ARC Review: Always by Sarah Jio

Posted February 7, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Always by Sarah Jio
by Sarah Jio

5 Stars


Released: February 7th 2017
Published by Ballantine Books
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

Recommended Read!

“ALWAYS consumed me for the short amount of time it took me to read it, and left me thinking about these characters long after I turned the last page.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve wanted to read a Sarah Jio book for years and somehow just haven’t gotten around to.  When this beautiful cover landed in my hands and I read the blurb, I was sold immediately.  And what a beautiful experience it was.  I was quickly swept up in the story and the words and every time I tried to put this book down, it kept calling me to keep reading.  Needless to say, I read this in one quick sitting.  Ate up every word because I just had to know what happened next.  ALWAYS consumed me for the short amount of time it took me to read it, and left me thinking about these characters long after I turned the last page.

For the romance reader, there’s a love story in here with a happy ending.  So I think it’ll fit perfectly for your tastes.  But it’s a wonderful story of love and loss, of second chances, of hardships, and a lot of what ifs on my part.  What would I have done if I ever found myself in this position.  As the blurb tells us, and that’s all I’ll say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil it, the main character of this story is happily engaged to be married to a wonderful man when she runs into her ex boyfriend in the street.  The man that disappeared from her life years ago and left her broken.  A man who was larger than life, then.  And is homeless, now.

My only complaint was the resolution in the end.  I guess I was looking for more drama, although I’m quite happy with how it turned out and it’s probably good that it didn’t resort to the drama I was hoping for.  The story felt real, the characters as well.  And as I went through this journey with them, I could see the decision that had to be made in the end was nothing but clear.  So there’s nothing greatly unexpected here.

ALWAYS follows the formula of telling the story in the past and present form.  I loved the setting in the 90’s music scene in Seattle.  The writing style is simple and yet powerful.  Compelling.  It gave me ALL.THE.FEELS!  I don’t want to tell you more, you know all you need to before going in and experiencing it for yourself.  Let it draw you in like it did me.  I know I can’t wait to read more from this talented author in the future.

Favorite quote:

“I was looking for you the whole time… I just didn’t know it.”spacer



About Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the international, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and a USA Today bestseller), THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER (an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller, as well as an international bestseller), THE LAST CAMELLIA (a Kirkus Books Most Anticipated Book of 2012), MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, and THE LOOK OF LOVE (an iTunes Best Book of November 2014)—all from Penguin (Plume). Her new novel, ALWAYS, will debut in hardcover from Random House (Ballantine) on February 7, 2017. To date, Sarah’s novels are published in more than 25 countries, including Italy, France, Brazil, Turkey, Slovenia, Russia, China, Norway, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and many others. Her novels have become major bestsellers in countries such as Turkey, Norway, Poland and Russia. Most recently, her new novel in Turkey, BACK TO YOU, became a #1 bestseller.

A magazine writer and former columnist for Glamour magazine, Sarah has written thousands of articles and blog posts for national magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, Hallmark magazine, Seventeen, The Nest, Health, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Seattle Times, Parents, Woman’s Day, American Baby, Parenting, andmany others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Sarah recently signed a three-book deal with Random House (Ballantine Books). She lives in Seattle with her three young sons and elderly golden retriever. (Photo credit: Michelle Moore)


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Thanks for the review, I’ll be adding to my wishlist.


Great review!


Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the review Francesca


Sounds awesome! Thanks!