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

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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 away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I’d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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What happens when a nice University of Southern California city girl meets an irresistible cowboy? Ree Drummond spins the inevitable, yet simultaneously improbable tale in this sweet memoir adventure about her major life transition. What began as a blog and then a cookbook (The Pioneer Woman Cooks) became a reader favorite that has now graduated to trade paperback and NOOK Book editions.

Edward Ash-Milby

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.)
Booklist
“Charming and bright, Drummond’s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned, lasting love.”
People
“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.”
BookPage
“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.”
New York Times
#2 New York Times Bestseller
Wall Street Journal
#2 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
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."
People
“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594550037
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond began blogging in 2006 and has built an award-winning website, where she shares recipes, showcases her photography, and documents her hilarious transition from city life to ranch wife. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books Charlie the Ranch Dog; The Pioneer Woman Cooks; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier; and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays; as well as Charlie and the Christmas Kitty, Charlie Goes to School, Charlie and the New Baby, and Charlie's I Can Read adventures. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; Charlie; and lots of other animals.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    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 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.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    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 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.

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Could not put down!

    Ree is such an interesting woman-I love her blog and hope she writes another book to continue her story.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    A modern romance!!!

    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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    hilarious and heartwarming

    i love her blog, and this book did not disappoint!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Charming and Romantic!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    entertaining portrait of country life and a cowboy Romeo

    "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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Great Read for a Newlywed Woman

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    She lives up to the title!

    Absolutely loved this book! The Pioneer Woman is going into My Favorites catagory! I have already recommended it to all my friends on Facebook.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Loved this book!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    This is a fun read!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Not Worth It

    I was actually excited to read this book. It was well written, so I know that the author had the potential, however the plot was horrible. You never know his real name, he is referred to as Marlboro Man. And it's all about their dates that go no where, just that she loves him. Then they marry, and she throws up all the time, oh but she still loves him. So disappointed! Waste of good money and time!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Romantically Sweet

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    made me fall in love with my husband all over again

    great read. couldn't put it down. fabulous country love story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    Great love story.

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Real Life Love Story....

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Good Book

    If you are a fan of "The Pioneer Woman" on Food Network, you will really like this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    LOVE THIS BOOK

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    I have read this book 5 times now and could not put it down. A t

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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