Southern as a Second Language

A Novel

Dixie Series (Volume 3)

Lisa Patton

Thomas Dunne Books

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Not only do Southerners talk slowly, but sometimes the whole language is hard to understand. No one realizes that more than Memphis belle Leelee Satterfield. Since she debuted in Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Leelee has entertained tens of thousands of readers. Watching her tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance. Now that she’s back in Memphis, and starting a new relationship with Peter, the Yankee chef from her New England inn, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy her newly crafted life back home in Dixie. But that just wouldn’t be as much fun.

Opening up a new restaurant with Peter isn’t as easy as she had anticipated, especially when it comes to the differences between the North and the South. When Leelee’s ex-husband, Baker, returns unexpectedly, everything else goes haywire. Throw her three crazy best friends into the mix; Riley, her meddlesome next-door neighbor who sells Pampered Chef for a living; and Kissie, Leelee’s beloved second mother who claims Riley sits on her “last raw nerve,” and you have the perfect recipe for a sassy, Southern delicacy.

Lisa Patton's Southern as a Second Language is an endearing and chuckle-inducing tale that keeps us guessing up to the very last page how it all works out in the end. Whether among maple trees in Vermont or magnolia-filled Memphis, Leelee’s charm, heart, and laughter will delight readers in any climate.

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Chapter One
 
 
Sometimes a little white lie is just the kindest thing. I mean, what in the world was I supposed to tell Riley, my agitating next-door neighbor, when he rang my doorbell one October morning and asked if he could work at my brand-new restaurant as Peter’s sous chef? My mind raced in a thousand directions and my initial thought was to say, “That is so nice, Riley. I tell you what, though, I’ll need to talk to Peter about this and get back with you.” At the very least, it would have taken the onus off me.

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Praise for Southern as a Second Language:

“Reading Southern as a Second Language is like sitting with a keen-eyed, witty best friend while she whispers her secrets that seem meant only for you. Lisa Patton writes with profound intimacy as she reveals the wonder of love and acceptance and its transcendent power to change a life.”
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of And Then I Found You

“Patton’s third novel featuring Southern belle Leelee Satterfield (Yankee Doodle Dixie, 2011, etc.) is rich on atmosphere and charm. . .” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter:

"Funny, heartfelt and loaded with southern charm...You'll be whistlin' "more, more!" by novel's end. I promise." —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series

“Peachy-keen . . . Dixie chicks and damn Yankees alike will enjoy seeing the world through Leelee’s eyes.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, here it comes.  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

"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 Emily & Einstein

"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

“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...a fabulous, feel-good read.” —Karin Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze

“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

“Plucky debut… [readers] 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… Patton’s novel delivers on its feel-good moments and inspiring fantasies of finally making it on your own.” —Publishers Weekly

"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

"Funny, somewhat silly, often perceptive, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter is a cozy read to curl up with during the fall." —Bookpage

Praise for Yankee Doodle Dixie:

“Southern to the core . . . funny to the bone . . . she proves that we can go home again, and in many cases we should.” —Fannie Flagg

“Yankee Doodle Dixie oozes Southern charm. Reading this book is like sipping a peach daiquiri on your best friend's porch.  So pull up a chair and stay a while.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

"Not a beat missed when we head below the Mason-Dixon Line and pick up with Southern belle Leelee Satterfield on her ofttimes riotous but always touching quest for home, friendship and love...Lisa Patton's voice leaves us laughing, crying, and definitely wanting more!”—Susan Gregg Gilmore, bestselling author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

"What works is the wonderful, Southern-fictiony relationship between Kissie and Leelee and her daughters, her close friendships, and that certain sorority sister prissiness unique to Southern women of a certain age.”—Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton spent more than twenty years in the music industry before turning to fiction and is now the bestselling author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter and Yankee Doodle Dixie. Born and raised in Memphis, Lisa spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three subzero winters sent her speeding back down South. The proud mother of two sons, Lisa lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and a little Havanese pooch named Rosie.

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Southern as a Second Language
A Novel
Lisa Patton

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250022738
ISBN10: 1250022738
304 pages
$11.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250020659
ISBN10: 1250020654
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
8/26/2014
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ISBN: 9781250020673
ISBN10: 1250020670
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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