Since the debut of the funny fish-out-of-water story and bestseller, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Lisa Patton's character Leelee Satterfield has charmed tens of thousands of readers. Watching the former-Southern Belle tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance.


Now in SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (Thomas Dunne Books; October 15, 2013), Leelee is back in Memphis and enjoying a new relationship with the gorgeous Peter, or as her friends like to call him, Yankee Doodle Dixie, the namesake of Patton's previous novel. Leelee is also opening up The Peach Blossom Inn, her new restaurant with Peter, who is not only devilishly handsome but also her phenomenal chef.


But it all proves to be harder than she originally anticipated, especially when her unpredictable best friends are involved and she and Peter, a born-and-raised Vermonter, don't see eye-to-eye on certain social mores of the South. Toss in Riley or Wiley, a lisping neighbor and Tupperware salesman, Shirley, an uppity town gossip, and the return of Leelee's cheating ex-husband, and Patton has whipped up the perfect recipe for a very entertaining disaster!


As small-town life and new love challenge Leelee's resolve and sense of humor, readers will be kept guessing up to the very last page whether or not it all works out in the end. The final book in the Dixie trilogy following the comedic and loveable Leelee Satterfield, SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE is the perfect dessert for Lisa Patton's divine three-course literary meal.



"Patton’s third novel featuring Southern belle Leelee Satterfield is rich on atmosphere and charm. . .”

~ Kirkus Reviews



“Reading Southern as a Second Language is like sitting with a keen-eyed, witty best friend while she whispers her secrets that seem meant only for you. Lisa Patton writes with profound intimacy as she reveals the wonder of love and acceptance and its transcendent power to change a life.”

~ Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of And Then I Found You




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