sarah Jio’s latest offering, the reader is transported between two times in the protagonist’s life. In 1996, Kailey is a ‘wide-eyed' twenty-two year old madly in love for the first time; and in 2008, she is 34, engaged to another man and working as a newspaper reporter.

Kailey leaves a restaurant with her fiancé, Ryan, glances at a homeless man and sees the eyes of her ex-lover. “I don’t tell Ryan that I know this man. I don’t tell him that his name is Cade and he used to be the love my life.”
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve been noticing a new trend in chick lit and women’s fiction….novels about men who go missing or are presumed dead, so the woman moves on from them. Just when she’s in a perfect new relationship, the man she was originally with reappears and she’s torn between the two. However, it is an interesting concept and, if done right, can make for a captivating novel.

In Sarah Jio’s long awaited novel, Always, Kailey is faced with a predicament when her first serious boyfriend emerges after 10 years
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, romance, arc, read-2016
I’d like to believe my standards for giving a book five-stars is pretty fair and consistent. One common criterion includes stories that have me thinking about the subject matter well beyond the pages of the book and long after I’ve completed the final chapters. Always by Sarah Jio accomplished that in more ways than one. This book definitely has staying power, and days after finishing it I'm still thinking about the content and characters! It was a beautiful combination of heartfelt struggles, d ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading psychological thrillers for the past few months, I decided I needed something lighter for a change. I'm so glad that I did.!!

Sarah Jio is a new author for me and I must say the story is well-written, intriguing-- a real page turner for me. Definitely will be watching for more by this author!

Kailey and Ryan are engaged and very excited about starting their life together. One evening they are having dinner at an upscale restaurant as Ryan goes to bring the car around, Kailey notices
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I loved this story of hope and renewal and the romance was the best. The forgiveness was beyond me. I am so happy that an author was talking about this book and I got to read and enjoy it. I will be reading more by Jio in the future.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 bro ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Kailey Cain is a reporter for the Herald in Seattle. She is engaged to Ryan Winston who is just about the perfect guy. One night while as they are leaving a restaurant after having a nice dinner, she gives her leftovers to a homeless man who looks strangely familiar. Soon she discovers the homeless man is Cade McAllister her estranged ex-boyfriend, but he doesn't recognize her as easily. What happened to him over the past ten years? Kailey is determined to find out, but at what cost.

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Imagine: You are on a date with your fiance' at a fine restaurant when you exit you see your first love outside, the one who disappeared years earlier with no word. He's homeless, thin, dressed in rags and doesn't seem to know you. What would go through your head ? What a horrendous thing to even imagine right ? Well this is just the tip of the giant iceberg. The troubles go so much deeper and more complicated. The ties to the past are strong but the present is perfect.
The story was so well wri
MaryannC. Book Freak
Gosh, I tried and tried to get into this book but it was just a bit too sappy and I usually LOVE a good romance of lost love. I just couldn't go on with it. ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reviews
“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.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, chick-lit
Originally published at Desert Island Book Reviews

I’ve read and enjoyed several books by Sarah Jio before, so I was excited when I saw she was releasing a book this month. Her books are always fairly light and quick, and they’re great after reading heavier things as a way to relax a little. That said, I didn’t find this as enjoyable as I’d hoped, and I ended up giving it three stars.

Always is the story of Kailey Crane and Cade McAllister, sort of. It switches between their time together in the 9
Always by Sarah Jio was a book I read through quickly because I needed to know what happened. In 2008 we have Kailey and Ryan, much in love and a really nice couple. She is a journalist and he is a big time wealthy developer. They are perfect in every way except that their values seem to be somewhat misaligned.

One day Kailey sees a homeless guy outside a restaurant and she gives him the food in her hand. When their eyes meet she recognises him and we are taken back to 1996 to the time when it w
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One evening Kailey is having a romantic diner with her fiance, Ryan. Their lives are perfect in every way. Kailey has a job she loves working as a journalist. She is engaged to be married to Ryan. He is handsome, successful and very supportive of her. They are both happy and planning their lives together. As they are leaving the restaurant, Kailey makes eye contact with a homeless man and feels a jolt of recognition. She
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always a Sarah Jio fan, I enjoyed this latest book about a young woman named Kailey who is engaged to the quentisential fabulous guy, Ryan. After dinner one night she meets a homeless man and recognizes him as the man she loved 10 years before. The story alternates between the past with Cade and the present with Ryan. I could imagine how torn she was between the two men, and wondered who she would choose. I thought it was wrapped up a little too quickly at the end, but I would recommend it for a ...more
Sheyla ✎
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017

"When someone wants to leave, you let him."

Always had an intriguing synopsis and a great cover. I love second chance romances and it sounded like this one had a good one.

Kailey Crane is ready to get married. Her fiancée is a nice man who loves her and wants to give her the world. After finishing a meal at a restaurant and while Ryan is retrieving their car, she sees a homeless man. When she approaches him, she realizes she knows him. He's the love of her life. The one man she can't forg
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Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of ALWAYS, published by Random House (Ballantine), as well as seven other novels from Penguin Books, including, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE LAST CAMELLIA, MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, and THE LOOK OF LOVE. Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, ...more

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