Waking Up in Dixie

Haywood Smith

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club comes a hilarious story of marriage and love and second chances

When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her “white trash” family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later, she’d end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who’s foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke sitting up in church, and when he wakes up, he’s at the mercy of all his appetites and emotions. Transformed, Howe wants to be a real husband, which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death, and setting out to right past wrongs, he blackmails the town’s baddies into doing the right thing by threatening to foreclose on their mortgages. The ensuing hilarious rollercoaster ride wakes up not only Elizabeth and their marriage, but the whole town and its hidebound institutions.

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Chapter 1
There’s something to be said for being married to the meanest man in town, as long as he’s the richest.
Elizabeth Whittington stood in the elegant foyer of her elegant house and reminded herself that she’d gotten what she’d wanted when she’d landed handsome Howe Whittington, the crown prince of the prosperous town his family had owned for generations: respectability, for herself and their children. She’d escaped the shame and squalor of her roots. For that much, she was deeply grateful.
She told herself to be content and tried to count her

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"Smith’s zesty read-in-one-sitting romp promises to delight loyal fans and garner new ones."
--Booklist
 
"Smith shakes up the midlife marriage renewal subgenre with the emotionally complex tale of Elizabeth Whittington.... Elizabeth's struggles feel real ... and the way Smith ... leaves Elizabeth to pursue or abandon her marriage on her own terms is a refreshing departure from convention."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"...going to elicit both chuckles and tears."
--RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

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Haywood Smith

HAYWOOD SMITH is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Ladies of the Lake, Wedding Belles, Red Hat Club and The Red Hat Club Rides Again.

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Waking Up in Dixie
Haywood Smith

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St. Martin's Press
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429941938
ISBN10: 1429941936
384 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312614218
ISBN10: 0312614217
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$22.99
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