Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

A Novel

Dixie Series (Volume 1)

Lisa Patton

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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Leelee Satterfield seemed to have it all: a gorgeous husband, two adorable daughters, and roots in the sunny city of Memphis, Tennessee.  So when her husband gets the idea to uproot the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated…and her three best friends are outraged.  But she’s loved Baker Satterfield since the tenth grade, how can she not indulge his dream?  Plus, the glossy photos of bright autumn trees and smiling children in ski suits push her over the edge…after all, how much trouble can it really be?

But Leelee discovers pretty fast that there’s a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there: such as mud season, vampire flies, and the danger of ice sheets careening off roofs.  Not to mention when her beloved Yorkie decides to pick New Year’s Eve to go to doggie heaven-she encounters one more New England oddity: frozen ground means you can’t bury your dead in the winter.  And that Yankee idiosyncrasy just won’t do.

The inn they’ve bought also has its host of problems: an odor that no amount of potpourri can erase, tacky décor, and a staff of peculiar Vermonters whose personalities are as unique as the hippopotamus collection gracing the fireplace mantle.  The whole operation is managed by Helga, a stern German woman who takes special delight in bullying Leelee for her southern gentility.  Needless to say, it doesn’t take long for Leelee to start wondering when to drag out the moving boxes again.

But when an unexpected hardship takes Leelee by surprise, she finds herself left alone with an inn to run, a mortgage to pay, and two daughters to raise.  But this Southern belle won’t be run out of town so easily.  Drawing on the Southern grit and inner strength she didn’t know she had, Leelee decides to turn around the Inn, her attitude and her life.  In doing so, she makes friends with her neighbors, finds a little romance, and realizes there’s a lot more in common with Vermont than she first thought.

In this moving and comedic debut, Lisa Patton paints a hilarious portrait of life in Vermont as seen through the eyes of a southern belle readers won’t soon forget.  Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter is a charming fish-out-of-water tale of one woman who learns to stand up for herself-in sandals and snow boots-against the odds.

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Lisa Patton

LISA PATTON is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent three years as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters drove her back down South. A former promotion director for both radio and TV in Memphis, Lisa also worked as a manager of the Historic Orpheum Theatre. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the music and entertainment business, including several years with five-time Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Lisa guides walking tours of Historic Downtown Franklin, her hometown in Tennessee. Currently at work on her fourth novel, Lisa is the proud mother of two sons and a little Havanese puppy dog named Rosie. To learn more about her, you can visit Lisa’s Web site.

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Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter
A Novel
Lisa Patton

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2013
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ISBN: 9781250042286
ISBN10: 1250042283
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312556600
ISBN10: 0312556608
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312658892
ISBN10: 0312658893
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$13.99

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Thomas Dunne Books
September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429957830
ISBN10: 1429957832
320 pages
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