Sometimes I think you can have too much of a good thing. I'm afraid that if Chiaverini keeps writing Elm Creek books, she'll weaken the series.
That said, I did enjoy this book. It's a short read, almost a short story, really. The setting is the first Christmas that Sylvia is back at Elm Creek. Being back at the manor and decorating for Christmas brings back many memories for her. Much of the novel is reminiscing and because of that, there is a great deal of back story revealed. Some of it will be familiar to readers, but this novel adds additional details about Sylvia's history. For the record, her sister Claudia doesn't improve here, but enough story is revealed to soften my opinion a bit. Of course, there is a quilt to work on, and one, true to Chiaverini's pattern, that ties together the generations.
This novel isn't necessary in order to understand or appreciate the series, but it is an easy, entertaining read.