“But, but, but the books are numbered!” — Imaginary Reader
You are correct! The hilarious and amazing Blue Moon series chock full of small-town romcom zaniness is numbered. However, there’s this sneaky little book called Where It All Began. It’s the prequel to the series and it tells the story of John and Phoebe Pierce.
If you’re new to the series that means absolutely nothing to you. But trust me. I’m protecting you here! Do NOT begin with Where It All Began. I forbid it.
You’re going to make me say it, aren’t you? Fine. In the main Blue Moon series, John Pierce, the family patriarch is… no longer alive. So you can imagine be-bopping into this romantic comedy series and trying to read Where It All Began first and then curling up on your living room floor sobbing “Why, Lucy? Why???” And then never reading any of the rest of the books.
I’m not even going to get into how I didn’t want to write the book in the first place. Yes, I am. This is how it went:
Readers: We really want John and Phoebe’s story.
Me: Ha! That’s hilarious. John is dead. I can’t write a romance novel where one of the main characters DIES.
Readers: Yes you can. Now go do it.
Me: Well, I’ll show you what a hot mess this will be. *starts writing* *instantly falls in love with John* *curses self and readers* *writes romance novel in which main character dies* *sobs uncontrollably throughout*
Look, I’m really glad I listened to you readers and wrote it anyway because I honestly think it’s one of my best books. And we get to go back to the 1980s in that hippie dippy little town. And meet tiny Carter, Beckett, and Jax! And we find out where Clementine came from! However, I do think new readers need a stern warning to NOT read the prequel first. So without further ado… (what is an ado anyway?)
The Official Lucy-Approved Reading Order of Blue Moon:
- No More Secrets
- Fall Into Temptation
- The Last Second Chance
- Not Part of the Plan
- Where It All Began, The Prequel
- Holding on to Chaos
- The Fine Art of Faking It
Boring Fine Print: Should you decide to buck the rules and read Where It All Began too early in the series, the author wilst showeth upeth at your house and slap your Kindle out of your hand. And then probably ask to use your restroom, depending on how far away from her you live.