Whistlin' Dixie In A Nor'easter
St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: September 28, 2010
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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 edges after all, how much trouble can it really be?But
Leelee discovers pretty fast that therer'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 dÃ©cor, 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. 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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