The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel

The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel

by Peggy Lampman


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The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel by Peggy Lampman

Betting on the city of Detroit’s eventual comeback, cousins Addie and Samantha decide to risk it all on an affordable new house and a culinary career that starts with renovating a vintage diner in a depressed area of town. There’s just one little snag in their vision.

Angus, a weary, beloved local, is strongly opposed to his neighborhood’s gentrification—and his concerns reflect the suspicion of the community. Shocked by their reception, Addie and Samantha begin to have second thoughts.

As the long hours, problematic love interests, and underhanded pressures mount, the two women find themselves increasingly at odds, and soon their problems threaten everything they’ve worked for. If they are going to realize their dreams, Addie and Samantha must focus on rebuilding their relationship. But will the neighborhood open their hearts to welcome them home?

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ISBN-13: 9781542047821
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 736,631
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
The Welcome Home Diner, begins with a polish guide of words used throughout the story as the heart of the book is based on childhood memories of cousins Addie and Samantha growing up with their polish Babcia (grandma). Grandma cooked traditional polish food which led the cousins to opening a diner in an up-and-coming area of depressed Detroit, serving dishes they had as children. The plot is not just about the running of a diner though, Author Peggy Lampman has written about the struggles and pitfalls of a local community that does not want change, and also about the cousins own personality clashes which almost lead to a big fall out! The book is set in modern day Detroit, with a good descriptive language making it easy to visualise the setting and the animosity from the community. A good theme runs throughout clearly outlining the story with a general light-hearted feel. The characters are a colourful and diverse group whom I loved reading and getting to know throughout the story. I did find it a slow start, but as the book progressed this did pick up, especially as the the plot unfolded, and I learnt more about the area, customers and neighbours. The thread lacked a bit of action for me and the ending was as I had predictive to be, so there were no surprises. Having said that it was a lovely easy read. I would recommend this book as it was enjoyable. As the plot features a diner what better way was there for Peggy Lampman to end the book but with all the recipes mentioned throughout.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
This book was such a surprise! I loved the cover and the title made me think I was going to get a heart-warming story (set in the South or Midwest) that would be easy to read and a delight. In the end, this is a heart-warming story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What surprised me was that this wasn't just a bit of fluff story about cousins and food and relationships. It was that but had such depth and emotion that really drew me in. The story follows two cousins: Sam and Addie and is told in alternating points of view. They are the best of friends who face a crisis; Lampman wrote them both so well that you love them both and can't possibly take sides. They both must look at who they are, what in their past has shaped them into who they are and what they will retain to take into the future and become. I also loved the setting: broken down Detroit that these girls and those in their sphere see as a beloved town on the brink of greatness. They are committed to rebuilding the city and building solid foundations of relationships that tear down barriers such as race, ethnicity and economics. To top it all off, food is woven throughout this book in delectable, mouth-watering ways. Recipes included at the end. If only The Welcome Home Diner were real.....
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
The Welcome Home Dinner is a contemporary woman’s fiction novel written about Addie and Samantha. These two women start a business in the culinary field. They buy and renovate a building in a very unsuitable town. Angus comes along like a rock and stands in front of this concept and idea. He has concerns over this business idea and has no fret expressing them. Many other factors increase pressure on these two friends. Addie and Samantha’s relationship begin to tumble. Their friendship, their business, and love interests all become things they have to resolve. In the beginning, I thought the story wasn’t going to grab my interest. However, as I read along, things got much more interesting. I think it was the pace that may have contributed to the initial feelings. The story was very well written, and the friendship between the two women was beautifully described. As I read more, I felt that the story had a much deeper meaning to it and think, that’s what made this book stand out. The format of storytelling swapped narratives between the two friends and cousins. The time frame of the whole thing runs in a year. I enjoyed the fact that that plot revolved around. Being accepted by a society that is not receptive. How many times have we tried to start fresh and found it hard to be accepted? The book also discusses sensitive matters such as race, human trafficking, and other issues. I recommend this book to people that enjoy reading fiction and contemporary romance.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She’s also known for her outrageous wardrobe and is proud to proclaim she’s growing old disgracefully. The staff is coming up with a language of its own. In a couple of years, we’ll be the only ones who understand one another. “A gastronoid,” Lella continues, “is a human subspecies that only lives to eat and complain.” Your silence is becoming too loud in my head. Yoga, Pilates, sashimi, and salads. Believe me, there’s nothing graceful about aging. It’s a full-time job. And there were two brave women, Addie and Sam, who made a family from scratch, using what others left behind. My Review: While an entertaining and engaging read, The Welcome Home Diner was hazardous to my diet as each plate of food was lovingly and sensuously described in lip-smacking detail. In one instance, Ms. Lampman eloquently waxed on for a full page about a juicy and succulent heirloom tomato, which had my mouth watering and resulted in my increasingly frequent foraging for sustenance and nibbles. Not to diminish her humorous and colorful descriptions of the numerous quirky characters who also inhabited the pages and frequently had me smirking. Two female cousins with an impressive mission statement and admirable ideals established the diner in a derelict area of Detroit and featured farm-to-table heartland fare with the unique fusion of Southern soul food and Polish dishes. I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around that combination for quite some time. The cousins’ behaviors were not always admirable and were actually often annoying, yet I came to care about them and wanted all their dreams to come to fruition. However, their neighbors did not sure in those hopes for their success and the cousins found themselves being shunned, threatened, trolled, and traumatized. The storyline was slowly developed yet intriguing, enlightening, thoughtfully well-crafted, and quite tasty.
JCanJenner More than 1 year ago
The Welcome Home Diner is another foodie book to add to the favorites. Lampman shines as she tells the story of two close cousins who open a diner in Detroit. Sam and Addie put everything they have into this diner, praying they will succeed in the urban decay. The girls took this chance in order to honor their Babcia, their grandmother, who taught them everything they know and whose picture hangs with care in the dining room of the restaurant. They did this for Detroit. To help bring it back to what it once was. The descriptions of Detroit, the difficulties in gentrification, and racial tension are on point and well done. As are the descriptions of the food and garden. Don’t read this on an empty stomach or you’ll be yearning for some comfort food. Actually, you’ll be yearning regardless. Worth it. OK, time for a shot of potlikker. I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW OF "THE WELCOME HOME DINER" BY  PEGGY LAMPMAN I appreciate some of the relevant topics in "The Welcome Home Diner" by Peggy Lampman. The genre for this novel is Women's Fiction.  The story takes place in a vintage diner in a depressed area of Detroit.The author writes this in a current timeline, only going back to clarify and describe something relevant to the characters or story. The author describes some of her characters as dysfunctional., quirky and colorful. The characters are diverse and some are complicated and complex as dictated by the circumstances.  Cousins Addie and Samantha partner together to buy an old  house in need of much renovation. and old diner and name it "The Welcome Home Diner" Their dream  is to unify and help rebuild the depressed town in Detroit. Some of the neighbors are less than happy to see the neighborhood change. They encounter obstacles and problems. For those of you who love great recipes, the author provides most of the recipes described in the story at the back of the book for you. I appreciate that the author brings up topics such as human sex trafficking, kidnapping, rescue dogs, unifying and building, and integration of a community. The author also discusses the importance of family, friendship, loyalty, love, hope and faith.   I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review. For those who love delicious food and recipes, you will appreciate this book.