MY REVIEW OF “The Welcome Home Diner” by PEGGY LAMPMAN

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The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel

by Peggy Lampman (Goodreads Author)
4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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?(less)

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
154204782X (ISBN13: 9781542047821)
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.

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