AlwaysAlways by Sarah Jio
Published by Ballantine Books on February 7th 2017
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1101885025
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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 knows this man! It’s Cade her past boyfriend. Not only does she know this man, she was once in love with him, planning a future with him, dreaming of a life with him, when he just disappeared. She cannot believe that they man she once loved so intently is now a homeless man.

She has conflicted feelings and decides not to tell her finance Ryan about her past boyfriend. Instead, she decides to help him on her own. It is obvious that something is not quite right about her former flame. He appears to at times know her and at times not know her as well. She keeps her involvement with Cade and her attempts to find out why he disappeared, how he ended up homeless and what is causing his memory issues.

All of the characters in this book are likable. I felt for all of them (well, James not so much!). They are all incredibly human and trying their best. This book goes back and forth between the past and the present to weave the story together. I found this to be a nice touch with this book. Sometimes this working in books and sometimes it does not. I found that this helped keep the story interesting and moved the pace along. When someone you once loved (maybe still love) is in trouble, how much are you willing to help? Will you help even if it will hurt your current relationship? When you love two people, how do you choose?

The book is pretty predictable as romance books tend to be. The ending was not a huge shocker to me. I found it to be a very enjoyable read about love, forgiveness, compassion, letting go and moving on.

One thing that I cannot let go of is the fact the book states that a family member or someone posing as Cade’s family barred him from getting the medical care he needed when at the hospital the first time. This is a plot hole that is never explained. Who brought him in for care? Who did not want him to receive care? My first thoughts were it was one character in the book but then that character is let off the hook. Was it the homeless man Cade was nice too, and if so then why would he not want Cade to get proper medical care. I hate when things are left unanswered.

Fans of romance books will not be disappointed. This is a nice light book that proves to be a fast read.


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