I’m going to be honest and say that ‘Always You’ was the first book of Erin’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last.
It was absorbing, emotional, unputdownable and utterly compelling. Almost like the modern day Romeo and Juliet but obviously with a much happier ending.
Cahal and Sarah, the two main characters are likeable and familiar. It’s almost as if when reading it Erin injects so much character into each that you automatically feel like you know them.
The two lovers were separated in 1992 with great urgency and mystery and forced to live separate lives. Lives that was never complete or wholesome because the better half of them was missing. Cahal moved to Australia to make something of himself and to get away from his terrible up bringing in the Ballyfergus Estate, whilst Sarah seemed to please everyone but herself. Always putting the needs of others before own.
When their lives collide once again many years later the book takes you on a journey as the couple try to make up for lost time and start over. I became gripped as they try to put the past behind them and get to the bottom of what tore them apart.
Alway You is a real page turner as you always want more. The best thing for me is that the book is set in Northern Ireland and mentions Belfast and the coast as well as Portstewart and the Giants Causeway. Both of which are beautiful parts of the world and it’s not very often I get to review a book which is set in a place I spent my summer holidays.
I don’t want to say too much as this book is a must read so no need for spoiler alerts but its honestly a heart warming read, perfect for these wintery nights in front of the fire. Expect tears and laughter and genuine fondness for the characters.
My only regret is that I didn’t stumble on Erin Kaye sooner.