Book Review: Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter by Lisa Patton
LOL. ROFL. ROFLMAO. Sometimes it seems to me that laughter has been horribly cheapened online. Tell the truth, when was the last time you were literally rolling on the floor laughing your ass off. And yet one sees that acronym all the time. This severe inflation in humorous terms is especially frustrating when one comes across a fabulously funny first novel that simply can’t be put down. I have to tell you in my accounting, Lisa Patton’s Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter has more than one sequence worthy of a bout of ROFLMAOPIMPWTIME*
Leelee Satterfield, born and raised in Memphis, is an alumna of Ole Miss who loves her city, her home, her insurance agent husband, her much adored young daughers and her life in Tennessee. She is utterly flabbergasted when one day her husband comes home from work, fixes her a lovely peach daiquiri, then presents her with a copy of North American Inns magazine and announces that he wants to buy a country inn in Vermont and uproot his southern belles to the great frozen north. While Leelee is far from enthused, her mother taught her that a woman’s duty is to follow her man and Leelee soon finds herself moving to Vermont.
Patton paints a charming and at times deeply funny picture of life in Vermont. While I lived for about ten years in the Boston area, I’ve never been to Vermont and was honestly a bit surprised to learn some of the peculiarities of rural New England’s harshest weather– the two yearly dead times stick season and mud season. And I found myself caring deeply about the life of a settled stay at home mom who is suddenly and quite against her will thrust into becoming an innkeeper and restaurateur. A rather shocking hardship leads Leelee to become a single mom running a complicated business far, far away from the place she continues to think of as home. If you like to laugh and enjoy well-written novels about strong women protagonists, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter is Highly Recommended.
*Rolling On The Floor, Laughing My Ass Off, Pissing In My Pants With Tears In My Eyes