Ree Drummond, author of the award-winning ThePioneerWoman.com, once advised her readers interested in blogging themselves to “write as if you’re talking to your sister”. Charmingly self aware, Drummond possesses a voice not unlike what she describes, one that pervades her writing and narration of The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Listening to her tell the story of how she fell in love, you quickly feel as though you’ve known Drummond for years.
The Pioneer Woman is an enchanting retelling of how Drummond made a life-altering transition from city girl to country girl. Fresh out of college in Los Angeles, where she studied Journalism at USC, it would be uncharacteristic for Drummond to trade her black pumps for a pair of cowboy boots to be with a Marlboro Man in rural Oklahoma, but that’s just what she did. On paper, one may prejudged her as a whimsical woman just dropping everything for a man, but Drummond convinces the listener that life is not always about doing what you’re expected to do, even if the unexpected involves settling down right where you grew up. Her love story is ballsy, passionate, and captivating.
This is not a conventional love story, yet Drummond does incorporate a playful Harlequin romance tone which is charming and effective, especially as it extends into her narration. A delight not just for fans of Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman is a satisfying listen from a quick-witted, charismatic woman with an endearing love story. Suzanne Day
"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.
"Listen 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 the girl who fell in love with them."
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©2011 Ree Drummond (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
This is the story of Ree Drummond, a city girl with big city plans, swept off her feet by "Marlborough Man" to a home on a remote cattle ranch in Oklahoma complete with all the eye-opening moments such a major life change entails. I'm a big fan of Ree's Pioneer Woman blog- a delightful spot for country cooking, gorgeous photography, and humorous anecdotes. Her audio book is just as much fun as her blog, and best of all, it is read by the author herself.
I listen to her show on Food Network
her way of description
When she fell in love
Ree is believable, self depricating and her love story was beautiful. She did a good job explaining the heels to tractor wheels and understood, but did not always appreciate the importance of herself on the ranch. Loved it.
Amusing, real, just like Pioneer Woman is on her blog. Totally enjoyed this book, and especially loved that Pioneer Woman personally did the reading. Made the book that much more real.
The beginning of the relationship that you see on television, Ree and Ladd are the cutest couple. You can see the love they have for each other and now you can hear how their love grew.
The story was really self absorbed. And really I could only listen to her go on about his arms so many times. I thought she was adorable from the food network, now not so much... But that's just my opinion.
I'm a hopeless romantic and I'm a Christian woman who is 40 and still hasn't found the man of my dreams. This true story of Ree and Lad's is what I've been hoping to find myself and I needed to hear it to be reminded that old-fashioned gentlemen may just still exist, after all.
Thank you Ree for sharing this story. It made me laugh and cry at times. But mostly smile. I finished it in a handful of days as I intentionally listened every available minute I could: driving to work, getting ready in the morning and even first thing upon waking up instead of hitting snooze. I just couldn't wait to continue listening each time but very aware that I never wanted it to get to the end.
I just finished listening to Ree's story in her own voice. I could hardly stop listening long enough to interact with my family. Complete with laugh out loud moments and heartbreak and tension, besides the thread running through of tender beautiful love.
I highly recommend this book!
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