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Southern belle Leelee Satterfield leaves her beloved Memphis, Tennessee, to follow her husband's dream of managing a quaint Vermont inn. But when they arrive, young daughters and ancient Yorkie in tow, they discover pretty fast that there's a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there. When Leelee is left swindled and snowbound, she's forced toSouthern belle Leelee Satterfield leaves her beloved Memphis, Tennessee, to follow her husband's dream of managing a quaint Vermont inn. But when they arrive, young daughters and ancient Yorkie in tow, they discover pretty fast that there's a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there. When Leelee is left swindled and snowbound, she's forced to confront the true depth of her Southern grit in this foreign town....

Title : Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter
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ISBN : 9781433296932
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Number of Pages : 10 Pages
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Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-16 07:41

    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 minute money is scarce and the future of the inn is in doubt, the next minute the heroine has no problem spending $350 to bury her dead dog in the middle of a Vermont winter. The plucky single mother soap box was truly irritating. Leelee never has a babysitter cancel five minutes before the dinner rush. The children are always playing happily in another room. She always seems to get enough sleep, even though she's doing the job of two parents. Everything seems to work out perfectly for her. Another problem for me is the inn itself. It's supposedly a popular B&B with a four star restaurant, but the smell of mildew, cigarette smoke and body odor is enough to make Leelee almost lose her lunch, not to mention the dust and grime that supposedly covers the place. How is this inn popular again? And I won't even get into the whole husband plotline because it just frustrated me so much. I won't lie, the resolution was poorly thought out. I just didn't buy it- the way the situation with the inn was resolved, the situation with Peter, etc. I started rolling my eyes with about 20 pages to go, and I just decided to grit it out. Finally, this author managed to hit one of my main writing pet peeves OVER and OVER again. When a character is from a foreign country and/or we are told they have an accent, it is NOT NECESSARY to write out that accent phonetically. The reader most likely *knows* what a German accent sounds like. Give them some credit and let them use their imaginations! There is no reason to write "Vat ees dis?" as opposed to "What is this?" This happened over and over in the book with all sorts of accents- German, French, Southern, New Jersey, Yankee. Truly, it's like nails on a blackboard for me. At the end of the day I wanted charming, and instead I got boring.

  • Martha Davis
    2019-04-05 10:40

    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, it seemed a little to quick and maybe not the most thought out. It was a case of "I know how I want it to end so let's just make it happen" kind of ending.Oh and, I totally want book kids. This in one of those books where the kids are there for amusing anecdotes but then are conveniently "in the other room" when not part of the story. Their like soap opera babies. I think I've got to get me some of those.Mostly, it was a fun read and move me along on my quest. But I don't feel the need to own this one.

  • Erin
    2019-04-13 10:50

    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, does not want to move to VT, she lists all her husband’s good traits that make her think she should move, just because he wants to: he "lets" her buy clothes, he “let” her have children…WHAT???? Again, WHAT???? And her husband pouts when he doesn’t get his way – also a big whoop-de-frickin’-do from yours truly. I mean, grow a pair already!

  • Ellen (more books, please)
    2019-04-25 07:25

    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/situations. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on certain things and it never did. Situations would happen that would have ramifications and consequences in the real world but apparently not in this world.Much more time was spent discussing how annoyingly different Vermont is than Tennessee than dealing with issues.But for some reason I want to read the second one, hoping to see some closure So I am obviously still trying to like it.It is a very clean book, no sex or drugs, a couple of four-letter words.

  • Holly
    2019-03-27 07:31

    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 grew to care very much for Leelee and despise Baker. And then I was team Peter, even up until the last word of the book. This book is a casual read with a few twists of unexpected events that kept me turning the pages and now has me eager to read the next in the series. This book isn't a work of literature so I don't consider it a must read. But it's a fun read for both the Southern Belle and her Yankee opposite. You are entertained by the characters with their quirky, cultural personalities. You will enjoy spending time in a Vermont Bed and Breakfast surviving a Nor'easter then racing back to the Deep South to avoid another.

  • Bubba61909
    2019-04-17 10:30

    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. That is a pretty "spot on" statement about how we talk. I thought this was a good book for anyone who is looking for a good story. There is no violence or war but shows what someone can do with their back against the wall. I recommend this book to anyone.

  • Laura
    2019-04-06 10:50

    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, just as the authors describes. I also shared Leelee's mission to see a moose when I lived up north. Those little bits of common experiences made it a fun read for me.

  • Denise
    2019-04-06 13:34

    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 exaggerated that they weren't very believable or likable. The plot was predictable and I flat out couldn't stand LeeLee. I'm sure this book has an appreciative audience, but it wasn't me!

  • Arctic
    2019-04-24 14:25

    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
    2019-04-20 08:20

    Formulaic without the junk-food joy of a lovable protagonist.

  • Christi
    2019-04-17 10:45

    This was a book I just grabbed off the recently returned shelf at the library. I really enjoyed this book. The "fish out of water" twist was a lot of fun. Being a native New Englander I can only imaging how foreign Vermont (and all that snow!) would feel to a Southern Belle. The first half of the book, LeeLee is a little whiny and spoiled, but it was totally justified. She did try to keep a smile on her face and mostly complained in her own head. This was a difficult transition to move from a big city where she had tons of support and a life she knew to a small town where she had to find her own way. I'm so happy her girlfriends surprised her with a visit to Vermont. They were the tonic she needed to move forward and create her own life. I also liked watching LeeLee make friends in Vermont. The people she meets are unlike the lifelong friends she's had but she really makes the most of these new experiences. I didn't like how she just avoided dealing with Baker after he left. She just lets him take the girls for dinner but doesn't formalize any support or schedule? She's so eager to get back to Memphis, so why doesn't she call an attorney from home to start serving papers to him in Vermont? He's also fine with her just taking the girls back to Memphis and he'll see them for a few weeks in the summer?I also don't understand how Baker is fine just walking away from the inn and leaving it in LeeLee's hands. Is that because it was her father's money that funded most of the move so he doesn't feel invested? He set up the cockamamie agreement where the previous owners would hold the mortgage AND run the inn that caused so much of the strife to begin with. Why didn't they get a loan from a bank? Especially if they sold their $500K house and bought the inn for $385K, there shouldn't have been a need for a mortgage. I did guess the twist at the end of the book. It was pretty obvious that it was coming. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to the sequel. Because I did like LeeLee and hope to see her grow and become a successful inn owner in her hometown.

  • Colleen
    2019-04-07 07:27

    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 her husband gives her snow boots for Christmas instead of the diamond earrings she wants. She belittles the appearance and accent of every Vermonter she meets. No wonder her husband leaves her halfway through the book!The rest of the story is pretty predictable, so I won't go any further. It isn't a horrible book, but very light weight.

  • Rosalie
    2019-03-26 13:34

    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 refuses to do it's business outside and leaves litte surprises all over the inn. If you want a light hearted, humorous quick read; this is the one for you!

  • Kate
    2019-04-25 13:21

    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 mood. Why can't fiction about lighthearted scenarios ever be written well? Is there some kind of law against that?

  • Laura
    2019-04-24 11:42

    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 know it'll be great!

  • Kelly
    2019-04-20 13:35

    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 down. I only read this for a book club so I knew it wasn't exactly up my alley to begin with. The plot idea could have been cute but this was disappointing.

  • C.M. Keller
    2019-04-19 09:40

    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
    2019-03-31 12:33

    Spoiler alert: this review contains plot details.This is a book I grabbed off the shelf at the library to listen to while driving. Totally random.I had a lot of problems with the plot of this book. Southern businessman suddenly decides that it's his life-long dream (and he's never mention this to his wife since the day they met?) to own and operate and be a cook in a B&B. In Vermont. As a dutiful Southern wife, Leelee follows him to the frigid north, where it's winter about 9 months out of the year (I wonder how true Vermonters feel about that), where, within a few weeks, her husband meets a blonde bombshell 10 years his senior, and he walks out of his wife and children (on their anniversary, no less!) and goes off to be her business manager of a ski resort, leaving Leelee to run the B&B on her own. Oh, and he buys the place from an obviously slimy real estate agent and agrees to allow the previous owners hold the mortgage and stay on to show them the ropes. They are a hugely disagreeable couple who literally stink and their cuisine is horrible, and the woman is plotting to get her "inn" back. So why did they sell it in the first place? There are so many plot holes in this premise I don't even know where to begin. Nobody with that much money could possibly be that stupid. Nevertheless, I hung in there (because there was nothing else to listen to) and resisted the urge to turn around and return the book to the library on the second or third CD. After a while, the plot didn't get any better, but the basic story line of Leelee's trials to overcome her situation, to get rid of the evil Helga, and a romance that blossoms, becomes interesting enough that I wanted to find out how it ends, and the ending was pretty good, at least the romantic part. The characters were okay, and I was dissatisfied with how things were left the new owners. The writing was pretty good. I kind of disliked how spoiled Leelee was. In spite of it all, though, I went right out to find out if there is a sequel (there is...written 4 years later, probably because people demanded to know the answers to all the questions I was having), and am now listening to it, so it must not have been all that bad. I would give it 3.5 stars, rounded to 4.

  • Donna
    2019-03-30 12:44

    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 and worst of times. Nor'easters, black flies, "stick season," "mud season," etc. Watch how this southern belle learns to stand on her own amidst truly devastating times. Come meet the "families" - Virginia, Mary Jule, and Alice; along with Peter, Roberta, Jeb, and Pierre. I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I have the other two in the "Dixie Series" on hold at the library. The reading was easy and quick, the story filled with wonderful details about life in Vermont. I recommend this to readers of all types. You won't be disappointed!

  • Sheila
    2019-04-13 13:39

    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 liked that Leelee learned she had the abilities to handle what Baker threw at her when he left her. I also liked that she created a family where she was. She grew where she was planted and I want to see what happens to her later.

  • Nancy H
    2019-03-30 10:42

    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. The theme of friendship no matter where the friends find themselves geographically comes through loud and clear. Definitely a good read!

  • Jan
    2019-04-23 12:26

    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 in Tennessee to weather in Vermont should. A cozy little read meant to entertain. No deep thinking involved.

  • Cheryl Prentiss
    2019-04-26 09:25

    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 stunk. The lead character not only looses her backbone and moves back home but leaves behind a new budding romance and successfull B&B.

  • A
    2019-04-12 09:50

    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 just put this one down, or take it off your to read list, or whatever. If not just remember, I told you so.

  • Lizz
    2019-04-01 13:35

    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 be a book that going onto the top of my TBR pile when it's released.

  • Kendra West-barry
    2019-04-26 14:35

    At first I thought this book was set in the 1950's. Leelee had some very dated ideas about women and marriage. The author stayed very close to the chick-lit formula. There were no real surprises. I did enjoy the Vermont characters. They're the reason I'm giving this book three stars instead of two.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-24 10:41

    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.

  • Brandy
    2019-03-28 10:49

    I loved this book! LeeLee reminded me of my mom. A woman defined by her husband and children until one day that is all turned upside down. LeeLee finds strength and grace and becomes a wonderfully independant woman. This book is packed full of humor and is a heart-warming read.

  • Amanda Ishtayeh
    2019-03-28 07:47

    Fun predictable book but I loved it! I needed a little romance and chick lit so this is perfect. Characters are fun and likeable...Only real criticism is that they did not mention how much Baker, her husband was never liked. Then when it kept coming did not ring true.

  • 42day
    2019-03-31 15:43

    A yummy scrumptious peek into a southern belles misadventures in po' dunk Yankee-ville. A good read if a man has ever broken your heart and left you in a bind.