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Yankee Doodle Dixie (Dixie #2)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,376 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa's poised to go to the next level—because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 16th 2011)
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Mar 27, 2012 Shari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Whistlin Dixie enough to want to read this follow-up. This book was awful - and here are some reasons why:
- the timeline made no sense. For example, the main character is 33-34. The book takes place sometime after 2001 since there is mention of Ground Zero in NY but there is also mention that the main character remembers attending a James Taylor concert in 1970. There are several other problems like this that just drove me nuts.
- there is a lot of writing about the quirky next door nei
Mary Lou
Feb 16, 2012 Mary Lou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was so poorly written it made Mary Higgins Clark sound like Jane Austen. The ending was so predictable, I just wished Patton would get on with it so I could go to bed already. Definitely literary junk food -- something to do between hearty meals. But everyone likes a spoonful of Cool Whip from time to time. Yankee Doodle Dixie has almost as much substance as Cool Whip, but is equally harmless and easy. I didn't hate it, but I can't possibly recommend it.
Jul 31, 2012 Christi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Sarah Beth
I won this book as a first reads giveaway on Goodreads. To preface my review, this novel is the sequel to an earlier novel by Lisa Patton, which I have not read, so that may have skewed my perspective somewhat. When I first received this novel, I took a glance at it and automatically assumed that it was just like dozens of other books I've read before - cute and semi-entertaining beach reading material, but nothing too memorable. But what set this novel apart is its quirky characters and humor; ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Shawn rated it did not like it
Ugh. I don't remember the first book being this bad. Terrible writing, poor editing ("tale" when it was supposed to be "tail"? Really??) timeline inconsistencies, inconsistencies with a character who supposedly pronounces his Rs as Ws, but some will get missed IN THE SAME SENTENCE (more lazy editing, I'm thinking,) completely unbelievable plotlines, and a pretty annoying main character. Her nickname is "Fiery," presumably because she's a fiery redhead, but there is absolutely nothing "fiery" abo ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leelee Satterfield sells her restaurant and inn in Vermont and returns to her home town in the south with her two little girls and divorced. Unfortunately, she leaves her heart in Vermont as she tries to make a new life in Tennessee. Her three best friends are incredibly meddlesome and lucky for Leelee that they are. As Leelee's life falls apart again they have to step in as the Gladys Kravitz Agency and help their friend find the second chance at love and life that she's been searching for.

Daniella Nordin
Jul 02, 2012 Daniella Nordin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 28, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
In my opinion this was a light, entertaining read, just like the first one. No better, no worse. It had an engaging plot line, some fun escapades and adventures, and was a nice light read. Yes, LeeLee's nickname totally didn't fit her, Riley's speech impediment was completely irritating, LeeLee definitely didn't seem only 34 year old so there were many timeline inconsistencies/impossibilities, and the characters were rather flat-- they were either good or bad, with no depth. So yes, I agree with ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a literary piece that will live on through the ages and become a classic. It IS an entertaining way to spend an afternoon on the beach or a cold rainy day. I didn't feel the need to pick apart the book as some of the other reviews. This is a book that feels a bit like a Lifetime Movie so if you don't like to simply be entertained, choose something else.

I thought it was a quick, easy and fun read. I've read the first one and I'm getting ready to lose myself in the 3rd one this rainy,
Feb 06, 2012 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I might have cared a little if I had read this book's predecessor, Whistling Dixie in a Nor'easter. Unfortunately, the characters are far too shallow and clichés of southerners. They were easy for me to dismiss like any people I meet on the street and I don't take an immediate liking to them. As it is, there is minimal plot, so it's more of a series of episodes in Leelee's life that don't really amount to much, other than my thinking, "Hey, this lady's problems are so common, why would a ...more
Rebecca Hanna
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Whistlin Dixie in a Nor'easter, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. It was just... Meh. First of all, there seem to be some timeline inconsistencies regarding the main character's age and some events of her childhood. Secondly, the characteristics that drew me to liking LeeLee in the first book were absent in this book. She seems to have lost her fiesty attitude and charm. I wish we could have seen more character development with her, especially i ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this story wasn't as good as the first--and I wished that a lot of the characters from the first one (Pierre & Roberta) would have emerged in the second. I did enjoy Leelee's job and her escapades while working for her loser boss, but I felt that the book just didn't have the charm of the first book. I also wonder if this is the end of the "Dixie" series or if Patton will write any more...this book was unclear about that.
Susan Goudge
Jan 14, 2012 Susan Goudge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a recent transplant to the mid-South, was looking forward to reading this novel, which is set in Memphis. Unfortunately, I found it to be predictable--much like a movie on Lifetime. The characters (she's even incorporated a loyal family maid/nanny who seems transplanted from THE HELP), and plotting feel re-heated. Just cannot recommend it.
LeeLee Satterfield is back from Vermont and living in Memphis again. As she struggles to find her new place in Memphis, sans ex-husband Baker, she and her two young daughters rent a house, have Kissie become an major part of their lives, and looks for a job opportunity. LeeLee is really struggling with her life now that she knows that she can survive on her own. But she is a true steel magnolia. After landing a job at a local radio station, realizing that she is not meant to date an older singer ...more
Kathy Gardner
Funny and interesting because I lived in Memphis so long, it was familiar.
Mar 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I despised this book. The main character was weak, wimpy, princessey (NOT a compliment), spoiled and entitled. I also got a strong whiff of racism as well. Someone who even though professing love for someone of another race, views them as the 'other'. Worse than the main character was her girlfriends; hard to believe this was a portrayal of women in their mid to late-thirties. I talked about boys when I was twelve the way they speak of men at middle age. And then there is the regional hatred in ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get enough of the fun life of LeeLee Satterfield. This is the second book in the series - in the first, LeeLee is dragged by her husband to Vermont from sunny Memphis, after he reveals to her that his lifelong dream is to abandon the insurance business and run a bed and breakfast up north. After all the trials and triumphs from the first book, we now find LeeLee back home in Memphis, afloat and unsure what to do next.

At the end of the first book, we are left with a bit of a cliffhan
Beth Stevens
Mar 09, 2012 Beth Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel to - Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. The end feels a bit rushed but still a good one.
Rena DeBerry
Jan 22, 2016 Rena DeBerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This is a book of self discovery for LeeLee. At first I was frustrated with her passive attitude, yet this was part of her self discovery. I like the ending because it wasn't the typical bow. Ms. Patton describes Memphis to a tee and I felt like I was back home. If you are not one for deep description of places, then be warned. The friendship of all four characters were well written with enough backstory to make me feel like a fly watching the scenes play out. I only wish the book came with a di ...more
Julie Ann Listi
So boring. Took me 6 months to finish it. Seriously.
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 03, 2012 Charlotte Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LeeLee Satterfield follows her Husband, Baker, to Vermont, cause good southern girls stick by their man, to open The Peach Blossom Inn. After making The Peach Blossom Inn a huge success, her husband leaves her and their two young girls for his mistress. LeeLee decides to sell the Inn and move back home to Memphis. When she gets back to Memphis she finds out life is not the same as when she left.

Kissie, Alice, Mary Jule, and Virginia are all in the Memphis area to help and support LeeLee as she h
This is the sequel to Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter. This book could be read asa stand along since the beginning does bring you up to date on Leelee Satterfield's story but I would recommend reading both books in order. Why would you want to miss out on the fun?

This book picks up with Leelee arriving back home in Memphis. It doesn't take Leelee long to realize that life as she knew it in Memphis is about to change. She is now a single mother who needs to support her daughters and find a place
***Please Note: I received this book for free from Goodreads***

When I started this, I was worried that I might be missing out, since this is a sequel and I hadn't read the first book, but there was no need to worry. This book is very easygoing, and explains throughout with clear references to events in the first novel. So, while I may not have every detail, I had enough to get me through.

This book was a delightful read. It had all the southern charm you would expect, as well as good amounts of l
Oct 01, 2012 Sidna rated it it was ok
I was so unsure as to what to say about this book, that I did something I never do. I looked at the other reviews before writing my own. I am a Yankee who has lived in Memphis for almost six years. The book was a fun read for me, but I think it would probably bore someone who is not familiar with Memphis.

Last year I attended a luncheon in Memphis where Lisa Patton (who lives in Nashville now) was one of the speakers. I had just read her first book and she signed it for me. I intended to buy thi
Oct 01, 2011 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2011
I won this book as a giveaway through's giveaway section. The story of LeeLee starts off a bit devastating. To start with, she's on her way home as a newly single mother after her husband left her for another woman. Her business fell under and she had just shared a kiss with a man she had fallen in love with. Not sure where or what she would do when she got back to Memphis, she tries to think of what's best for not only her two daughters but her as well. The reader goes through her ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Peach Blossom Inn rises again! Leelee Satterfield is back in Memphis after leaving her inn in Vermont. Adjusting to life as a single mom and working at the local radio station, she meets the rock star of her teen age dreams, Liam White. Accompanying him on a trip to New York, she finds that the rock star of yesteryear may not be the man of her future. So, back to Memphis she goes, where she decides to open the Memphis arm of the Peach Blossom Inn. Only where will she find a chef?

Leelee and h
Jessica Galvin
Jun 04, 2014 Jessica Galvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. As others said, sloppy editing. Timing makes no sense. I kind of wonder if Leelee was supposed to be in her forties and the publisher made Patton make her younger. At 33 in 2009, she would be my age, but all the cultural references were for someone raised in the early 70s instead of the 80s. For example, LeeLee seeing Elvis in his front yard at Graceland when she was a girl? Elvis died is 1977. Whatever. Just a boring story with an unlikable heroine.
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton, a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on June 26th, received on July 13th.

Yankee Doodle Dixie is, presumably, a sequel to Lisa Patton's earlier book called Whislin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter where we meet our heroine, Leelee, going back to Memphis with her two daughters after an unsuccessful attempt at running a bed & breakfast in Vermont where her husband ran off with another woman. Coming back home, she meets with her group of girlfriends and childho
I wanted this book to do so much more for me, but the distracting inconsistencies kept me from really investing myself in the plot. LeeLee as a narrator is cute and I found her friends such a fun bunch but the entire Riley character throughout the book bothered me. yes he played a pivotal role in talking about her trip, but the big twist involving him that I kept waiting for just never happened. I'll read the third book out of curiosity but this one was just okay.
Ann Boytim
Leelee Saterfield returns home to Memphis after owning a Bed and Breakfast in Vermont. Leelee connects with her best friends and they try to see what is next for her and her two children. Leelee gets a job that she hates at a local radio station but it does not last long. Finally she decides to open another Bed and Breakfast and connects with a man who she thought was out of her life forever.
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Lisa Patton, author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter and Yankee Doodle Dixie, is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent four years as a Vermont innkeeper—until three sub-zero winters forced her back to the South. She has over 20 years' experience working in the music and entertainment business, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama, Kappa Delta sorority and the Memphis Junior League. She ...more
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