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Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter (Dixie #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,601 Ratings  ·  526 Reviews
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter is the story of a sweet Southern belle who leaves her beloved Memphis, Tennessee to follow her husband's dream of becoming the proprietor of a quaint Vermont inn.

Leelee Satterfield seemed to have it all: a gorgeous husband, two adorable daughters, and roots in the sunny city of Memphis, Tennessee. So when her husband gets the idea to uproot
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 25th 2009)
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Dec 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I really, really wanted to love this book. Truly I did. And it's not really deserving of just two stars, but the more I thought about it the more problems I had with it. I couldn't give it three stars.

As a heroine, I liked Leelee. Her surrounding cast of characters were fine, too. But no one was fully realized. You want stock southern belles? You got 'em. You want rude, taciturn yankees? You got them, too. End of character development.

The plot was okay, but there were a lot of holes for me. One
Jan 22, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All right, I am putting my foot down and refusing to read one more word of this drivel. It was making me plain crabby. I was really looking forward to this book, and what I thought would be a sweet and fun fish-out-of-water story was quickly turning into a plot laden with misery and irritation: misery for the main character, irritation for me. First of all, I can’t stand a female character that cows to her husband’s every whim just because he’s the man. Even though Leelee, our main character, do ...more
Martha Davis
While I enjoyed the story I do have two issues. First, why are men (especially southern men) always such bums. Sheesh, a lot of southern women writers have a problem with men.

This is the story of a southern belle who moves to Vermont to run a bed and breakfast with her husband (this would be the bum I mentioned before). Needless to say things don't go all that well and our heroine learns a lot about herself and grows to be a strong woman(ain't that always the way).

My second issue is the ending,
Ellen (more books, please)
I wanted to like this book. I even thought I was coming close to liking it, but I never really got there. Lots of heavy issues were hit on, father uprooting family to allow him to be happy again; said father not really finding that happiness leaves family, but of course he leaves a note and scares loving spouse who doesn't receive the note for two days. Then there is the fact that they never discuss the issue face to face, or really at all. In fact, that happened with a number of issues/situatio ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had vacillating emotions for many of the characters in this book. At first, I didn't like Leelee Satterfield. She seemed spoiled and whiney. I couldn't relate to her need for approval from her friends, especially regarding with her marriage matters. Then contrary, I liked Baker and his idea to be adventurous and try something new....until...that need for change and adventure brought out the jerk he really is.

As the story moved on, I found my emotions changing for the characters. I eventually
Dec 15, 2010 Bubba61909 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! I thought it was a very cute story, with the way it was written. I am from the north and I have never thought about what us as northerners do that is different. This book pointed out a lot the quirks that we have. For example, burying a pet during the winter. For us it is nothing to leave a pet ferret or cat on your shed shelf until spring but a southerner would truly think we are nuts. Another example is the way we talk. The author called it aristocratic, northern accent. Tha ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
LeeLee Satterfield is Southern born and bred and when her husband announces he has dreams of running a quaint Vermont inn and restaurant she can't imagine how she'll survive. Being a good wife she hauls her Yorkie and two daughters across the country and gamely fights enormous drifts of snow, odd locals, and husband stealing hussies. The story highlights LeeLee's Southern grit, charm and humor.

Sadly, this book was not for me. I found the characters to be extreme caricatures all with features so
Feb 03, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy read about a Memphis belle who moves north with her husband to run an inn. I enjoyed the references to places and things in Memphis. Although not a native of the North or the South, I have lived in both and got a kick out of the author's point of view. I too have endured a glorious New England summer that lasts only six weeks and the long, long winter that seems to last the rest of the year. And then here in the Memphis area, I just saw daffodils blooming and it's barely February, j ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Arctic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp, women
poorly written and entirely too predictable, complete with shallow, stereotypical characters whom you just want to slap. and I *like* fish-out-of-water scenarios. hello, northern exposure? even Joel Fleischman wasn't this tiresome to follow.

Not Recommended.
Jun 11, 2011 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a southern "princess" who moves to Vermont and has to face real life. Poor girl. She has to endure winter. You would think this is the worst hardship anyone has ever suffered. She and her husband buy a bed and breakfast / restaurant. The bed and breakfast seems to run itself, but she is involved with the restaurant. She whines about how the business is eating all of their savings, and they will soon use up most of the inheritance that daddy left her. But then she whines when ...more
This book was so not enjoyable for me I couldn't force myself to finish it so I won't actually rate it. The characters were so shallow that I couldn't stand any of them. It was hard for me to tell if the author was trying to make them like that on purpose or if she's just not my type (I'm thinking the latter). I'm sure the main character was supposed to become a better person by the end but after 75 pages I saw no signs of promise that she was going to become more bearable so I had to put it dow ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Rosalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rosalie by: Mickey Hill
This was reccommended to me by a parton. It is wonderful. I can't wait to finish it.
I finished this book... It was laugh out loud funny!... It's the story of a husband and wife who decide to move from Tennessee to Vermont to buy a bed and breakfast. This couple has lived in the South their entire lives. They have never experienced snow, black ice and winters that last until June! The wife owns a little Yorkshire Terrier named Princess Grace... When the first Nor'easter arrives the little dog re
Jul 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book! It was like the Ya Ya's meets Big Stone Gap meets Yankee Doodle. And I loved every second of it. As a Southern Girl myself, I loved the sayings, the feelings and the going-ons of all the characters, but most especially LeeLee and the other girls of the GK Agency. I couldn't stand that yellow-bellied husband of LeeLee's, Baker. I could stand, however, the great Peter, and can't wait to see what happens next in Lisa Patton's continuation, Yankee Doodle Dixie: A Novel. I ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Southern belle follows her manipulative husband to Vermont, where he has purchased a bed and breakfast, but then he disappears, or something, and she has to adjust and run the inn by herself. I'm sketchy on the details because I'm only on page whatever and I don't intend to finish it. The characters are unlikeable outlines, the plot seems to be based entirely on cliches and stereotypes, and life is too short.

I picked this up for a fun, you-go-girl kind of read, but it's just putting me in a bad
C.M. Keller
Sep 05, 2014 C.M. Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first attracted to this novel because I've lived in New England and Tennessee, and the thought of the culture clash between the two made me smile. After finishing, I can say this novel did not disappoint. It was a delight.The pacing was spot on, and the characters a delight. I appreciated the way LeeLee grew over the course of the novel as circumstances challenged and forced her to decide what kind of woman she wanted to be. Can't wait for the sequel.
Jun 28, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is chick lit at its best. There are clichés but some of the funniest scenes occur here. Leelee is taken from the South and plunked into Vermont where her husband, using her money, buys a ski lodge. She has to adjust to all the changes and then he leaves her to run it alone. Her Southern friends come through and she discovers herself and the strength that is in her. I loved Leelee. Hated Baker, her husband. What a jerk! The secondary characters are a good mix of Southern and Northern. I like ...more
Dec 15, 2010 Michaela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Formulaic without the junk-food joy of a lovable protagonist.
Jan 16, 2012 Christi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Aug 27, 2011 Cheryl Prentiss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jen let me borrow this book she had purchases. She had started to read and but could not get into it. I am going to give it a go and see how it is.

I realy disliked this book. I found the lead character to be yet again pathetic. She follows her husband up north where they purchase a bed and breakfast and where she subsuquently lets her employees and husband walk all over her. After her husband leaves her she does develop a backbone and the book starts to get better but the ending absolutely stun
Aug 29, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, humor, own-copy
True to Southern tradition, Southern women are as strong as steel and Leelee Satterfield is no exception to that rule. Her husband is an insensitive clod and not worthy of her. Said Clod thinks moving his family from Memphis across the country to Vermont will make him happier and he never hesitates to remember he has no experience running an inn, let alone being a chef. What Leelee makes of this horrible decision is sure to put a smile on your face and, if that doesn't do it, comparing weather i ...more
Apr 12, 2015 A rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
RUN AWAY - This book has a fun premise, but little else to recommend it. It's horrible. I only finished by reading 10 pages, skipping 10 pages, etc. the plot is so weak that it wouldn't hold water. Character development is a little better, but only marginally. No one would ever behave as the main character does, even if they were a "genteel" southern lady. Really, I don't give out too many five star reviews, but this only the second one star review I've ever written, so do yourself a favor and j ...more
May 14, 2010 Lizz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I am not destined to read a book that isn't part of a new series! This was a cute book. Great literature? Nope. Fun to read? Yep! LeeLee and family move from her beloved Memphis to Vermont because her husband wants to run a B&B. The usual mayhem ensues and LeeLee ends up having to evolve and grow. The supporting cast of characters are fun and interesting, people you would like to know yourself. The book ends in such a way that you know there is a sequel coming, which is going to b ...more
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Southern Belle Leelee Satterfield is surprised but ultimately supportive when her husband announces that his dream is to quit the family insurance business and buy an inn in Vermont. So she says goodbye to her life-long friends in Memphis, and with their two small daughters, moves the family to Vermont. But no one told her about Mud season or “vampire insects in summer. And when her husband takes off with a local divorcee, Leelee is left stranded in the frozen north with nary a friend in sight. ...more
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Feb 04, 2015 ♥Robin ♥ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
HMMMMMMMM.....I wish I could have given this book more than 2 stars especially given that the author is from my home state AND is currently living in my hometown. But all I can do is sit here and SMH.

What is so disappointing,is with the author being southern, she should know that the character that she created no longer exists especially at the age said character is. IF she wanted a true southern belle character like LeeLee then she would have to be the age of my mother or even my grandmother.
The novel opens with Leelee Satterfield whining. Yes, I understand that her dog died, but it was not an auspicious beginning for a book.

Leelee loves her husband, Baker Satterfield, dearly, but I was put off by the way he orders her around, never taking her feelings or needs into consideration. He uproots her from her gracious Memphis home, where she is surrounded by her family and lifelong friends, and moves her to a dirty, run-down B&B in Vermont, where she is expected to renovate, do the
Apr 04, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Before starting the book, I read a bunch of the reviews and walked away thinking I had picked a dud book. I will admit that I worked hard to stay neutral as I read. I will admit that after a few chapters I did tire of the naive southern princess moaning and whining about the north. Her character was a little one dimensional. Some readers found issue with the fact that she blindly followed her husband to Vermont and saw it as a horrible quality of the book. I personally think it's refreshing to s ...more
This is one of those "After an embarrassing event involving her significant male other, a formerly mousy female finds her inner strength" books. In this one it's a Southern Belle who allows her husband to drag her to Vermont, where they have purchased an inn, largely with her inheritance. In short order the protagonist Leelee finds herself at odds with the inn's former owners/current mortgage holders, and struggles to make things work while caring for her two kids. Enter embarrassing and devasta ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition






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Sometimes part of what makes a good book is reading the right story at the right time. For me, that's where this book came in. In a time where I was feeling a lot of personal stress in my life it was refreshing to read a novel about a charter going through stressful experiences and managing to make her own happy ever after. If there's a moral to the story it's that how you view your life has a direct
Feb 07, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Whistlin' Dixie was a really cute book about a Southern Belle trying to survive in Vermont, after her husband decides to uproot their entire life & buy a B&B. There were a few parts that made me LOL & one part in particular that made me tear up a little. I really enjoyed this book & look forward to reading more about Leelee & the GK Agency in the sequel.
Feb 15, 2014 Janel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relaxing, tea sipping, nestling under the throw blankets on the sofa kind of book describing Vermont winters that make the miserable one here in Upstate NY this year, look like nothing. Main heroine LeeLee is from Memphis, moving to Vermont to follow the dream of her husband to run an Inn. It was filled with stereotypical northern-southern characters and lots of phrases like "Bless his heart" that got on my Nirvana after a while and made me happy to be a yankee. I enjoyed this book for the mos ...more
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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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