Which do I read first?

Do the Coda books have to be read in order? Not necessarily. For what it's worth, I never thought of these books as a series. I always thought of each couple as their own unit. A to Z is not book 2 of Promises. A to Z is a stand-alone novel. Ditto Strawberries for Dessert and Shotgun. But, I've learned to accept that this mindset doesn't match how most readers think of the books. It also doesn't fit well into Amazon's current numbering system for a series. Hence, this overly wordy explanation.

There are two ways you can read Coda. You can either read them in the order they were written — which also corresponds with the timeline — or you can start with any couple.

In chronological order:

  • Promises
  • A to Z
  • The Promise and The Letter Z (doesn’t matter which one you read first – they take place at the same time)
  • Strawberries for Dessert and Putting Out Fires (also take place at the same time)
  • Paris A to Z
  • Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding
  • Shotgun

But if you don’t want to read the whole series, or you’re only interested in a specific couple, that’s fine too. The couples’ stories overlap a bit, but you won’t be lost if you choose to skip certain books. It's completely fine to read Strawberries for Dessert without ever reading any of the other books, and yes, you can read Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding without reading Paris A to Z first, I promise.

Breakdown, in order, by couple:

Matt and Jared:

  1. Promises
  2. The Promise (free short story on my website)
  3. Putting Out Fires

Zach and Angelo:

  1. A to Z
  2. The Letter Z
  3. *Paris A to Z

Cole and Jon:

  1. Strawberries for Dessert
  2. Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding

Dominic and Lamar:

  1. Shotgun

The Coda prequel, Meant to Be – included in the 2019 re-release of Promises – can fit in just about anywhere.

*(Please note that although Paris A to Z is ostensibly about Jon and Cole’s wedding, the book really isn’t about them. It’s Zach and Angelo’s book. If you read it expecting it to be all about Jon and Cole, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.)

For details about the exact timeline, see here.