Having left Vermont and her B&B behind, Leelee Satterfield and her two young daughters are headed back home to the South. Ready to pick up her life where she left off is easier said than done though. Now a single mom, Leelee still dreams of the Vermont chef who stole her heart. Armed with her three best friends at her side, who push and prod her with advice and peach daiquiris, Leelee gets some adventurous lessons on what she'll have to do to prove herself. When she opens another restaurant, will she be able to find her mojo again?
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton is the second book to feature Leelee Satterfield, her charming, Southern belle turned single mother and restaurateur. Though I enjoyed getting to know the key characters by reading the first book, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter, it's not necessary to read the books in order, this book can be read on its own. While the tone of this book is a little more serious, Ms. Patton's characters and dialogue once again drew me in and kept me very well entertained. Memphis became a character on its own in this story.
Leelee Satterfield is a charming character; raised a southern Belle, she's had to learn to stand on her own two feet since being abandoned by her husband Baker. While she became successful in Vermont with her peach inspired restaurant, she'll have to create a new life for herself and her two young daughters in Memphis. Armed with her three best friends and her surrogate mother, Kissie, she'll have to get a job, find a home and try to forget about the Vermont chef she left behind. I liked how Ms. Patton developed Leelee's character, while she's always going to be a southern belle; she's really discovering what she wants in her life and is learning that using the word "No" is perfectly okay. She really needed to learn you can be polite and be a lady without having to be a pushover.
Leelee has several adventures while on her road to self discovery, including a job at a radio station with a boss who reminds her just a bit too much of "Helga", one of the villainous characters from the first book, a disc jockey who has some "hygiene" issues, and a neighbor who's just a little too nosy about what's going on in her life. Each secondary character brought something powerful to Leelee's journey. I liked how Ms. Patton developed her daughters in the story too, they were key characters in her life, and they weren't just props.
While Leelee has fun on some of her more colorful adventures, which included a whirlwind trip to New York with a rock star and a visit to Graceland during Elvis Days, it's not until she decides to quit her job at the radio station and again take stock of her life that she realizes the only time she was truly happy was when she was running her restaurant. When she decides to take another gamble, will a certain Vermont chef make his reappearance? You'll have to read Yankee Doodle Dixie to find out. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter
Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa’s poised to go to the next level—because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.
Having watched her life turn into a nor’easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that’s a task easier said then done…Leelee’s a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women’s fiction fans will delight in Yankee Doodle Dixie.