Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton
Leelee has it all, a dreamboat husband, cute children, country club membership, and a lovely house in Memphis paid for with Daddy’s money. And then dreamboat decides to move to Vermont to be an innkeeper! Life as she knows it is over.
From Gone with the Wind to Legally Blond, the spoiled- gal-sunk-low-only-to- triumph is a well loved theme. Tennessee author Lisa Patton in her debut novel, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, jumps on this genre with astute observations of a certain segment of Southern life and a hilarious portrait of Vermont.
Some of the characters are overblown, like the evil Helga, but the antics of Leelee’s childhood friends are instantly recognizable to those of us who attended an all-girls school. Leelee’s dumbfounded and dismayed reactions to all things Vermont are especially funny. She is horrified to find that Vermont’s four seasons are actually “stick season,” “snow season,” “mud season,” and “black fly” season. Summer makes only a brief appearance between flies and sticks.
Leelee unsurprisingly triumphs over adversity and Vermont. But the ending is not as pat as I predicted. Leelee has more spunk than even her loyal friends thought. A charming, easy- to- read debut novel by Lisa Patton..