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Yankee Doodle Dixie (Dixie #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,649 Ratings  ·  225 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 L
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 16th 2011)
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Mar 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 rated it did not like it
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 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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After finishing this book I was ready to give it a lower than 3 rating. This is one instance where waiting a bit and letting things settle was beneficial to the author. The writer is obviously a wonderful storyteller but she needs help. So I've decided to focus on what was good about the book in order to assign a rating and for that reason it's gets 3 stars. Mind you it only just barely eeked out those stars. Let me do my best to explain.....

As you may be able to see from my first update I was q
Sarah Beth
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniella Nordin
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Lin Ryals
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I felt a little annoyed at the bait and switch of the series. The first book is about how a youngish middle aged mom, LeeLee, reinvents her life after her husband uproots the family to follow his dream. It was not a deep introspective, but a light, fun (and a bit basic) read showing the power of friendship and finding inner strength. However, this book is all about boys. . . and they all decide how and when to be part of LeeLee's life because she is incapable of standing up to any of them, setti ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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,
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 rated it did not like it
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.
Kathy Gardner
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Funny and interesting because I lived in Memphis so long, it was familiar.
Beth Stevens
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great sequel to - Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. The end feels a bit rushed but still a good one.
Julie Ann Listi
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
So boring. Took me 6 months to finish it. Seriously.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm about to add a new shelf called "couldn't get through it" or "couldn't tolerate it". I swear I've read the first book, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, but apparently I didn't log it into GoodReads. Probably because I wanted to forget I had. Sigh. Regardless, I started Yankee Doodle Dixie and made it to page 27 before I just gave up. I like a quick read fluffy summer read as much as anyone but good grief, this one was too much. Full of crazy outmoded southern stereotypes, lunching at the cou ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much of Kissy going mmm mmmmmm mmm
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Big step down from previous book in series. Both had basically the same ending.
Joni Payne
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Love this cover! It's what drew me in!
The story is good, I think I expected more.

Sharon Huether
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, friendship
Leelee was an inn keeper in Vermont, she wanted change and to go back to her Southern roots which were in Tennessee.
Through many trials, Leelee finds a large home in Tennessee to make into her Peach themed Inn. She also finds the perfect cook.
This was a charming Southern novel
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabrielle (GabAboutBooks)
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
My like for Leelee vacillated in Whistlin Dixie. And I found the same love/hate with her in Yankee Doodle Dixie.

I liked her so much better when she was in Vermont. And I liked her Vermont friends better, also. This is hard for me to accept being a Southern Belle, myself. Her Vermont friends just seem more genuine and sincere while her Memphis friends seem to be superficial living life to impress others.

I find myself frustrated that Patton developed the characters like this. Or at least that's
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
***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
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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. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and ...more
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“Life has thrown you a curveball, baby. But it don't mean you need to throw all you know out the winda' neither. The Lawd is gonna give you another chance at love but you must be smart about it.” 3 likes
“It doesn't take a wizard to figure out the last thing a girl should do is go running hundreds of miles away from home to Vermont just because a man asks her to do so.” 0 likes
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