Title: Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter
Author: Lisa Patton
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Leelee Satterfield is happy with her life, she really is. She and her husband, Baker, have two beautiful daughters who Leelee is devoted to. She has lived in Memphis her whole life and adores the city – her life, her friends, and everything she knows is there.
So when Baker concocts a hare-brained scheme in order to move himself, Leelee, and the girls to Vermont in order to run an inn, Leelee is completely against the idea. After all, she loves her life in Memphis and has no desire to leave! But Leelee has never been able to say no to Baker, so she reluctantly agrees to at least consider the idea. Little does she know that with that small concession, she will completely change her life and everything she thought she wanted.
Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter is a book that is full to the brim with Southern charm. The book positively oozes with goodwill and cheerfulness, even at the most dejecting points in the novel. It’s a book that is the embodiment of fun and laughter – if you like Southern novels, you won’t want to miss this novel.
Leelee was a wonderful character that I really enjoyed reading about. She was sweet and kind, but she was also very feisty. She really cracked me up at times. Additionally, she was an incredibly strong woman without even realizing it. At the beginning of the novel, she was a bit of a pushover, very eager to please so that everyone liked her. But she really found her backbone over the course of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter. The times when she actually stands up for herself are both gratifying and hilarious – you want to cheer her on as you’re reading! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and was sorry to leave Leelee when the book was over.
Baker drove me crazy, and not in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, he was incredibly well-written – but his character was just frustrating. He was incredibly selfish, never thinking of how his actions would affect his family. I couldn’t believe he was so cavalier about making his entire family pick up and start a new life simply on his whim, especially considering the money he was using was Leelee’s inheritance from her father. Patton did a very good job in portraying him as selfish and closed off – I never really got to know him in this novel, and I felt like that was deliberate.
The process of running an inn was very interesting to me – I only wish there had been more information about it! You never really consider that it’s a 24/7 job for these people – Leelee’s strength and ability to adapt to any situation really impressed me. The fact that she had mild breakdowns while doing it only served to add to the humor of the novel!
I have to say, I didn’t really understand the end of the book. I mean, I got what happened, but I can’t imagine why the author chose to end the novel the way she did – unless she’s planning on writing a sequel? Of course, I would welcome that with open arms!
I thoroughly enjoyed Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter and highly recommend it for any fans of Southern fiction. Leelee’s voice is wonderful, and you’ll have a difficult time putting down this heartwarming debut novel.