By Sarah Jio

Always: A Novel by [Jio, Sarah]

3 out of 5 stars

Kailey Crane is leaving a lovely restaurant in Seattle with her fiance Ryan when she sees a homeless man. When their eyes meet, she is sure that he is Cade, her ex-love that she hasn’t seen for years. He left abruptly, never to come back, and she has always thought about him and what happened. Kailey has been writing a story on homelessness in the city and now she is actually in the middle of it.She has never really stopped loving Cade and she loves Ryan. The story takes us back and forth between the past and the now. As Kailey helps Cade remember and finds out just what got him in the place he is now. Who will she choose to spend always with? Or has she always known in her heart?

This is a sweet story about love. It has the added extra of a discussion on homelessness. It’s good to have some awareness in an otherwise lighter love story. Everyone is likable. I didn’t want to see anyone left sad but you know that was coming for one of them. There was just something, and I can’t put my finger on it, that didn’t really do it for me. I think it’s a decent book, a light read even with some heavy overtones, but it just misses the mark for me to give it a higher rating.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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