The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
I have seen fabulous reviews of The Pioneer Woman floating around the blogosphere for the past year. When the opportunity to review The Pioneer Woman came my way through TLC Book Tours, I jumped at the chance. I am glad I did as the book is the perfect, honest, true-life love story of a city girl for a cow boy.
Ree had hit a moment in her life when she realized she was not where she wanted to be. Her long-time (four years) boyfriend J was moving north to San Francisco, and she became conscious of the fact that she didn’t want to move with him. She returned home to Oklahoma to stay with her parents while she plotted on a move to a new city, Chicago. She went out one night to the bar with some girl friends when she was struck by lightning and first met “The Marlboro Man” across a smoky bar. It took him months to give her a call, but when he did, their romance took flight and it didn’t take long for the two to realize that they were meant for each other.
I LOVED this book. Ree’s writing is so real. I love how she tells about her falling in love with the Marlboro man only to have embarrassing things happen like putting your car in the ditch while driving Marlboro man’s mother for the first time, having a sweating storm panic attack at a wedding, etc. The thoughts that go through her mind and are recorded in this book before her wedding and during childbirth are so true and similar to thoughts I had during my own big events. The book is very enjoyable and so relatable. Yet, it is also beyond that as I have never lived on a ranch. It was fun to learn how Ree learns the details of life on a working ranch and how to adapt.
Overall, if you are looking for a wonderful relatable romance in which a normal city girl falls in love with a rugged cowboy, look no further. I think the Marlboro man is one of the best romantic leads I’ve read of in a while and Ree seems like someone I would like to have over to chat with! I just wish this book didn’t have to end. I hope that she writes a continuation of life with kids on the ranch. This book started as a blog that Ree later changed and added to make this book. I need to check out her blog, I bet it is a great read.