The Welcome Home Diner

A Novel
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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?

©2017 Peggy Lampman (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Hopeful and heartwarming

I love the way she featured the exciting trends in Detroit without sugarcoating some of the challenges that remain. A great book that deftly weaves in a lot of social issues without veering too far into scolding or preaching.

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3 stars for storyline 0 for performance

It's an alright story so far, I'm not far along in the book but that's primarily due to the "performance of it". The speaker is very difficult to listen to for long periods of time. Many of the characters she voices have a high, nasally voice. If you're interested in the story itself I suggest buying the book or look for a version by someone else.