Where it Begins by Helena Hunting.

“Where It Begins” by Helena Hunting is an absolute delight for fans of the Pucked series, offering a charming glimpse into the teenage years of the beloved characters, Skye and Sidney. For those familiar with the Pucked universe, this novella is a treasure trove of nostalgia and backstory, taking readers to the very roots of the romantic saga. 

The story revolves around the blossoming love between Skye and Sidney, capturing the essence of young love with a perfect blend of humor, sweetness, and just the right touch of steam. Helena Hunting masterfully crafts their journey, making it a thoroughly enjoyable and heartwarming experience. As a fan of the Pucked series, it felt like coming home to familiar faces and witnessing the enchanting beginnings of a love story that has captured readers’ hearts throughout the series. 

One of the highlights of “Where It Begins” is the opportunity to witness Vi and Miller as teenagers, the central characters from books 1 and 2 in the Pucked world. This novella not only caters to dedicated Pucked enthusiasts but also serves as an excellent starting point for newcomers. I did struggle some with the added POV of Violet and Miller. It did take me out of the story and tempor the chemistry between Sidney and Skye. The narrative seamlessly navigates the early stages of Skye and Sidney’s relationship, providing a fresh perspective on the events that set the stage for the entire Pucked series. 

The charm of the novella extends beyond the romance, as it showcases the characters evolving into a family. This aspect adds a layer of depth to the story, making it more than just a love story. The humor, wit, and relatable moments make it a well-rounded and engaging read. 

The audiobook performances by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon brought extra depth and laughs to this book. I really enjoyed their performance and totally recommend checking out the audiobook.

“Where It Begins” is a quick, fun, and must-read addition to the Pucked series. Helena Hunting has once again demonstrated her prowess in creating endearing characters and compelling narratives. Whether you’re a die-hard Pucked fan or a newcomer to the series, this novella promises a delightful journey into the beginnings of a love story that will warm your heart and leave you eagerly anticipating more from the Pucked universe. 

Rating: 4.5/5
Tropes: Instant Connection, second chance at love, single parent, after sports, meet cute,
no 3rd act break up
Pop: 43%
Audiobook performed by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon