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22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Women the world over will swoon for Marlboro Man

Some girls have all the luck. Ree Drummond's depiction of her cowboy husband in "The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" would make any female swoon. He is quite literally the perfect man, and yet totally believable in the role. Despite his wife's glowing char...
Some girls have all the luck. Ree Drummond's depiction of her cowboy husband in "The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" would make any female swoon. He is quite literally the perfect man, and yet totally believable in the role. Despite his wife's glowing characterization, the affectionately dubbed "Marlboro Man" still manages to come across as authentic and utterly likable. What seems to be a personality that is too good to be true is actually the genuine nature of a decent, respectable guy.

Ree is more critical of her own faults and short comings. She grew up as an American princess. Her backyard was the golf course of a country club. Her wardrobe was filled with designer clothes. When she moved back home after a break-up, she didn't have to worry about finding a job right away in order to support herself. Not to say that her life was completely devoid of anxiety, but she lived a life that was secure and protected. Her plan was to pick herself up, dust herself off and head to Chicago for a life filled with excitement and culture. That is until, she met Marlboro Man.

The two begin to form an intimate relationship that can rightly be called a courtship. On most evenings, Marlboro Man drives Ree to his ranch in his pick-up truck where they spend the time cooking dinner, watching movies and snuggling on the front porch under the stars. Ever the gentleman, Marlboro Man doesn't push things farther than long make-out sessions on his couch and makes sure Ree makes it home every night. But not before calling to wish her a good night with his deep baritone voice that never fails to send shivers down Ree's spine.

If Marlboro Man has an agenda, it is to make Ree his wife. Though not necessarily reluctant to spend the rest of her life with the man of her dreams, she begins to question her suitability in regards to his rural lifestyle. The quiet. The isolation. The manure. Can she really give up everything she's ever known and planned for in order to adapt to the rugged, physical existence of life on the farm?

The beauty of the narrative lies in Ree's transformation. She was always a good-hearted person - having patience with her special needs brother, trying to be there for both of her parents as they go through a painful divorce - but she grows beyond the boundaries of her suburban mindset. It is as if she experiences a reawakening about what is really important in life versus what is just meaningless excess. The pure, unconditional love of Marlboro Man opens her eyes to a whole new host of possibilities now before her. It is beautiful to walk with Ree as she undergoes this transformation.

While in many ways a modern day fairy tale, the book is not all fluff. After their wedding, the couple comes to experience several back-to-back hardships that test their mettle right off the bat. Things do not begin to run as smoothly as during their dating days, but they come to rely on and support each other in a conjoined effort to face head-on whatever comes their way.

One wonders how the quiet, reserved nature of Marlboro Man feels about having his private moments with Ree captured in print for all to read. Does he truly feels comfortable sharing such intimate details with the world? However, he will no doubt feel the gratitude of every woman who picks up the book thanking God that a man like him truly exists.

Overall, women the world over will swoon for Marlboro Man.

posted by Tribute_Books_Reviews on January 28, 2011

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8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

ugh

I had high hopes, as a good love story is hard to pass up . . . I am thrilled she has such a wonderful relationship, however I found this trite and superficial. I think the storyline has lots of potential, but readers will hear the same details over and over---we get t...
I had high hopes, as a good love story is hard to pass up . . . I am thrilled she has such a wonderful relationship, however I found this trite and superficial. I think the storyline has lots of potential, but readers will hear the same details over and over---we get the picture that his shirts were starched and his jeans were faded. Disappointing . . . not a good use of time, thought or money on my part.

posted by missyjoonMK on February 23, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Easy, light, fun story

    Fun, easy read that will make you chuckle.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    A Sappy Guilty Pleasure

    3.5 stars, really. I was sucked right into this book up until the first 70 pages or so. After that, I just grew very weary of Ree's girl y-girl crap. I was eager for something substantial to happen other than her frequent bouts of flop sweats and nausea, always resulting in anxiety over how her Marlboro Man would react to her appearance. It's cute once, but not so much after 300+ pages. I think this story would be much more significant if it had been told from his point of view, and if that's sexist, so be it. It REALLY bugged me that the readers never know his given name--as if his entire existence is simply a caricature and outside of that image he doesn't really exist. It was mildly amusing when she told of her first-time experiences at the ranch; I enjoyed the fish-out-of-water perspective. But most of the time, I felt that she minimized the worth of those people who worked the ranch. Perhaps Ree was revealing to the readers that in her self-absorbed, country club girl way, she did feel superior to the "country folk" at that time in her life. Some of the reviews on the back of the book jacket compare the romance of this story to that of Gone With The Wind--oh, puh-lease!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    Better as a library rental

    I did like the book, however, I regret paying $12.99 for my Nook copy. I love her blog, so thought I would love the book but it just didn't come through. She spends WAY TOO MUCH time telling readers how much she is infatuated with him, enough already! But I did enjoy her honesty about becoming a new mother - good read, but if there is a sequel I will wait for a free library rental.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    a convenient way to remember an old favorite

    As a fan of Ree's website since practically the beginning, this is a lovely book to have her love story all in one place. The first two parts of the book are verbatim what she wrote on her blog. The third part is a more detailed look at the first few months of her marriage and the birth of her first child. While the third part of the book is relatively new material, all of it has been referenced at one point or another in her blog, so the material is not necessarily "new"; it's just all put together in one place. If you are a die-hard fan of Ree & MM, then this book is for you, but if you are simply a interested party, then reading the story on the website will definitely suffice. She also includes recipes at the end of the book that are already found on her website and in her cookbook. On a unrelated note, I am really disappointed in the art work on the cover! it looks like a 1980's cowboy was mashed together with a 1950's Elvgren pin-up cowgirl and it looks so weird!! I wish the original artwork that accompanied the story on the website had been used. If you go to BHTW on the website now, this new mashable pic is what you find. Sad.

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