Book: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
Genre: Autobiography, Romance
Ree Drummond is the awesome lady behind the Food Network’s cooking show, The Pioneer Woman. She also blogs, writes children’s books, and homeschools her children–needless to say, she is pretty much my hero. So when I found out that she had written a book (besides the cookbooks of course) I knew I had to read it. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is the story of how she came to marry her husband (Who is only ever referenced as Marlboro Man) and ended up a farmer’s wife out in the wilds of Oklahoma.
It was a very light, quick read, and honestly a sweet story, especially because a) it’s true and b) they’re still going strong.
Now, ordinarily, I wouldn’t expect to have to point this out, but there were a lot of reviews on goodreads complaining about it not being a very good romance novel. That’s because it’s not a novel, people. While Drummond does have a great, conversational style, and the tone of the book is certainly light and novel-like, it is not a novel. If you’re looking for a book with tons of drama and conflict, I recommend you pick up an actual novel. For my part, I thought it was refreshing to read a book with a relationship that was so straightforward.
It was such a fun read for me. I really could hardly put the book down.
Besides that, I think the idea of writing down your love story so that some day your kids will have a record of it is just the greatest. I may or may not be contemplating doing the same, though I most likely would not take it upon myself to publish said story. You generally have to have, ya know, some claim-to-fame before people are interested in reading a memoir 😛
If you’re looking for a fun, light romance, and can accept the fact that this is NOT actually a novel or a soap opera, then I absolutely recommend this book. If you love reading The Pioneer Woman blog, and regularly check for posts you might have missed, then this is pretty much required reading.