This short tale is part of the author's "Southern Roads" series...a series I was not familiar with before now. The book can be read as a stand-alone, or along with others in the series, if you are so inclined. I felt that the author did a nice job of setting the stage and building her characters within the confines of this tale. All the characters were likable and there were no unnecessary introductions to sidetrack you. I have read a number of works by Stephanie Bond and find her books to be enjoyable but perhaps a bit wordy. Not so with this little story. If you need a quick read with no strings attached or you're looking for a new series to immerse yourself in, give this one a try...It'll fill either bill. Four and a quarter stars for this quickie.