Title: The Welcome Home Diner
Author: Peggy Lampman
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: October 10, 2017
My Rating: 4/5
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?
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.