I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
If you read the Southern Eclectic novels, this is a prequel back story for one of the characters, Marianne, and how she ended up with Carl.
It's short, but it covers all the bases, introducing most of the family, including one character that dies before the full-length books begin. We get a bit more insight into Donna, Marianne's curmudgeonly mother. Less funny than most of the other books, it's sweet in its way and since I went in already invested in the characters, I enjoyed it well enough.