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10 Novels for the Rosy Romantic

10 novels for the rosy romantic - woman at cafe reading book with latte and peonies in pearls and tweed

Looking for timeless love stories where the heroines are intelligent, capable, and winsome and the heros are strong, irresistible, and kind…where despite trials and tribulations a happy ending is ensured? Well, then you need to check out these 10 novels for the rosy romantic! Love is in the air…with Valentine’s day right around the corner …

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Currently Reading…My Southern Journey

Rick Bragg's book My Southern Journey will make you laugh out loud and cry until your eyes are bleary.  Every Southerner should own this incredible work. I recommend reading this with a glass of bourbon on your favorite porch.

Let Rick Bragg take you home with My Southern Journey… This book takes me to places familiar: It takes me to lazy evenings rockin’ on my grandmother’s porch. It takes me on truck rides down back country roads on misty mornings. It takes me to oyster bars in Charleston and a barstool in my favorite …

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The War in Syria

One of my personal resolutions this year is to appreciate everyday beauty, and for me that means noticing and being grateful for the little things in my life as well as the big things.  With the recent coverage of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, I have been reminded just how lucky I am to have these …

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A Healthy Eating Philosophy via Michael Pollan

Read Food Rules by Michael Pollan to help you develop a healthy eating philosophy. You will be inspired by his food rules to eat clean and develop healthy eating habits.

Don’t let dieting advice and convoluted nutritional science keep you from creating a simple, healthy eating philosophy. Healthy eating – it is an American obsession. We pursue complicated diets, telling us to eat this not that. We pour over food labels and nutrition guides. We rely on scientific experts to tell us what is healthy …

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Summer Reading: The Girl from the Savoy

Summer Reading Review of The Girl from the Savoy on penderandpeony.com

This book had all of the right elements: Jazz Age London, the aftermath of World War I, romance, and an aspiring actress with a humble and sweet personality. It had the potential to hit every one of my buttons. But in the end, I am seriously ambivalent about it. The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel …

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Summer Reading: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Summer Reading: The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Read the review at penderandpeony.com

The Museum of Extraordinary Things is a slow burn. You know almost from the beginning that the two main characters, Coralie and Eddie, are going to meet and fall in love. Hoffman follows their life paths through flashbacks and diary like entries as these characters mature and slowly, ever so slowly, draw closer and closer …

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Summer Reading Review: Charleston

Summer Reading Review of Charleston

This book hurt my heart but in this poignant rush that was utterly captivating. **This post contains affiliate links, but only because I highly recommend this book! Charleston by Margaret Bradham Thornton tells the story of Eliza Poinsett who journeys home to a city so filled with tentacles of memory and connection she can’t shake …

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My Summer Reading List

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a mile long list of books that I want to read, and I am constantly adding to it.  So in order to shorten that list just a bit, I’ve decided to focus on 10 books that I will read by the end of the summer.  Some of …

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Controversy over Planned Parenthood

Are you having trouble understanding why members of the GOP are trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood? What is in the videos people keep taking about? What do they have to do with abortion? What is fetal tissue research anyway and why should I care? Here is a breakdown of some of the most helpful articles …

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Obama’s Action on Immigration

Dear Politicians: Stop slinging mud at each other, get up off your chairs, and do something productive. Stop threatening Obama and the American People with government shutdowns, blockage of executive appointments or de-funding measures and instead pass a bill! Pass a comprehensive Immigration Bill! Stop wasting time, energy, and tax payer’s money on pointless efforts …

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