Order of Ballad Books
The Ballad series is a series of Appalachian fiction novels by American novelist Sharyn McCrumb. The series combines the legends, geography and issues of Appalachia to tell its stories. Set during contemporary times, each book uses an event from the history of the region as part of the tale.
Sharyn McCrumb began her Ballad series in 1990 with the novel If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Sharyn McCrumb’s Ballad novels in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):
Publication Order of Ballad Books
Note: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O was also released using the more abbreviated title of If Ever I Return.
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Ballad Synopsis: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb (aka If I Ever Return) is the first novel in McCrumb’s Ballad series. Sheriff Spencer Arrowood is in charge of keeping watch over his small town in Tennessee, and everything usually goes pretty smoothly… mostly. 60’s folk singer Peggy Muryan moves into the small town to find some peace and quiet while trying to make a comeback, but then receives a threatening postcard. Then, a local girl who bears a strong resemblance to Peggy goes missing.