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Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

(Dixie #1)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  4,659 ratings  ·  628 reviews
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 the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated…and her three best friends are outraged. But she's loved Baker Satterfield since the tenth grade, how can she not indulge his dream? ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 25th 2009)
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Jennifer
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Erin
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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, ...more
Martha Davis
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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,
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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 ...more
Denise
Feb 15, 2010 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
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Holly
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
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
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Bubba61909
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Laura
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Arctic
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 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.
Michaela
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Formulaic without the junk-food joy of a lovable protagonist.
Casey Darnell
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
"You are so selfish. How could I ever have been so blind?"

I love this book. A lot of the reviews are fairly bad, and I'll get into that, but I relate so much to so many parts of this book. Both as a southern expat living in the north and as someone who's gone through a nasty divorce.

A lot of the negativity towards this book come from the way that Leelee, the main character, does whatever her husband wants and seems to have no backbone. (She doesn't remain that way though.) Leelee, being raised
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Christi
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Colleen
Jun 11, 2011 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
Kelly
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 ...more
Kate
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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Laura
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Rosalie
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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C.M. Keller
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Maria
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Donna
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leelee Satterfield was raised to be the perfect southern lady, which is why she followed her husband's dream of opening an Inn in Vermont intending to make the best of it. Packing up her daughters, Isabella and Sarah, along with her beloved Princess Grace Kelly, she was determined to stand with Baker. But, Tennessee and Vermont are two very different places, and the adjustment was going to be very difficult at times.

Pick up this book and you will be transported to Vermont for all of the best
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Lisa
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I strongly disliked the first few chapters set in Memphis. The friends and their conversations - so ridiculous. I became more interested once the setting moved to Vermont, and found myself turning pages to see what happens next. I'm not sure I will read the other books in the trilogy, but I am curious about what happens with some of the characters.
Judi Asdell
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thought this was a good read which kind of lagged right in the middle but all in all I enjoyed the book. Got the other two in the series and am now reading "Yankee Doodle Dixie" which continues right where the last book ended. Looking forward to "Southern as a second language" by same author. I do enjoy a book with a touch of "southern" wit.
Rebecca
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reader-s-choice
I almost gave up on this book! But Leelee finally showed some grit and it was fun to see the character grow. Stereotypes aside, this is an entertaining and clean novel that I'm reading and discussing with my friends. It looks like I might put the second book on my to-read list. ...more
Kay
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kind of like a chick-flick.......
Sheila
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nancy H
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The characters are wonderful (except for the one you love to hate!) and the setting is great. My brother lives in New England also, in northern New Hampshire on the Vermont border, so I can verify that the winters are exactly like the one described in the book. He and my sister-in-law both talk a lot about Mud Season, so what you read in this book is very real. I had not read this author before, but am ordering the next book in this series because this one was so good. ...more
Cheryl Prentiss
Aug 20, 2011 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
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Jan
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, own-copy, chicklit
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 ...more
A
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Lizz
May 13, 2010 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 ...more
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Lisa Patton, author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has over 20 years experience working in the music and entertainment business, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She lives in ...more

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