The Welcome Home Diner
by Peggy Lampman
Cousins, Addie and Sam, open Welcome Home Diner in Detroit. They start to see some success, the only problem is that they don’t exactly have the support of the neighborhood where the restaurant is located.
This story is told from alternating points of view. Addie was super annoying and Sam was only slightly better, though she was the more flighty one. It was okay to read both Addie and Sam’s viewpoints, but a third person story would have worked too. The most interesting characters were the staff of the diner.
The cousins are both a bit idealistic, but work hard to build a successful business. Part way into the novel, their relationship is strained. That makes both their personal and professional lives more tense.
This book was hard for me to get into. Not a lot happens. It’s about food and relationships, where the food part was more engaging than the relationships.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.