Yankee Doodle Dixie, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

It may be September, and fall may be right around the corner, but it’s never too late for a good beach read, and Yankee Doodle Dixie is a fun, easy read that fits the bill.

Yankee Doodle Dixie
is the second book by Lisa Patton about Memphis gal Leelee Satterfield. In the first book, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Leelee follows her husband Baker to Vermont to open an inn. Yankee Doodle Dixie begins with Leelee and her 2 daughters heading back home to Memphis, sans Baker, to start over with her 3 best girlfriends and her surrogate mama Kissie supporting her every step of the way. But not only did Leelee leave behind the cold Vermont weather and the inn she worked hard to whip into shape, but she also left behind a man named Peter, her restaurant’s chef to whom she had grown close. She rents a house next door to a Tupperware-Cutco-Pampered Chef salesman named Riley, who’s a bit too interested in her life, gets a job at a Memphis radio station and has to put up with an overbearing boss, and tries to get over Peter.

If it all sounds a bit crazy, well, it is. There’s a whirlwind trip to NYC with a rock star, a visit to Graceland during Elvis Days, dressed in full regalia, and a boy dog named Roberta. Leelee has trouble saying no, but with the help of her friends and Kissie, she learns to start standing up for herself and work toward what she wants, and not what everyone else wants.

While Yankee Doodle Dixie is a sequel, and I’m not usually one to read a sequel without having read its predecessor, the book stands on its own. There’s enough backstory scattered throughout the novel that I never felt lost, and even felt like I don’t really need to read the first back to understand the gist of what happened. If you like Southern fiction, books with characters that are a little off-kilter, or just want a fun late-summer diversion, you’ll love Yankee Doodle Dixie.

We have one copy of Yankee Doodle Dixie to give to one lucky reader (U.S. only). Leave a comment below to enter to win. The winner will be announced on September 19.

Congratulations to our winners of the Ladybug Girl giveaway: #5 Steph Lancione and #46 Brett.

Nancy likes reading about characters whose lives are nothing like her own. She writes about her 2 boys, books and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys and Books.



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1 debbie September 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

This sounds really good, I would love to read it.
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2 Carol Wong September 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

I am so glad that you said that it works as a stand alone. I have been aching to read it!!!!
I love Southern Fiction with plenty of quikiness!

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3 Stacie September 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Sounds like a good book! I’d love to read it!

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4 Jill September 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

This sounds right up my alley for an easy and fun read.

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5 Mia
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September 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Sounds very interesting! =)

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6 semi-crunchy momma September 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I would love to read this!

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7 Dexie September 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Sounds good.

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8 Shelly aka allysmama September 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

This book sounds perfect for me!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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9 Vilmarys September 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

Count me in! Thanks.

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10 Lisa Griffin September 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

sounds like a lovely read. ;)

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11 Mona September 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

With Winter coming I’m ready to start chillin, with a good book and I love southern fiction. Thanks for the Giveaway!

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12 June September 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Oh, my goodness, this sounds like a very good book. Hope I win, and thanks for the great reading!

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13 Cindi September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I adore her first book and would love to read this sequel about
Leelee Satterfield…
Many thanks, Cindi

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14 Carly September 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I have heard this book is wonderful. I would love to win a copy. Thank you!

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15 Colleen Turner September 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

This sounds like a great book to end the summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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16 Maureen September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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17 Sandra K321 September 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Nice review. I would enjoy reading it.

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18 Katie September 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Would LOVE to win this! I personally emailed Lisa Patton to beg for a sequel to Whistlin’ Dixie!!!

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19 Liz September 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Do enjoy Southern setting. Thanks for chance.

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20 Debby September 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Sounds like a good book to read.

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21 Ruth Hill September 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Would love to read it. Please count me in!

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22 Alison September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I have both children in school and expecting again in December. This would be a perfect time to read

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23 Amy September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I love to read, it is an excuse to sit down!

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24 Stacey September 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I read everyday waiting in line to pick up my son. Would love to read this book

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25 Suzanne September 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

Love the title. I could use a good beach read right now, even though summer has already gone.

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26 Kristin September 7, 2011 at 1:30 am

looks like a great read!

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27 Tammy Gordon September 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

Would love to win this!

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28 Staci A September 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

I would love to read this!

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29 Beth C September 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

I’d love to be entered. Sounds like a very good book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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30 Shari September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Sounds like a great book! I’d never heard of this author before, so thank you for sharing.

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31 Carolyn September 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Looks great!

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32 Shari September 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I enjoyed her first book, and think I would like this one even better since it’s set in my hometown of Memphis!

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33 Suzanne McClendon September 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I love books about Southern folks. I was born in South Carolina and miss home very much. I think that it would be a fun book to read. :)

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34 Christine September 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Sounds like a good book! I’d love to read it!
Thanks for the chance!

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35 Terra Heck September 9, 2011 at 4:42 am

I’d like to read this book. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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36 Kim September 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Sounds like a great read. I’d love to win!

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37 Dena September 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

Sounds like a book I would enjoy – THANKS.

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38 angie September 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm

sounds like an amazing read would love to win
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39 Tia September 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Sounds like a good read! Pick me so I can read it please.
nhmummab@comcast.net

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40 semi-crunchy momma September 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I’d LOVE to win this!!!

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41 Ellen C. September 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I’d like to win. Thanks for the chance.

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42 nan September 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

sounds good
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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43 Paula September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love fun, easy reads and I am up for a beach read any day of the year. This sounds like a delightful story and would love to win a copy to read.

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44 Idaho Jill September 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

sounds cute, thanks!

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45 melissa n September 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

sounds like a great read!! :)

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46 Angela Maa s September 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

It sounds wonderful. I’d love to win. Thanks!

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47 Maura September 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

Reading is a true love of mine! Sounds like a good book!

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