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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story
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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story

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by Ree Drummond

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"That's when I saw him—the cowboy—across the smoky room."

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


"That's when I saw him—the cowboy—across the smoky room."

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drummond, a blogger and best-selling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, turns her popular blog chronicling her improbable city-girl-meets-rugged-cowboy saga into an affecting new memoir. Drummond deftly describes what happens when life takes a U-turn, taking readers from her chaste but steamy courtship with "Marlboro Man," to their subsequent wedding and Australian honeymoon, and into the first year of their marriage where the two decamped to Marlboro Man's isolated ranch (Drummond had been en route to a new life in Chicago when she met him). What emerges is a charming and romantic yet realistic tale of the forces that can test a new relationship—no matter how good it is. She presents a sometimes riotously funny, always strikingly real tale of love and life. Drummond is intensely likable and writes with the facile confidence of one who clearly knows herself well. Plenty of surprises lie along the way, such as her parents' divorce and an immediate pregnancy following the nuptials. She's sure to have readers in tears and in stitches as they share her adventure. In a word: delightful. Includes several recipes. (Feb.)
New York Times
#2 New York Times Bestseller
Wall Street Journal
#2 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
“Fans of Drummond’s blog and cookbook will eat up this breathless blow-by-blow chronicle of falling in love with Marlboro Man, a.k.a. her husband, and adapting to life on his ranch. . . . Generous dollops of self-deprecating humor contribute a welcome tang.”
“Charming and bright, Drummond’s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned, lasting love.”
“The Pioneer Woman is perfect reading for Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating a lasting love or still looking for The One. Even the most cynical of readers will be charmed by Drummond’s hilarious story of being won over by a cowboy.”
People Magazine
"Fans of Drummond’s blog and cookbook will eat up this breathless blow-by-blow chronicle of falling in love with Marlboro Man, a.k.a. her husband, and adapting to life on his ranch. . . . Generous dollops of self-deprecating humor contribute a welcome tang."
Library Journal
In this follow-up to the No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Pioneer Woman Cooks (2009), Drummond expounds on the revelations she shared in her immensely popular Confessions of a Pioneer Woman blog to relate the complete account of her real-life storybook romance. Covering the years from when she first met her "Marlboro Man" love to the birth of their first child, Drummond takes listeners through the good, the bad, and the sweetness of her life. The relaxed prose and the chatty tone in which she reads it will make listeners feel as though they are catching up with a long-lost friend. It's easy to forget this delightful tale is not a work of fiction but rather a charming reminder that storybook romances can come true. Sure to be a hit among Drummond's fans, those enjoying the works of Lauraine Snelling and Janette Oke, and anyone who's ever wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. [See Major Audio Releases, LJ 1/11; see also Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/10.—Ed.]—Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Meet the Author

Ree Drummond began blogging in 2006 and has built www.ThePioneerWoman.com into an award-winning website, where she shares recipes, showcases her photography, and documents her hilarious transition from city life to ranch wife. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd, and their four ranch hands.

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Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
"Pioneer Woman: Black Heels To Tractor Wheels," is Ree Drumond's sequel to her cookbook "The Pioneer Woman Cooks." However, this time recipes are relegated to the last few section. This is no longer a story about cuisine, but a memoir about Ree's life. Ree first gained popularity as an online blogger writing about her country life and cowboy husband. And if you ever wondered about Ree's life behind the scenes, or happen to be one of the city girls who pine for small-town America, then this book is for you. After spending her college years in L.A. and breaking up with her surfer-type boyfriend J, Ree moves back to her hometown in order to relax before moving on to Chicago. But her plans go astray when she meets her husband, who she refers to as Marlboro Man, at a bar one night. Her sudden attraction for Marlboro Man becomes her lifesaver as she gets stalked by her ex-boyfriend, witnesses the downfall of her parents' marriage, and is forced to choose between Chicago and the love of her life. I found this to be a very detailed memoir, and I have to say I admire the author's candor. She doesn't hide from even the most embarrassing moments (and as an inexperienced fiancé of a cowboy there are too many to count) and somehow survives everything from a fire at a fellow cowboy's house, to a disastrous honeymoon and the games of her distrustful soon to be brother. If you like to read romance novels, skip them and go for the non-fiction. As I found while reading this book, sometimes real life beats fiction.
butterflygirl0624 More than 1 year ago
Ree is such an interesting woman-I love her blog and hope she writes another book to continue her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, too, read the story off of her blog, but am buying a copy...There's just nothing like the way a real book smells and feels. Ree's storytelling is just like you've got your best friend you've known all your life sitting right next to you. Her "voice" comes through the pages witch such detail its amazing. Be prepared to NOT put this sucker down!
Analisa Jaros More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the right book finds you just when you need it. The story of Ree and Marlboro Man is charming and funny and takes you back to that time and place in your memory when you met that someone who makes your heart flutter. Her writing style is witty and welcoming - felt like I was listening to her while cozying up in a warm kitchen, sharing a cinnamon roll. I highly recommend you block out some time to read this one cover to cover in one sitting!
Shannon Swindell More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I want to make all of my married friends and relitives read it. Its a wonderful love story that made me laugh, cry, and fall in love with my husband all over again. She is very honest about her feelings for Marbrol Man and it shows how great they both are as people. Her outlook on life and experiences as a newlywed made me want to read the book again and again. She is a very inspiring writer and woman.
spizerink More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! The Pioneer Woman is going into My Favorites catagory! I have already recommended it to all my friends on Facebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, easy read that will make you chuckle.
SweetCs More than 1 year ago
Since discovering Ree Drummond's blog The Pioneer Woman a year ago, I've found myself drawn into her life on the ranch. Ree is a talented writer who knows how to engage her audience. I can only hope that she has another book on the horizon. This story of her romance with Marlboro Man was romantic and at times hysterical. It's a book that once you start reading, it's hard to put down and I didn't. At the end there's a sweet surprise...Recipes.
Kerry Collins More than 1 year ago
great read. couldn't put it down. fabulous country love story
Jessica Knebel More than 1 year ago
i love her blog, and this book did not disappoint!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so hard to put down, many early mornings I'll wake up to find the bedroom light left on, my husband sound asleep and me having fallen asleep sitting up. It made order some more of Ree's books. Keep on writting!! I'll keep on reading, cooking, and watching her TV shows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 5 times now and could not put it down. A true love story where you feel as though you are in the story and experiencing exactly what she is. It is detailed in all the right places and yet she keeps it very classy. Love love love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Ree's blog and her writing is amazing so I thought her book would be just as good. I could not put it down. Her love story is realistic, funny and honest! Wonderful read!
aharey More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and fun, yet I could feel the real emotions the author felt as she details her courtship with Marlboro Man. I could picture the events as they happened, and she holds nothing back. I would highly recommend this book!
ashdonna More than 1 year ago
I received this book Tuesday afternoon, I read it for a few hours, and then finished it up Wednesday afternoon. It's a wonderful story. As someone who is coming off of a long relationship, reading her story gives me so much hope. I'm a daily visitor to her site, but I never read any of Black Heels on the website. Reading this entire book was wonderful. If you're a fan of how Ree writes on her website, you'll love this book. It's humorous and quirky but also a beautiful story. They have a lovely relationship that I would love to have. Ree is wonderful and her book is lovely. Recipes she mentioned in the book are included in the back as well which is a great addition. It's witty and funny, and a pretty quick read. You won't get bored reading it there's never a part where you start to daydream because it's not holding your interest. Definitely worth the read!
ALCruz More than 1 year ago
I love this story of Ree and her Marlboro Man! Its a real life love story, and it belongs on the pages of a novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Ree's story with Ladd. Is very funny and a true one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of "The Pioneer Woman" on Food Network, you will really like this book.
Holleyhock More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it was our Bookclub selection for the month. I doubt I would have read it otherwise. The book cover itself would have repelled me. And by not using the man's name, but calling him Marlboro Man over and over and over and over - literally drove me nuts. I wondered while reading if she was protecting his identity or something??? But, besides that, it was a nice love story and reminded me a little of myself during the courtship in my first marriage. Not much depth to this book, but definitely a summer light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a third generation cowgirl and I loved this book. I found myself laughing out loud and I hope she continues to write of her adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable & humorous love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the funniest, most entertaining love stories I've ever read. I really wish Ree would write more about her life on the Ranch! I fell in love with the Marlboro Man too!
TexasGma More than 1 year ago
I get that you want to fill a couple hundred pages for a book, but repeating the same block of description/feelings/starched shirts over and over again gets tiring. I started skipping pages towards the end because it was the same ol same ol. Sorry Ree I know you're a blogger turned author and I do enjoy your blog but this just didn't hit the mark.
Red-head_PinupGrl More than 1 year ago
Ree has such a way of cracking me up and making me feel so very normal! Honestly, even if you haven't been following her blog for years as I have, you'll still appreciate this beautiful love story.