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

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

by Ree Drummond


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New York Times Bestseller

Wildly popular award-winning blogger, accidental ranch wife, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) tells the true story of her storybook romance that led her from the Los Angeles glitter to a cattle ranch in rural Oklahoma, and into the arms of her real-life Marlboro Man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061997167
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 341
Sales rank: 150,865
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ree Drummond is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,  and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Ree’s beloved website, The Pioneer Woman, was founded in 2006 and showcases her cooking, photography, and anecdotes about country life. Her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, premiered on Food Network in 2011. Ree loves Ethel Merman songs, Lucille Ball, and The Godfather. She lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and four children.


Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1969

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Pioneer Woman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, easy read that will make you chuckle.
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!
CGU More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of the PW until I saw her Thanksgiving Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network. I liked her spunky personality and her PW blog (though I haven't had time to read everything on it) and I decided to get her cookbook and this book today at B&N. Looked at the cookbook first and fell in love with her family and their ranch through all the great photos - so I began Black Heels. It's a fantastic read - I started and could not stop. A great love story, beautifully written, funny and real, covering their courtship through their first year of marriage, through good times and bad. Better than any romance I have read this year! At first I couldn't imagine how Ree could tell their story without giving away too much personal information, but this was just perfect.
bookescapest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It was written in easy read tone. It was a fun book to read. I would start a chapter thinking one would be good before bed, and then found myself every night reading more than one. I was laughing out loud and picturing myself in this situation. A city girl moves to the country to be with the cowboy man she loves. A great easy read!
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mini Book Review: A truly sweet and adorable quirky love story. If you are a fan of her blog, you will enjoy this book as it is a summary of how she met, married and had kids with the Marlboro Man. You would have to be a horrible jaded cynic not to enjoy this honest, classy, yet rip roaring funny tale of how a city girl ends up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere with a cowboy. I really enjoyed her self deprecating way of telling the story -- being honest about the ups and downs without giving up too much personal information. As for the flaws - she obviously isn't a writer as some of the writing style -- well -- its sort of like the way I write and we all know that isn't a compliment LOL! That being said she is charming so you have to let her lack of ability go. Also way too much repetition about Marlboro Mans strong arms, etc -- yes we get it he`s an old fashioned cowboy and you are a city girl. Just a simple sweet story to pass a couple of hours, if you are in a foul mood this will put a smile on your face.3.5 Dewey`sNatasha lent this to me
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Breaking up with her LA boyfriend, and feeling disenchanted with the city, Ree Drummond decides to move to Chicago. On her way she stops in to spend some time with her parents in Oklahoma. Just before she leaves, she meets her Marlboro Man, and although she is entirely smitten, does she want to drop her dream of the city for a life on a cattle ranch?Obviously she does and the book describes in hilarious detail all that she and he go through to be together. Ree has since gone on to become a well recognized blogger, and this book is the outcome of people wanting to know the story behind this city lover living on the Oklahoma plains with her cowboy. Included on the final pages are a number of recipes guaranteed to satisfy the cowboy in everyone.Breezy, funny, light and heart warming, I enjoyed this story, and although it is considered a non-fiction memoir, I suspect there might be a little glitz and gloss added here and there. Reads like a chick-lit novel, but entirely entertaining and enjoyable.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a hopeless romantic. I'm also a bit of a cheeseball (as my family will vehemently attest to). In addition, I can thoroughly understand the lure of Wranglers, and cowboy hats, and cowboy boots, and work-roughened hands. So it was inevitable that I pick up this book.I've been a follower of Ree's blog for a few years now. I picked up her cookbook when it was released and took the opportunity to meet the lady and her sister, Betsy. They were sweet, and perfect. I loved every minute of the five hours I spent waiting for my 30 seconds of hello.I first started reading her love story on her blog about 5 months ago, but I struggled because I like to do my reading lying down, and sitting at a computer doesn't really let you do that. So I was thrilled when I saw her story was picked up by a publisher and that I'd be able to indulge to my pj'd, warm blanketed delight.I'm not going to say this book is filled with some of the best writing out there. I mean, how many times can a guy be described the way Ree describes him. Of course, that doesn't mean I didn't love it every time she did it either (see earlier descriptions of myself). Ultimately, this story is for those women out there who, like myself, love the idea of love and want to also experience a bit of the reality of it. Yes, Ree paints things in an incredibly rosy light when it comes to Malboro Man, but not everything in the story is painted as such. There are laugh out loud humilating moments, moments when she is completedly candid about things that paint her in a less-than-flattering light.. but the story has a ring of truth to it and it gives me hope - not necessarily for myself.. but hope that there are still couples out there that are that madly in love and their children are there to see that example set.This is the perfect story to give that gal in your life (or yourself!) who loves a pure love story. Fun, tear-inducingly hilarious, sweet and everything else it was promised to be.
NellieMc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit to being a little defensive about giving this book four stars ¿ it's not great literature, it's not great writing, it's probably not entirely true, and it's not sophisticated. But it's just fun. If you've read Ree Drummond's enormously successful blog, you know the style (aw shucks, fish out of water city girl on large cattle ranch) and, in fact, have probably read much of the book; about 2/3 has been published on her blog. But Drummond has an enormous readership (over 2 million a month) because of the qualities in this book that are relatively rare. She's unabashedly in love with her husband (who has to be less perfect than she portrays him in the book), has a innate sense of humor and irony that comes out frequently, has a tremendous respect for the men and women who live tough ranching lives and live and die by uncontrollable factors such as weather, avoids politics and preaching, and believes that sex and lust should be tied up with emotion. So, if you're looking for an old-fashioned book that will make you feel warm and cozy, and aren't afraid of indulging in a little unsophisticated country life, this is a warming book.
nancypantslady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Pioneer Woman has done it again. She's done what most of us married gals try to keep from happening at any cost: made women everywhere fall in love with her husband. But the acknowledgments make explicitly clear that this piece of Oklahoma is her Territory, "To Marlboro Man, because you're mine." The simple, ironic and sometimes gut-bustingly hilarious love story of a confused twenty-something city girl, while seemingly fanciful is at the same time completely believable. Maybe it's that Ree takes pains to ensure that her readers know that true love, while it may very well be a sweep-you-off-your feet kind of affair, also has its moments where it is less of a sweeping sensation and more of a catching one when you are just about to fall flat on your face, whether figuratively or literally. Drummond captures these too-real-for-the-movies moments, making the reader laugh out loud during an otherwise warm moment. She also sheds light on the real possibility of this thing every woman wants, a good and decent man who loves and does right by her not just in spite of her foibles but at least in part precisely because of them. Ree conveys the simple and beautiful fact that love sometimes surprises you in both the who and the how it comes about, through laughter, "flop sweat," manure and tears. And what an endearing surprise it is when it comes, just like this book.
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I normally am not a fan of love stories. This one is SO GOOD!! It made me long for the cowboy that got away. It also made me laugh out loud. The best book I have read lately!
ifnotforbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am one of the 2 million people that read Ree's blog so I knew I would like the book. This book will not win the National Book Award for excellence in literature but that is not why I picked it up. Ree's style of writing is folksy, warm, fuzzy, HILARIOUS, romantic (and I don't even like romance novels). It is just like a conversation with your best friend and that is why so many of us love Ree and her famiy. If you want a "feel good" book this is it.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a regular reader of her blog, but I love her cookbook (those cinnamon rolls are TO DIE FOR!). So when her memoir came out, I had to read it. And it was super cute, funny and romantic. Yes, it's fluff, and far from literary, but reading it felt like chatting with a close girlfriend. Ree and I are VERY different - she's really girly, always fretting about looking and dressing just right. Of course, this provides greater comic effect next to her cowboy. This book is SO ROMANTIC. Almost to the point of disbelief - they rarely fight or argue - is any relationship that idyllic? Ree is VERY physically attracted to her cowboy husband, and the descriptions get a bit tiresome. But seriously - such a romantic book. I had a great time reading it.
mmadamslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This read more like a "beach book" than a work of nonfiction. The author, a city girl, is home in OK, in between jobs in LA and Chicago. She goes out one night with friends, and falls in love with a mysterious rancher. The rest of the book is a lot of "making out," and her encounters with ranch life. It was OK, but I'm not sure I would recommend it as a pioneer story- more as a true romance.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parts of this book were very cute and sweet. I couldn't help but have that warm fuzzy feeling as their relationship blossomed. However, I did think some things were overdone such as the descriptions of the "Marlboro Man" over and over and the preoccupation with clothing and primping among other things. I realize this book is supposed to be the story of how they met and married, but I'd be much more interested to learn in better detail about Ree's adaptation to ranch life. Maybe that will be coming in the next book.
magnolia2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the blogger, the pioneer woman, and her romance with "Marlboro Man" the cowboy from Oklahoma she fell in love with and married. It is a good narrative and if you enjoy her blogsite it is fun to read the story of her romance with Marlboro Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Found myself laughing out loud many times.
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papooseRC More than 1 year ago
Love the book could not put it down till the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen her show, and I've only checked out her blog a few times so I wasn't sure what to expect wiht this book. However, I found this to be an easy and entertaining read. I appreciated how the author was genuine and shared her embarassing stories, fears, dillemas, etc.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When Ree Drummond thought of her perfect life, she never imagined it would be the complete opposite of everything she would do and be. Living the life of a city girl in a home that bordered the golf course, her days consisted of country clubs, dancing, and socializing with her girls friends over shopping trips until the day she looked across the bar and saw the cowboy. The complete opposite of all the previous men she had dated in the past and just at the time she was considering a move to Chicago and terminating a long standing relationship, she met Marlboro Man. He was a handsome cowboy wearing cowboy boots, Wranglers and salt and peppered hair. She found herself captivated in so many ways and when she walked over to talk to him, her life would change forever. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond is her personal story of the love story between her and her husband that she affectionately calls Marlboro Man. For those of you who have never heard of The Pioneer Woman, then you need to read this heart warming love story of life on a cattle ranch and all the horror stories that went hand in hand with winning over her heart. Before I read this book, I knew Ree Drummond from her successful blog, The Pioneer Woman wear one will find anything from home schooling tips, to photographs of her life on the ranch, to the most mouth watering recipes anywhere in the world. But a world of caution, once you begin your journey, Ree will become your new best friend. She is a mix between Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball and a little spice from the South all mixed together for a perfect blend of fun loving lady underneath it all. As you read through her latest novel, you feel like your sitting with your friend over cinnamon rolls and coffee on her porch overlooking her cattle ranch as she tells it like it is, no holds barred, and that's what you will love. The same as her readers and fans from all over. She's a real down to earth lady with a heart of gold. I received The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and just know that every woman that reads this will find a connection with Ree. The best part is that the book contains some of her infamous recipes that you can enjoy and fall in love with. This one rates 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and for those of you that love a good romance with a whole lot of laughs along the way, then this is perfect for you.
apirateslife4me More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book up in the store I was giddy with excitement to read it. I bought it on my nook and dove right in. It was a recount of one woman's happiest, saddest, grossest and downright hilariously awkward moments and how is that any different than getting drinks with some good friends? And thats what I liked most about it. Ree Drummond, bravely, puts her stylish dirty laundry out for everyone to read and right off the bat you will recognise some things you yourself have hidden in your closet. Every woman will fall in love with "Marlboro Man", who in keeping nameless the entire time almost gives it a sense that you too can have one of your own :). You will laugh at her clumsy moments (that will be all too familiar to some of us) and cringe at the lesser glamorous ones we all can relate to. Every girl who ever dreamed of Jett Rink, John Wayne, Jesse James, Rhett Butler or Trace Atkins and living happily ever after will LOVE this book! You may go out and start taking horseback riding lessons.