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Waking Up in Dixie: A Novel | [Haywood Smith]

Waking Up in Dixie: A Novel

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 30 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 in church, and when he wakes up, he's transformed. He wants to be a real husband - which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death - and sets out to right past wrongs....
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Publisher's Summary

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 30 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 while 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.

©2010 Haywood Smith (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Smith shakes up the midlife marriage renewal subgenre with the emotionally complex tale of Elizabeth Whittington." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 08-06-11
    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 08-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story!"

    This is one of the best authors on the planet! She writes about characters everyone can relate to, and she weaves her story well. I highly recommend this book --- the narrator brings life to each character and helps the reader relate to everyone's perspective. Once you start listening, you will not want the book to end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Didi 03-02-15
    E. Didi 03-02-15
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    "Enjoyable Light Read, Pure Fantasy Fluffiness"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they were looking for something really fluffy. This book also had a Christian slant I did not expect, but didn't mind. It might affect who I would chose to recommend the book to however.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept a reasonably fast pace most of the book, and never pretend to be more than it was: wish fulfillment fluff. Smith can also be quite a funny writer at times.


    Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm unfamiliar with her other performances, but would be happy to listen to more of her work in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I rounded down from five starts for an enormously cheesy ending, as well as some repetition and dragging in the plot. Overall though it's still quite fun and well written. I'm not the target audience—the story is 100% wish fulfillment fantasy for the unhappily married and middle aged set—but the book had enough humor that I still felt it a credit well spent.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-12-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Found Another Southern Jewel!!!"

    Funny, nostalgic, excellent message, and SOUTHERN!!! What can beat that? This is my first Haywood Smith novel, but you can be sure I'll be looking for more . . . I love the honest way she just "puts it out there" . . . she's spot on with her descriptions of high school cliques, rich southern society, and the shame of growing up "on the other side of the tracks". I know quite a few "stiff, high society" folks that I'd like to slip this audio book to . . . it'd do them a world of good to have a bump on the head and wake up like Howell did :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Charlotte, NC, United States 06-19-13
    Lara Charlotte, NC, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Delightfully Dixie"

    Haywood Smith writes books that are just begging to be narrated. I am so glad she is on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-08-13
    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    Enjoy all of her books. The beauty of this book, however, is that I feel a more serious topic is covered and I really felt connected to the main female character. Actually, I was a little more connected than I'd like to be. I felt that this book was very close to my life, so maybe that was a factor in me rating it as I did. Even if you don't identify totally with her, the book itself is still a good read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 12-09-12
    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Haywood Smith Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Waking Up in Dixie to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Laurel Merlington makes the main character come to life. The other characters are great too! Excellent performance!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waking Up in Dixie?

    Mama getting an earful from her son! Emily Post would have turned red.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mama getting an earful from her son! Emily Post would have turned red.


    If you could rename Waking Up in Dixie, what would you call it?

    Until Death Do Us Part...Maybe


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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