The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
By Ree Drummond
Published by William Morrow
Copyright © 2011
Ree loved the city. While she was born in a big Oklahoma town, it wasn’t much compared to Los Angeles (Where she went to college) or Chicago (Where she was planning to move). She loved the food, the fashion, the party’s, and the fast pace.
The last thing Ree planned on doing was stay in Oklahoma. She was there for a layover, just to get her bearings after college and move near her brother in Chicago. One thing had always caused Ree trouble though, she was boy crazy. And a boy, rather a man, would once again be her undoing, or salvation depending on your point of view. It wasn’t just any man though; it was the most unlikely of men – a Cowboy.
Ree had never thought of herself settling down with a Cowboy, but from the moment Ree met the calm, kind, confident, and hardworking “Marlboro Man” she was hooked. “Marlboro Man” was a rancher that lived an hour away in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. It was about as far away from the city as she could get, but it might just turn out to be the best place for her.
“The Pioneer Woman” had its beginnings as a blog about a city girl in pioneer life, but interest was so high that it turned into this book. Let me begin by saying, surprisingly, I loved this book. I love reading about real people, with real feelings, and a real life. That being said there were a few things that detracted from the book. First, her proclamations of love and how her man made her feel were so repetitive that they became almost cliché. And second, Ree has made Marlboro man out to be nearly perfect. She has made him out to be the idealized boyfriend/husband. No such man exists, just as there is no perfect girlfriend/wife.
All things considered though, woman are going to love this for the humorous unlikely love story that it is. I think that men should read this book too though, because some of us could take a couple cues from the idealized version of Marlboro man. And hey, guys will like some of the humor as well.