|May 21, 2018||Posted by admin under Fiction, Romance, Women|
Written by Sarah Jio
Published by Ballantine Books
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: February 2017
Reviewed posted on: May 21, 2018
What would you do if you discovered an old friend living homeless on the streets? Always is a story about such a discovery. It’s also about the power of love and loss and how life can be controlled by such power.
When Kailey was enjoying a night out with her fiancee, she randomly comes face-to-face with her old love, Cade. Except he does not recognize her. He is now a shadow of the man he once was — living the life of a homeless man on the streets of Seattle with no memory of his past. Twelve years prior, Cade was a successful record executive and in love with Kailey. Then one day he disappears without a trace, leaving Kailey devastated.
Discovering a now homeless Cade, Kailey is compelled to help him; to save him the way he once saved her so many years ago. And so begins her complicated journey to be there for the two men in her life – one from the past and one in the present. It doesn’t come easy or without sacrifice and she ultimately finds herself having to decide who will be her future.
The book alternates between 1996 and 2008 – Kailey’s life with Cade versus her life after Cade. In 1996, readers get a glimpse of their life together and how Cade’s life spirals out of control prior to his disappearance. In 2008, readers can see that Kailey has survived the heartbreak: finding a new love and a successful career. I liked this story. I liked the mystery of Cade’s disappearance. I liked Kailey’s personality and the stability she shares with her fiancee. I liked the fierce determination she had to help those she cared for without judgement or a sense of obligation.
At the end of the book, I couldn’t help but ask myself what I would do if I were in Kailey’s shoes. I believe many of us would struggle with this question — not just because of Cade’s social status, but also because of the way an intervention would impact relationships with others. It is a tough situation. But the author handles the story line and the subject with grace and humility.
Always is a story that will make you question your own choices in life. Hopefully doing the right thing – whatever that may be – will prevail … always.
For more information about this book or to learn how to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.