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Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010

4 out of 5 stars 147 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dixie Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In Patton's plucky debut, naïve daddy's girl Leelee Satterfield acquiesces yet again to her spoiled husband, Baker, who wants to move the family of four from Leelee's beloved Memphis to middle-of-nowhere Vermont to buy and run an inn. Leelee grudgingly agrees to keep the inn as is for a year while the former owners, less-than-personable German siblings Helga and Rolf Schloygin, dictate how the delicate Southern belle should run her home and the business. Though readers will initially agree with Helga's stern pointers, they will inevitably adore Leelee as she weathers each storm, gaining backbone while simultaneously shedding the helpless princess persona. Her transformation is (of course) accomplished with the aid of boisterous best friends, unlikely new allies and a heaping helping of girl power. The author is none-too-subtle about the changes (Leelee, for instance, never, ever would have had the nerve to say any of the things I did if Daddy were still alive), and, though owing heavily to formula, Patton's novel delivers on its feel-good moments and inspiring fantasies of finally making it on your own. (Oct.)
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Advance Praise for Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter:

"Funny, heartfelt and loaded with southern charm…You'll laugh out loud at as Leelee Satterfield plants her debutante flag on the snowy fields of Vermont.  You'll be whistlin' "more, more!" by novel's end.  I promise. "

--Adriana Trigiani, bestelling author of the Big Stone Gap series and Lucia, Lucia


“Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, here it comes---the North/South split as seen from a brand new perspective. I absolutely DEVOURED this yummy novel, all at one sitting.  Lisa Patton serves up genuine romance, wisdom, and humor at this B&B---with plenty of smart social observation on the side. Sweet, sassy, and very entertaining!”

--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls


Lisa Patton draws you into each moment of this wonderfully heartbreaking yet hilarious journey of self-enlightenment.  Whistlin’ Dixie is truly a page-turner from beginning to end. --Jeff Bridges


“Memphis belle Leelee heads for Vermont, trading iced tea and kudzu for black ice, black flies, and a winter that lasts well into May. The results? An amusing, touching novel about a steel magnolia who faces an extreme culture clash and must decide if she wants to set down roots in red clay or snow.  Whistlin’ in Dixie in a Nor’easter is a fabulous, feel-good read.”

--Karin Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze


"Lisa Patton brings Northerners and Southerners together in this heartwarming and funny tale."

--T. Lynn Ocean, author of the Jersey Barnes series


"In her debut novel Lisa Patton paints a beautiful portrait of friendship, and one woman's journey finding herself, with tears and laughter along the way. I loved it."

--Christopher Cross, Grammy Award-winning Singer-songwriter


Lisa Patton knows her way around "Southern Belles" and "Vermonsters" alike-and spares neither with her humor and wit in this fun romp....a promising debut for comic fiction.

--Tracy McArdle, author of Real Women Eat Beef


"Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter gives you a heroine to root for and a book that keeps you turning pages.  A delightful read." 

--Linda Francis Lee, bestselling author of The Ex-Debutante


Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312658893
  • ASIN: B0058M5THY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After thirteen years at an all-girls school in Memphis and a house full of sisters, Lisa Patton headed for co-ed life at the University of Alabama where she received a BA in Communications. Forever the music lover, Lisa landed her first job at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis as a manager and show promoter before transitioning into radio promotions at WMC-FM 100, the top-rated Memphis landmark station. It was there she received Billboard Magazine's Promotion Director of the Year award. The birth of her two sons made it difficult to emcee nightly charity auctions and movie premieres so Lisa shifted into TV promotion at the NBC affiliate, WMC-TV Channel 5. Writing radio and TV promotional spots, character voice bits and news promos made up a large part of both jobs. A three-year stint in the restaurant business as an innkeeper in Vermont added diversity to her deeply rooted southern heritage and it was there that Lisa got the inspiration for her bestselling novel, WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER.

After three sub-zero winters, though, Lisa's compass pointed south again and she sped back to Tennessee to de-thaw. A year later she returned to the Music Industry and went to work for recording artist, Michael McDonald, working on several albums and DVD projects including the Grammy nominated, certified Platinum, Motown. When Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee called with an offer to produce the Summer Concert Series, Lisa eagerly accepted and remained in that position until writing became a full-time job.

Lisa is now the bestselling author of WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER and YANKEE DOODLE DIXIE. Both novels have been featured on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Bestseller List and her third novel, SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, is the final book in the Whistlin' Dixie series.

When she's not writing Lisa guides walking tours of Historic Downtown Franklin, her hometown in Tennessee and is a contributing writer for SOUTHERN EXPOSURE magazine. Currently at work on her fourth book, Lisa is the proud mother of two sons and a little Havanese pooch named Rosie. To learn more about her, please visit Lisa's Web site at www.lisapatton.com.

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This is a delightful book. It took so many experiences of relocating and shed a very humorous light on them. I learned so much about Vermont, B&B's, and running a restaurant.
While from the South, I found the references to Southern ways to be so very true, we need to giggle at ourselves sometimes.
I found the universal truths in the book to come from the character development of many of the characters, but especially LeeLee. I could so relate to her in the way that she had to pull it together for her family's survival and in the process became a stronger person. Each of the main characters developed as the story unfolded, again making this book so relevant at so many levels.
I truly enjoyed reading a book that was related to real life and made me laugh at the true reality of it all!
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While this novel was not the most compelling story I have ever read, I did find it to be an enjoyable book, and Ms. Patton did a nice job conveying the difference in culture that exists between Southerners and New Englanders. Having lived 9 years in New Hampshire/VT, and 8 years in Tennessee - I can relate to the stereotypes of both. I think Ms. Patton very well captures what I view as the Southern perspective on Yankees and the Southern philosopy on life in general. I'm not sure she was able to portray all the nuances of the Northerner and life in northern New England (how did she forget to mention frost heaves??) but the flavor was there. I think Ms. Patton was able to poke a little fun at both Northerners and Southerners alike, and perhaps reveal a little insight as to why we so frequently misunderstand each other's intent and nature. Overall - this was a quick fun read, and will be especially humorous to those of us who have lived both above and below the Mason Dixon line.
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Okay, I gave it five stars, all right? And it's not War and Peace, okay? And I hardly ever give a book five stars, y'all know that! But I loved this book. Wonder if it's 'cause I'm a a pure-D southern girl right down to my painted toenails myself? Now I realize some of y'all that reviewd this book gave it only one or two stars and and I know why! Y'all are Yankees! Bless your hearts. I'm real sorry but not all of us could be born south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Seriously, I did love this book and barely put it down from start to finish. It was entertaining! It was light! It was fun! And Miss Lisa was 100% spot on with Leelee's southern voice! If you are looking for an upbeat book that will leave a smile on your face, I recommend Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, especially if you were raised in the south. And never mind that Leelee started out as maybe a little sheltered and closed-minded in the beginning. She grew, and that's what characters in a novel are supposed to do.

And by the way, just so you northern girls won't think I gave this book so many stars for all the wrong reasons, I wasn't a cheerleader, I didn't have a rich daddy who left me a trust fund, and even though I can still barely believe it, I didn't marry a philanderin', good-lookin' southern boy, but of all things, a Yankee! I still can't hardly believe it!

Oh, and one more thing: Leelee was right about Pepsi!!!
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I found this book in the bargain bin and thought it might be a fun read for a particularly snowy winter here in the Northeast, but I had to force myself to continue to read it after the first few chapters.
The "heroine" is spoiled, selfish, self-absorbed, sheltered and close-minded. Granted, this all gets put to the test, but the narrator of this book is so unlikeable that you pretty much don't even care about her after a while. It sounds as if she wanted to write a book about being a popular cheerleader in high school who snags the cutest guy, then goes onto be a sorority girl in college with her best friends from childhood (heaven forbid she should befriend someone who isn't exactly like her), then leads a easy, privileged life off Daddy's money and connections.

Then she stuffed a plot around this and called it a day.

This is a character most readers are able to relate to?

With WAY too many great books to read, I wouldn't recommend someone else wasting their time or money on this one.
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This is a book full of humor, love and adventure. I loved every minute of it
and read it in two days. I really look forward to Lisa's next novel and hope
it picks up where this one leaves off. A wonderful book. Congratulations,
to a great writer. No boring moments.
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Wow. Let's see. The poor wealthy debutante heroine is offered a Pepsi by the Yankee realtor. She should've KNOWN life was about to take a nose dive! I mean, come on! Is she really expected to suffer like this? Pepsi! For a Southern belle! Oh, the humanity.

Okay, kidding aside, I really wanted to like this book. But as others have pointed out, it was so riddled with stereotypes that it bordered on the ridiculous. Southern women are Steel Magnolias, y'all, and ain't no one ever gonna love you more than your sorority sisters and Daddy. Southern men are philanderin', good-lookin' devils, bless their hearts. Yankees...well, ever since the War of Northern Aggression, I think y'all know where we stand on them uptight, repressed, unfriendly fatties.

Sigh. Hard to believe this one got published. So disappointing. This book is a strike against Southern authors everywhere.
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