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Book Cover Image: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
Title: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–A Love Story
Author: Ree Drummond
ISBN: 9780061997167
No. of Pages: 352
Genre: Memoir

“I’ll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn’t looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I’d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it.

Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife—and manure—than I ever could have expected.

This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.

It’s the story of a cowboy.

And Wranglers.

And chaps.

And the girl who fell in love with them.”

Thoughts: As a measure of full disclosure, I am an avowed Pioneer Woman fan. She may not be the most erudite, but she has a way with words that makes me laugh out loud. It has been an absolute pleasure watching her familial exploits, her growing skills with photography, and all that luscious, luscious food. Reading her posts are a true highlight of my day.

Reading Black Heels is similar to reading an extra-long post. In fact, the first half of the book was already published on her blog. The rest of the story follows in a similar vein, complete with gaffes, humor, and love. Her writing is simplistic, and yet she manages to adeptly voice all her worries, sadness, joy, and simple humor. Add to that her unabashed honesty and willingness to mock herself, and the combination is a fun, easy read that reaffirms the idea of true love.

While there is plenty of gushing – some would say too much – Ree has a natural storytelling ability that enhances some truly hilarious stories. Her honeymoon adventures alone are worth the read. At the same time, her struggle to abandon almost everything she knew to face an unknown life with a relative stranger is very real. How many others would be willing to take that chance? More importantly, how many others would be willing to stick it out through four children, dogs, cats, droughts, fires, and all other manner of trials and tribulations? If anything, Ree’s story is a testament to the ultimate commitment required in marriage. 

Black Heels is an easy and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or two and a must-read for fans. The reader receives a greater appreciation for life as a rancher and the challenges Ree faced when making her decision to choose familiarity versus love. Her singular humor eases the sting from some of her more humiliating stories, all while continuing to endear her to readers and fans alike. 

Acknowledgements: Mine. All mine.


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