Yankee Doodle Dixie (Dixie, #2)
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Yankee Doodle Dixie (Dixie #2)

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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 L...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 16th 2011)
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Shari
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...more
Christi
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Marion
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.
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
Linda
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.

This...more
Shawn
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
Cathy
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
Stacy
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
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.
Vickie
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
Terry V
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...more
Cheryl
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
Krystal
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...more
Beth Stevens
Great sequel to - Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. The end feels a bit rushed but still a good one.
Julie Ann Listi
So boring. Took me 6 months to finish it. Seriously.
Charlotte Lynn
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...more
Beth
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...more
Melissa
***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...more
Sidna
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...more
Gabrielle
I won this book as a giveaway through goodreads.com'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
Jessica Galvin
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.
Kristine
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...more
Stephanie
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.
Stacey Lavoie
I didn't make it through this one, which is rare for me. But, maybe that is becoming more common as I get older and have less time to devote to reading. I don't want to waste time on something that I am not enjoying.

The basic framework was good, but I kept thinking "this book got published before the final revision". Nice writing came to a jarring halt with a sentence that was more like the author's note to fill in some details. There were contradictions that again felt more like thoughts left b...more
Carrie Rundhaug
Yankee Doodle Dixie is the sequel to Whistlin Dixie in a Nor' Easter. It's also the first book we decided to read this year for Book club.

In Yankee Doodle Dixie we once again meet LeeLee and her friends. They are once again all wonderful characters and added so much to the overall plot of the story. None of the characters have grown in this book except Leelee. She is as strong as ever and in this book. She finally stands up for herself and takes her life into her own hands. I enjoyed watching he...more
Tonya
Fans of southern writing unite! Hooray another author knows how to write southern fiction!

I didn't read the first one, but I thought this one stood alone fine. I do think it would have been nice to have the background but that is ok! LeeLee is just a woman whom it seems nothing EVER goes right!

I have never lived in the south, I have always wanted to though! With LeeLee's friends, I am sure she can make it through anything! I loved every single character in this book, and I really loved the cover...more
Deborah
Falls short of its predecessor. Sloppy editing and time-line inconsistencies among other things. Story line was weak and unrealistic at times.
Ann Cromie
A fun read if you ever lived in Memphis. She took me back to all the light hearted, charming parts of Memphis and left out all the dark, disturbing parts. A light enjoyable read not unlike sweet tea!
Heather
Follow up to "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter" which I really enjoyed. A southern lady moves to a bed and breakfast in Vermont. After moving to Vermont to take on the new business, a bed & breakfast, her husband took his leave and left her in a world of confusion, heartache, joys of new discoveries and a new sense of confidence for her.

This book picks up after a period of time when she returns to Memphis.

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I really enjoyed this follow up. It was a little slow at f...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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