I did feel somewhat as if I had been dropped into the middle of something, with all the references to book 1- but that was my fault, for not reading book 1 first. ;) I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The story had a quick and lighthearted feel and the plot never dragged or got depressing (despite the death of the vicar).
I will still always be partial to "The Weaver Takes a Wife" when it comes to Sheri's work- but having another series still to read with the same clever style and Georgette Heyer feel as ever made it still just as charming and delightfully regenc"y". :D