Charles Sheehan-Miles – Thompson Sisters Reading Order

by Maryse on April 7, 2013 · 8 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

Cori just sent me this email, so I thought this post would help. :)

“I read and really enjoyed his Thompson series books, especially Just Remember To Breathe.  I was wondering if you had any information about his next release if and when and what sister his story was going to cover??!?”

You bet Cori! I’ve got the details below.

I really enjoyed #1 & 2 so far, too and while the author states that:

“… the books center on the same family, they are standalone novels and can be read in any order.”

Now here’s my own personal note. —> Having read #1 and then #2, I can’t help but wonder if I would have preferred reading #2 first (since the entire story in that one occurs years before the first book’s time period and focuses on the oldest sister and her potential rock star boyfriend).

In book #1 (Just Remember to Breathe), we already have a “short form” synopsis of what happened in book #2 (A Song for Julia), and since I like going into books having NO idea what the outcome will be, I’d personally recommend reading #2, first.

About “A Song For Julia”

Everyone should have something to rebel against. 

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job.

The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

While the author reminds us that each one is a standalone and can be read in ANY order (this is true!), I always prefer to read books in the order in which the story unfolds so I’ve posted these in the:
READING order (timeline-wise) vs. the author’s “writing order” (he wrote the books out of order).
  1. A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters #2) —> my Book Review
  2. Falling Stars (Thompson Sisters) —> Novella Julia and Crank, but Sean and Carrie
  3. Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters #1) —> my Book Review
  4. The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters) - my Book Review (this is Carrie’s book – tear-jerker!)
  5. Girl of Lies (Rachel’s Peril) <— SPINOFF but still part of the “sisters”
  6. A View From Forever (Thompson Sisters Book 3) - expected release date April 20th 2015


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kirsty April 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

I was lucky enough to read an early draft of The Last Hour and yep, it is a tear jerker, but it’s also one of the best books I’ve read. I hope you end up reading and reviewing it, it really was incredible.

Grenadine April 8, 2013 at 6:53 AM

I can’t wait to read the last hour ! A song for julia was one of my favourite !

lindsey April 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I loved these books. Really connected with them. I can’t wait for Carrie!

Cori H. April 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Thanks Maryse!! ;)

SoHo April 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM


This book looks really good, thanks for the tip!

Jacque April 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Amazon doesn’t have a kindle price, I really like the first two books but 18.95? It’s gonna have to go on sale for me to buy it.

Heather Uren May 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

If you’re a goodreads member, all three books are free to READ NOW !!!

Heather Uren May 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Silly me, sorry they’re just the first two chapters

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