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WELCOME HOME DINER: A Foodie Novel ~Peggy Lampman

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Cousins Samantha and Addie are hoping that they have made a good bet on Detroit.  They are going into business together by purchasing an old diner and an old house in Detroit proper.  They are hoping that they can revitalize the neighborhood with good homegrown food and delightful delights from their Polish Grandmother’s wealth of yummy recipes.  Addie is handling the business end and Samantha is the cook extraordinaire.

Their garden plot, crusty neighbors and a church with a Gospel Choir surround their WELCOME HOME DINER.  The food is getting rave reviews from folks traveling in from the suburbs but they are not pulling in the locals.  Also someone is writing untrue reviews on YELP.   They hire local people to work and the diner is feeling very much like a family.  The products they purchase are locally made also and come with interesting characters to discover.

I loved the recipe for Potlikker Broth as that is a family recipe at our house as well, but we call it Potassium Broth (without Ham Hock) and it does cure what ails one, as the cousins will testify to as it helped to heal their conflict.  Home celebrated food with panache and I did not gain any weight.  Now that is win-win!

This is a fine story and just a cozy good read as these dynamic women work out success in their new environment and with each other.  New, old and modern problems are resolved and help readers to find new ideas that might just change their circumstances.  The writing is perfect for the type of story and I am sure this will make a successful gift during the holiday –winter season for the reader on your list.  Be sure to read before you wrap it!

Peggy Lampman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications—summa cum laude—from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for a public-relations firm. When she returned to Ann Arbor, her college town, she opened a specialty foods store, the Back Alley Gourmet. Years later, she sold the store and started writing a weekly food column for the Ann Arbor News and MLive. Lampman’s first novel, The Promise Kitchen, published in 2016, garnered several awards and accolades. She is married and has two children. She also writes the popular blog www.dinnerfeed.com.

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THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR: A Novel of Politics, Crime, Literature and a Taste of Romance ~Wendy Marech

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

While reading THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR, I was constantly reminded of Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers and Michael Powell.  Those were all big names of wealthy folks trying to control media around the world and of course, Powell was the FCC commissioner working to deregulate the rules of the commission. All people hungry for control and power.


Landgramm is a large fictional German Corporation which is now controlled by one man, who had a huge hold on the world of Plastics.  The sole owner of the corporation could see that plastics were doomed and began seeing that the power was shifting to media and controlling information, so he began purchasing into these areas, while inflating the markets so that they could get top dollar when they sold the plastics businesses.  The primary character Mia James is an editor in a small publishing house which has just been purchased by the Landgramm Group.  Her whole world is turned around and instead of good writing and story; they are now into celebrity, tell all books, and big selling properties.

THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR is much more interesting than living through the events of the parallel figures in this story.  Money is still the most important factor and keeping the public uninformed and out of the loop so that the most control can be achieved.  The strategies; cover ups, and the misinformation creates a very stimulating read.  The reader is constantly wondering how they might have been duped by these words and the media that they count on for understanding.   And then the murders begin!

It is very hard to tell who the good guys are and who is law enforcement and who is actually pulling the strings and making all these different facets emerge as a powerful whole?   The story would be much easier to understand if you started at the end and unraveled, instead the reader must knit it together from the casting on of the first character.  Great plot twists!

I so enjoyed Mia’s book group meetings interpreting their group reads and their quotes, discoveries, and findings added dimensions of knowledge for Mia to interpret into her new life.   Actually, there were so many characters in this book, I started to keep a note card to keep them straight and free up the minor players from the read.  Yet again, some of those bit players were very helpful to keep the story moving forward and the reader wondering.

Mia James is a quick and smart problem-solver; I think you will enjoy her character very much.

The writer kept everything moving and emotionally energy high, I liked that THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR was about the world of publishing and media; it was a great study of all that has been happening in our rapidly changing world and a warning about the undercurrents of politics working only for the corporations.  The manipulation and the lies, of course, added a steamy quality.  The little romance made it nearly the perfect read.   What distracts you?

Chuck Loesner of Marloe Press sent me a copy of the book for review.  It was a great read – THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR

Wendy Marech Online

“I started out in Hollywood, which is a good place to learn a thing or two about storytelling. When I realized I couldn’t live without snow, I moved back to New York, where I worked on books for HarperCollins and Penguin Press. Somewhere in there I also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and a handful of freelance articles. In my free time, which is limited, I like to walk around Prospect Park and daydream.”

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