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Yankee Doodle Dixie

(Dixie #2)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,166 ratings  ·  269 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. ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
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
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Definitely chick-lit, which is not my usual book genre, but a cute, if a tad far-fetched, story overall. I did not read Whistlin' Dixie In A Nor'easter, Patton's first book of her Dixie trilogy but this story stands fine on its own.
One note: Whoever was the editor for this book should have to refund their salary because there are so many glaring timeline inconsistencies that are truly annoying. For example: if Leelee saw Elvis in Graceland's yard she would have to be in her mid to late 40's not
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.

Rebecca Hanna
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sharon Huether
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship, chick-lit
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
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.
Kathy Gardner
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Funny and interesting because I lived in Memphis so long, it was familiar.
Jocelyn Bailey
We read this for book club.
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
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Leelee has moved back to Memphis after about a year away in Vermont. Her husband left her after talking her into the move. Just as she started to fall for Pete, she got the chance to move home and she jumped on it.

Now she’s back with her best friends and her mother figure Kissie.

She starts work at a radio job which introduces some entertaining storylines when she meets some famous musicians.

It took me awhile to get into it. But I enjoyed it. I think the portions of the story at the radio station
Kalisa Hyman
Well I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the first one. For one thing, too much of it is spent on her job at the fictional Memphis radio station FM99- which isn’t nearly as charming or interesting as running a Vermont inn. Plus, knowing the author did work at the actual Memphis radio station FM100 makes you wonder who up there is the bully boss and who is the smarmy DJ with the fat ass and stinky breath.

The whole Elvis week section seemed added for the sake of having more stereotypical Mem
Sally Andrews
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book two in this series was just as much fun as book one! It's a story of a sweet Southern girl with some standards and a moral compass. In book one, she followed her husband's dream to Vermont to run a bed and breakfast, only for him to leave her for a ski bunny. She makes the B and B a success, falls for the chef, sells the B and B, and moves back to Memphis.

In book two she gets a job, gets on her feet, has fun with her girlfriends, and learn that some men are just not good news. After opening
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Kathy J.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I love the quirky characters that are imperfectly, but yet perfectly flawed. They are relatable in many aspects. I loved the ending. Just a good easy, funny read. For the most part, it held my attention which is a rare find these days. Oh and to make it crazy, I just saw that Lisa was a southern author and I picked the book up and read it giving no mind that it was the second in the series. I definitely enjoyed it without reading the first. Now I am 1/4 way through the first one on A ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second book in the series has Leelee back in Memphis with her two small daughters. After giving up living in Vermont and running an inn there, Leelee must find a job. Her first is at an FM radio station which has its perks, but her boss is next to impossible. Also, reconnecting with her three best friends has her getting into all sorts of predicaments. Spoiler alert: When Leelee quits that job with "dignity", she realizes how much she enjoyed having her own gourmet restaurant, and decides to ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, southern, ebook
Leelee part deux! I think I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. Once again Leelee makes bad choices when it comes to men. It also doesn't help when her friends force her into situations that are questionable at best. Ultimately Leelee finds her gumption & makes some good life choices. I ripped through this book faster than I thought possible. I have high hopes for the third in the series, I hope it lives up to my dreams! ...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 Nashvi ...more

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