Waking Up in Dixie

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club comes a hilarious story of marriage and love and second chances When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her white trash family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later, she d end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who s fFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club comes a hilarious story of marriage and love and second chances When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her white trash family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later, she d end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who s foreclosing on all her friends Then Howe has a stroke sitting up in church, and when he wakes up, he s at the mercy of all his appetites and emotions Transformed, Howe wants to be a real husband, which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death, and setting out to right past wrongs, he blackmails the town s baddies into doing the right thing by threatening to foreclose on their mortgages The ensuing hilarious rollercoaster ride wakes up not only Elizabeth and their marriage, but the whole town and its hidebound institutions.
Waking Up in Dixie From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club comes a hilarious story of marriage and love and second chances When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her white trash family to marr

  • Title: Waking Up in Dixie
  • Author: Haywood Smith
  • ISBN: 9780312609764
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Waking Up in Dixie”

    1. This was just one of those "Eh, it was ok" books. It did hold my attention and did not take a long time to read, but substance wise, this story just was not up there with some of the other books I have read recently. I will probably check out more of this authors books just to see what they are like. I do have to say that I did like how this story ended and if you like stories where everything is tied up with a pretty bow at the end, then you would probably enjoy this book.

    2. Meh Started strong and charming but quickly got a little too cheesy. I wasn't sure if we were supposed to feel bad for the protag- can't be too difficult to find onself with a multi-billionaire footing the bill. Nice message of independance here still fluffy light and amusing reading it was kind of like an episode of Full House.

    3. Although this book was not quite what I expected, I did enjoy it. I thought it was going to be a story poking fun at living in the South because of the title since the book cover used the word 'hilarious' in its review. Even though I did not find it to be particularly humorous, it was a good read. In this story, Elizabeth portrays a society wife who is completely dominated by her husband, Howell Whittington, his mother who runs both of their lives, and her daughter who has been spoiled by Howell [...]

    4. This book was okay. I liked the idea of the book. The whole terrible husband/father wakes up from coma changed and determined to make amends and fix his marriage plot caught my interest pretty quickly. But there were a few things that kept me from really enjoying the book. First I could have done without all the religious content. And though I felt bad for Elizabeth because her husband was a manslut and a worthless husband I just couldn't warm up to her. She just kept doing things throughout the [...]

    5. This is a wonderful "turn around" book in which several characters make profound changes that take their lives on a new, more purposeful and positive course. I love a read like that so I really enjoyed this book. Elizabeth had married well by wedding the wealthy Howell Whittington…. and neither Elizabeth or Howe are very admirable people as the book begins. But then Howe has a stroke in church that begins to shake up everything and everyone. And as he recovers, he is changed and his change beg [...]

    6. I would classify this as a fun poolside/beach read. Interesting story but not terribly well written. I felt like several things were repeated too much and the whole story of PJ was too vague. When Elizabeth would wrestle in her mind about him, I'd wonder, did I miss something because I felt like their relationship was never developed enough for the reader to grasp its importance to Elizabeth. The story was predictable but I actually liked that. I wanted a light, fun, uplifting read and that's ex [...]

    7. I listened to this audio book and it was nothing short of enchanting. The author and the reader combined to make a wonderful experience for me. The characters were so true and so real that I am sure I will be thinking about them and wondering how they are doing for a long time to come.Howell Widdington is a Southern Gentleman in the worst way until his brain tumor inducing stroke. He wakes up a different man and it's fascinating to see how his world and his family evolve around the changes.

    8. This is one of the best books I've ever read about relationships and marriage. Elizabeth is ready to give up on her marriage when her husband Howe has a stroke and brain tumor. When he awakes from a coma months later, he is a completely different man. He's more like the man she fell in love with so many years ago except now he curses and cannot seem to tell a lie. He also realizes how hard he made life for Elizabeth. Perfect ending!

    9. There is much more to this book than what I anticipated. I thought I was getting a funny, southern chick book similar to your Mary Kay Andrews read. This book was about a family who was self destructing under in their own self-important image, but due to a medical crisis was forced to get real. A great story and an enjoyable read.

    10. Light easy listening. Things start to fall apart for a southern family, with the best reputation, when Howe has a stroke. Appearances must be maintained at all times - easier said than done. The little secrets come out while Howe is recovering from his illness, he also seems to be a changed man. Long married, Elizabeth and Howe try to re-connect now that he appears to be very different post-stroke.

    11. Really enjoyed this book! Witty, fun, but also made you think - what would you do it you had a second chance to right the wrongs in your life?

    12. This book was wonderful! I could not put it down. The characters were so well-written and I cheered for each of them.

    13. I didn't know what to expect but I found d this amusing. The message at the end is uplifting so I gave it 3 stars. Totally enjoyed the characters although portrayal of Southern women is stereotypical.

    14. I probably wouldn't have picked this book if it weren't a book club selection for my local book club. It was entertaining but predictable. It had some hilarious moments.

    15. This is the first book I've read by Haywood Smith (a woman author). It is hilarious, full of emotion, very believable characters and a definite Southern Woman type book. Loved the main character, Elizabeth, who's been married to the town banker (a mean, distant man) because she is like so many womenunhappy in a marriage but not willing to leave it. The story flows like honey, so smooth and entertaining.

    16. I loved this book. Laugh out loud funny. It deals with so many issues. Infidelity and recovering from same, hypocrisy in churches(yes, I go to church), forgiveness, changes in different periods of your life, family dynamicso many to mention. It is light-ish reading but still worth it.

    17. (If you liked the novel "What Alice Forgot" - this novel is a nice companion piece.)Elizabeth is unhappily married but too scared to leave. Her grown daughter is an alcoholic brat, about to flunk out of college and her overbearing mother-in-law is still dictating decorating choices. She's having an emotional (but never sexual) affair with an old friend and her husband is frequenting hooker (WTF?) when suddenly, her husband has a stroke in the middle of church. When her husband, Howe, recovers fr [...]

    18. This was a very cute story. I listened to the audio book, and it was extremely well read and enacted! It's a story of redemption and grace, although it is in no way a "preachy" book. Howell, a rich scoundrel, is seated beside his wife, Elizabeth, in church when he suffers a stroke. After being comatose, he awakens as a changed man, regretting his misdeeds and wanting to make things right.Elizabeth had left her white trash past life where she was "Bessie Mae" to marry Howell and move to the upper [...]

    19. I was a little disappointed in the story. I'd loved the female camaraderie of the Red Hat Society books and the humor and hometown/family feeling of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch. This one is not much on humor and the family ties are pretty awkward.This book made me uncomfortable for the main character throughout the book. It was frustrating, like real life, and maybe it was just too close to home for me in a few ways. The ending did surprise me. I'd hoped she'd finally be brave and bold and move o [...]

    20. A fun book! Caught my interest at the local library and enjoyed trying this author. Elizabeth becomes a woman of social standing in her Georgia town after humble roots in a dysfunctional family. As an ideal mid life wife she maintains a front and keeps family affairs secret. Although she may have married the most prestigious man in town, he definitely wasn’t a model husband! After Howell suffers a stroke in church and comes out of his coma he is a changed man! He’s a model husband with emoti [...]

    21. I found the book to be very well written, the characters well fleshed out. I don't see how folks found it humorous although there are some funny parts.You have the main character Elizabeth whom has done everything she could to over come a humiliating background of domestic violence and alcoholism to land the wealthy only son of the towns founding family.Every thing goes well for her until the death of his father which due to howe's overbearing mama moves back to his home town to become a cold he [...]

    22. Really good book - thanks for the recommendation Janet.Elizabeth is married to Howell Whittington of Whittington, GA. Rich but not a kind man. The have two adult children, Patty in college and Charles in law school. Howell loses consciousness in church one Sunday and ends up having a small stroke due to a brain tumor. He has brain surgery and stays in a coma for 6 months. When he awakes he has a total personality change - some changes are good and some not so good. This is the story of this fami [...]

    23. This was the first book I've read written by Haywood Smithbut it certainly won't be my last. I read this book within a dayI had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed all of these characters, liked watching them evolve and enjoyed this unique story line about how a man is changed after surviving a stroke and brain tumor and how it effects not only him but his family and the inhabitants of a town that is run chiefly by said man and his mother. It was about many different serious things but writte [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book. It raises many topics that arise in households today and from yesteryear. The one thing I think that threw me off was the word usage for the word laughed unless you moved to Dixie from the other countries you wouldn't hear them using chortle and guffaw in everyday language for that area, possibly I missed a character being from an area where those words are fluent and if so apology is sent. So this is not a drag on this book however, the story was well put together and you c [...]

    25. This was a great everything ends happy but without a forced ending, kept my interest all the way.So the first time I listened to the tape, now I read the book. It is amazing how different a feel both ways are, I never listened to tapes before and now I love them, esp if it is an intricate book ( this was not ). I really liked this book. Part of it is people my age (59) making a drastic change in their lives. It is mostly a happy, funny book but it amazes me that I can still cry knowing the story [...]

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