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.
And yet, what an ending. Roberts leaves open the Whirl/Cyclonus/Tailgate threesome, forges ahead with new surprising bonds that make sense and leaves this tale open for so many more stories - stories that will never get told and that he never planned to tell.
But he certainly leaves it up to my mind to continue telling them. Fabulous!
And yet, I put off finishing this, I am desperately sad. No more Roberts MTMtE. No more Roberts Lost Light. No more of his Whirl, or Cyclonus, or Swerve. Or any of the others. And this, my friends, is a dark, dark day for me.
Does it help that Barber's going to continue on the IDW Transformers universe? A little, as he'll be involved in rebooting next year. But I'm being cautiously skeptical until I see what Hasbro included in 'must do' in their universe, and with what Barber comes up with. It certainly won't be the same without Roberts there.
Sighs. Now I'm just sad again :(