Reviews

Advance Praise for To Wendy’s With Love

“A pure delight. I smiled, giggled and cried. And through it all I felt connected. To Wendy’s With Love has left me feeling grateful and enriched. Most of all, it inspired me to start my own 22-year lunch.”
Jen Grant, Author and Speaker, Inspiring Radiance

“Diane Keyes has captured a heartwarming story of reconciliation and connection that resonates with us all. She shares the importance of the family meal as a strong tradition in our lives that can have a ripple effect across relationships and the world. This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to re-connect with your loved ones in a deeper way. If you loved Tuesdays with Morrie or The Glass Castle, this book is your next must-read.”
Kristen Brown, Bestselling Author and Keynote Speaker

“To Wendy’s With Love is a wise and powerful story of family, healing, faith and grace, and how sitting together over a meal changes lives. This book is for everyone yearning to create connection in this troubled, impersonal world. To Diane Keyes with love, thank you for writing this beautiful book.”
Barb Greenberg Founder/CEO Rediscovering U, premier divorce support for women

“To Wendy’s With Love is positively heartwarming and inspirational. It reminds me of the old Italian saying, “At the table, no one grows old.” Diane Keyes invites us to pull up a chair to enjoy and absorb the message in the meals. You will be moved to nurture and cherish your own family story.”
Jayne Morgan, Ph.D. Author of Workplace Gems

“I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. To Wendy’s With Love is the type of book that you’ll wish you had written, but didn’t dare. In this beautifully written memoir, Diane Keyes peels back the layers of her own life to give hope and inspiration to anyone longing for a relationship that just doesn’t fit neatly into the fictional family we all idealize. The magic of this story is that it didn’t take a catastrophic event to change things—all it took was saying ‘yes’ to lunch … and then saying yes again the next week. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a family. The message that sharing meals together is a way to learn to love each other again, is one that will resonate with all of us.”
Lynn Garthwaite, Author and Non-Profit Director of Books on Wings

“To Wendy’s With Love should more aptly be titled, “Thursdays at Wendy’s.” Why? Because the author’s heartwarming family story easily merits the buzz that surrounded Tuesdays With Morrie. Mitch Albom, watch out! Diane Keyes may be the next ‘you.’”
Connie Anderson, Editor and Author of When Polio Came Home

“Absolutely incredible and touching and funny and, and, and…. I sobbed, I laughed, I related. So many families have so many secrets. What would it look like if we could all have lunch once a week and repair our past? Thank you for giving me hope that someday my own family may find their way back to each other.”
Beth M. Anderson, Sailing Captain

“To Wendy’s With Love is a touching and humorous account of how twenty two years of weekly lunches at Wendy’s fostered intergenerational healing, friendship, and joy for Diane Keyes and her extended family. Painful memories and family secrets lost their power as camaraderie and love grew with every gathering. Her story reminds us of the preciousness of a shared meal with the special people in our lives.”
Mary Treacy O’Keefe, MA, Author, Speaker, Spiritual Director

“In my decade as a TV reporter, an executive coach, and radio host, I’ve interviewed thousands of people. They may be newsworthy but their experiences are rarely unique. Diane Keyes’ experience at Wendy’s is eye- opening, authentic, and as American as a burger with fries; a story impossible to replicate. Filled with love and lessons for us all, this book is the recipe you’ll wish you’d created as your own family legacy.
Roshini Rajkumar, Presence Engineer and Host of News & Views, CBS Radio, Minneapolis

“Author Diane Keyes touchingly shares her experiences with family secrets and challenges in To Wendy’s With Love. By casually reaching out through weekly lunches, Diane and her family are able to open up, move on, and build closer relationships. Happily, this book shows us how we can bring this lesson back to our own families.”
Heidi J. Peterson, Writer and Editor

In To Wendy’s With Love, Diane Keyes reveals how courage, faith, and attitude can foster reconciliation anytime, anywhere. This poignant memoir illustrates that silence can wound but words can heal. Bravo.
Caryn Sullivan, Award-winning Columnist, Huffington Post contributor

“A must-read, this simple, yet profoundly poignant story is a living tribute to those who choose to say ‘yes’ to a joy-filled life, and serves as gentle encouragement for those who have yet to find the courage. Beautifully written, To Wendy’s With Love captures the true essence of life—the simple joy of being with individuals simply because they are, while its gentle message of healing speaks to the personal growth and gratitude that ascend from it.”
Patricia Johnson, Corporate Marketing Communications Director

“It’s wonderful knowing that in a world where good service and hospitality are fast disappearing, it’s still alive at Wendy’s. Sign me up. Who wouldn’t want what Diane and her family have found there?”
Pamela Muldoon, Muldoon Media, Content Marketing Institute

“As a marriage and family therapist, I often help clients find ways to foster the love and commitment needed to build and sustain relationships. Through delightful and courageous storytelling, Diane Keyes shares how her own family tradition of gathering at Wendy’s for lunch, has cemented the bonds of affection and led to never-imagined good things. To Wendy’s With Love is such inspiration, and the perfect blueprint for family success. I’ll be recommending it often.”
Dr. Jeanne M. Wiger, Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapist

“As a long-time member of the lunch bunch, I’ve witnessed many of the wonderful things that have happened over the years at Wendy’s. I am happy and grateful to be included in what has become one of the highlights of my week. I’m delighted Diane has written To Wendy’s With Love so other families can discover the secret for themselves.”
Jolene Gauss, Lunch Bunch Member

To Wendy’s With Love is about several generations of one family. Like many families, things have gone unsaid and longtime secrets withheld. In the welcoming environment of ‘their’ Wendy’s, unspoken hurts and feelings emerge, resolving differences and pulling the family ever closer. Perhaps that’s what we all need—a commitment to spend time together, eat lunch in a comfortable spot and talk. We can all benefit from reading this touching memoir.”
Merle Minda, Writer and Columnist

“Diane Keyes’ memoir, To Wendy’s With Love, is a beautiful testimonial to loving the moment and the family we’re in. This poignant and touching story will make you both laugh and cry as the lunch bunch relationships multiply and deepen with the passing months and years. I’d love to be in the Keyes/Andersen family!”
Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, Author of Musing and Munching.

“To Wendy’s With Love by Diane Keyes is a great book. A good book entertains—a great book entertains and effortlessly gives each reader a piece of the puzzle. If you want to enjoy a great book that will make you laugh, cry, and think; “To Wendy’s With Love” is the book you must read. Diane Keyes’ stories are a testament to the power of connection, love, and gratitude. And in my experience, it’s also a perfect example of how service industry workers can profoundly impact the lives of their customers.”
Rob Bell, Service Experience Expert, www.RobSpeaks.com