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Waking Up in Dixie

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  981 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Red Hat Club comes a hilarious story of marriage and love and second chances.

When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her "white trash" family to marry Howell Whittington, the crown prince of her small town, she never dreamed that thirty years later, she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's f
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 14th 2010)
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Diane  Sugars
This was just one of those "Eh, it was ok" books. It did hold my attention and did not take a long time to read, but substance wise, this story just was not up there with some of the other books I have read recently. I will probably check out more of this authors books just to see what they are like. I do have to say that I did like how this story ended and if you like stories where everything is tied up with a pretty bow at the end, then you would probably enjoy this book.
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This book was okay. I liked the idea of the book. The whole terrible husband/father wakes up from coma changed and determined to make amends and fix his marriage plot caught my interest pretty quickly. But there were a few things that kept me from really enjoying the book. First I could have done without all the religious content. And though I felt bad for Elizabeth because her husband was a manslut and a worthless husband I just couldn't warm up to her. She just kept doing things throughout the ...more
Although this book was not quite what I expected, I did enjoy it. I thought it was going to be a story poking fun at living in the South because of the title since the book cover used the word 'hilarious' in its review. Even though I did not find it to be particularly humorous, it was a good read. In this story, Elizabeth portrays a society wife who is completely dominated by her husband, Howell Whittington, his mother who runs both of their lives, and her daughter who has been spoiled by Howell ...more
May 20, 2014 Maam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I would classify this as a fun poolside/beach read. Interesting story but not terribly well written. I felt like several things were repeated too much and the whole story of PJ was too vague. When Elizabeth would wrestle in her mind about him, I'd wonder, did I miss something because I felt like their relationship was never developed enough for the reader to grasp its importance to Elizabeth.

The story was predictable but I actually liked that. I wanted a light, fun, uplifting read and that's ex
Feb 15, 2014 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stand books that are written as religious propaganda without disclosure. Wasted my time.
Lin Stepp
Nov 12, 2014 Lin Stepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful "turn around" book in which several characters make profound changes that take their lives on a new, more purposeful and positive course. I love a read like that … so I really enjoyed this book. Elizabeth had married well by wedding the wealthy Howell Whittington…. and neither Elizabeth or Howe are very admirable people as the book begins. But then Howe has a stroke in church … that begins to shake up everything and everyone. And as he recovers, he is changed … and his change ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A little too much saving grace for me
Cara Correll
Jan 22, 2014 Cara Correll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It raises many topics that arise in households today and from yesteryear. The one thing I think that threw me off was the word usage for the word laughed ......unless you moved to Dixie from the other countries you wouldn't hear them using chortle and guffaw in everyday language for that area, possibly I missed a character being from an area where those words are fluent and if so apology is sent. So this is not a drag on this book however, the story was well put together and ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(If you liked the novel "What Alice Forgot" - this novel is a nice companion piece.)

Elizabeth is unhappily married but too scared to leave. Her grown daughter is an alcoholic brat, about to flunk out of college and her overbearing mother-in-law is still dictating decorating choices. She's having an emotional (but never sexual) affair with an old friend and her husband is frequenting hooker (WTF?) when suddenly, her husband has a stroke in the middle of church.

When her husband, Howe, recovers fr
Ola Norman
Jun 29, 2016 Ola Norman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read about relationships and marriage. Elizabeth is ready to give up on her marriage when her husband Howe has a stroke and brain tumor. When he awakes from a coma months later, he is a completely different man. He's more like the man she fell in love with so many years ago except now he curses and cannot seem to tell a lie. He also realizes how hard he made life for Elizabeth. Perfect ending!
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Haywood Smith's books. I wasn't so sure as this one started. It seemed to serious and dark, but it certainly changed. As usual, there was a ton of humor, but the message about values and family and attitudes and everything came through loud and clear. As usual, it ended on a positive note, with a real message about how we can always change and learn to love life and care for others.
Oct 10, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cute story. I listened to the audio book, and it was extremely well read and enacted! It's a story of redemption and grace, although it is in no way a "preachy" book.

Howell, a rich scoundrel, is seated beside his wife, Elizabeth, in church when he suffers a stroke. After being comatose, he awakens as a changed man, regretting his misdeeds and wanting to make things right.

Elizabeth had left her white trash past life where she was "Bessie Mae" to marry Howell and move to the upper
Audrey Nelson
Oct 12, 2013 Audrey Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed in the story. I'd loved the female camaraderie of the Red Hat Society books and the humor and hometown/family feeling of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch. This one is not much on humor and the family ties are pretty awkward.

This book made me uncomfortable for the main character throughout the book. It was frustrating, like real life, and maybe it was just too close to home for me in a few ways. The ending did surprise me. I'd hoped she'd finally be brave and bold and move o
Nov 08, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A fun book! Caught my interest at the local library and enjoyed trying this author.

Elizabeth becomes a woman of social standing in her Georgia town after humble roots in a dysfunctional family. As an ideal mid life wife she maintains a front and keeps family affairs secret. Although she may have married the most prestigious man in town, he definitely wasn’t a model husband! After Howell suffers a stroke in church and comes out of his coma he is a changed man! He’s a model husband with emotions
Feb 01, 2014 Cathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is much more to this book than what I anticipated. I thought I was getting a funny, southern chick book similar to your Mary Kay Andrews read. This book was about a family who was self destructing under in their own self-important image, but due to a medical crisis was forced to get real. A great story and an enjoyable read.
Apr 28, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book - thanks for the recommendation Janet.
Elizabeth is married to Howell Whittington of Whittington, GA. Rich but not a kind man. The have two adult children, Patty in college and Charles in law school. Howell loses consciousness in church one Sunday and ends up having a small stroke due to a brain tumor. He has brain surgery and stays in a coma for 6 months. When he awakes he has a total personality change - some changes are good and some not so good. This is the story of this fami
Rebecca Krebbs
Super light-hearted, easy read. I have been reading some really heavy stuff lately, so this was a fun distraction. I would recommend it to a friend for a fluffy read.
Lena Harper
Jul 12, 2016 Lena Harper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed the first half-2/3 of this book a lot. The last bit was too much of the same old thing I've read in a hundred other books. Not bad by any means but disappointing.
Rhonda Buedefeldt
Dec 19, 2014 Rhonda Buedefeldt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Fun book to read. Almost didn't continue past the first 20 pages because my interest level waned. Boy am I glad I continued. I really enjoyed it.
Jennifer Curtis
Jun 19, 2014 Jennifer Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J.C. Wing
Aug 11, 2013 J.C. Wing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read written by Haywood Smith...but it certainly won't be my last. I read this book within a day...I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed all of these characters, liked watching them evolve and enjoyed this unique story line about how a man is changed after surviving a stroke and brain tumor and how it effects not only him but his family and the inhabitants of a town that is run chiefly by said man and his mother. It was about many different serious things but ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An okay, but not great story of a woman who is unhappily married. When her husband becomes ill, she decides to rethink her life.
Anything Southern! And some of the plot was set in Blue Ridge, GA, where I spent summers growing up. Nice, easy read.
Mar 19, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it
Cute quick read. Some of the word choice was a little off putting, but the message still rang clear.
Patsy Tindell
Cute story about a man who has a stroke thatchanges not only his life, but also his wife's life.
Amy Bond
Apr 30, 2013 Amy Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several books by this author (all Red Hats) so I wanted to read a non-RH one. I really liked this novel. It's not necessarily one I'll re-read a bunch but there were a lot of times when I actually laughed out loud. Smith nailed it with some of the dialogue & reactions. There were also times that I wanted to throttle Elizabeth for being uptight or kinda stuck up. But that's a typical personality for a real Southern Belle in that age bracket. (I see it in a bunch of my family & t ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, quick read. Great story, real growth in all of the characters.
Rose Anderson
Mar 10, 2016 Rose Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She gets a life makeover & then has to decide what to do with it.
3.5. Enjoyed how the characters grew through the story.
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