Being a good Southern wife, LeeLee Satterfield doesn’t hesitate to pack up her girls and move to Vermont when her husband, Baker, wants to fulfill a lifelong dream to own an inn. But winter storms are brutal for the Southern girls, and the previous owners of the inn are anything but hospitable. The breaking point for LeeLee comes when she discovers that Baker has been unfaithful. Before you can say “Dixie,” LeeLee packs up and heads back for Southern Comfort in Memphis, there welcomed home by her three best friends and the only mother-figure she has ever known.
The only person she has left behind in Vermont who she cares for is Peter, her chef at the inn. He came to her when her attempts to make the Inn a five-star bed-and-breakfast were headed for failure. His organizational skills and cooking skills brought them back into the race, but she could never get Peter to admit his feelings for her. When she was presented with a buyer for the Inn who would let her return to her beloved South, she saw no reason to turn it down.
Now firmly replanted in Memphis, LeeLee has spent some months in a transitional news job that has helped her to put her Vermont past behind her. She is ready for new adventures, with the help of her friends. Although LeeLee would like to believe that she is finally in charge of her own life and its direction, she will soon find that the proverbial “around the corner” is about to bring the happiness search to an end.
Author Lisa Patton has lived this life, being born and raised in Memphis and spending three cold winters as a Vermont innkeeper. A reading guide is provided for study groups as well as additional materials on the website indicated.