Thank you to the author, Peggy Lampman for providing me with this free review copy in exchange for an honest review - all opinions are my own.
The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman is about heart and it’s about fortitude. Typically, when I read a Woman’s Fiction novel I expect it to be a light-hearted read void of profound life experiences, but this one was that and so much more. Don’t get me wrong The Welcome Home Diner is perfect for readers who love Women’s Fiction, it has all the elements we love. Lampman gives you conflict, she gives you romance, possibly some heartbreak and an underdog to root for in this story of two cousins who try to restore life to an old abandoned diner in a run-down part of Detroit. But, it also has so much more than that, it has grit and fight and determination in the face of near defeat. I found this to be a heart-warming story that crosses barriers new and old. I truly enjoyed Lampman’s descriptive writing style and impeccable attention to detail. I felt almost as if I was dining in Welcome Home myself or out in the garden enjoying the company. Most of the characters were relatable and likeable except for a few you weren’t meant to like. I’m a sucker for a good underdog story and this one had comeback written all over it. I appreciate the fact that Peggy Lampman didn’t sugar coat the despair of Detroit or the complex but true racial relations that are present. The ode to Polish and Grecian cultures woven throughout the novel were equal parts charming and interesting. I loved the Detroit history lesson, the recipes and all the food talk. The only parts that were a bit too much for me were some of the situations with a few of the characters, at times there was almost too much going on. However, this didn’t take away greatly from the overall story.
If you enjoy stories about fixer-uppers and delicious food with a heaping side of humanity, this is the book for you.
I give The Welcome Home Diner 4 delicious stars out of 5.