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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  15,862 Ratings  ·  2,606 Reviews
"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 k
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by William Morrow
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Stacy If you are a fan of Ree Drumand and her blog and show then yes... There is quite a bit of back knowledge that comes in handy when reading this book…moreIf you are a fan of Ree Drumand and her blog and show then yes... There is quite a bit of back knowledge that comes in handy when reading this book though. Her writing is pretty good although a bit repetative, I found. She really drives the "love story" home throughout the book and gives you good insight into who she is as a person and where she comes from. But, like I said, all that is only really appealing if you are a fan. I am and I enjoyed the book. Not a literary masterpiece by any means, but a fun light read.(less)
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Dec 17, 2011 Ragan rated it did not like it
I wish there was an option for negative stars as this book definitely does not deserve a single star. It was beyond horrible. She writes like a 12 year old girl and comes off as a self absorbed prima donna. She runs over her dog without any grief, her parents’ divorce (when she was 27) and it’s all about her. Then the fact that she is so overly dramatic about everything. She's sick the first day of her honeymoon and its oh my husband is going to leave me and fly back to the US. It was just ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Christy rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, memoir, cooking, 2011
Once again more proof that bloggers aren't necessarily book authors. Blog reading is free so one can be generous with the quality of writing and storytelling. Ree's problem, is not that she can't write, but like many bloggers-turned-authors, is that she didn't write book but strung blog posts together and added some new material. The last third of BHtTW is the best written section, most likely because wasn't originally a series of blog posts, polished up and presented between a book binding.

Mar 06, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect diversion to normal life. I loved it. I love her and I love Marlboro man. I can't wait for this to become a movie. Some of the reviews are harsh, so I do advise perusing her blog before reading the book to get who she is. Maybe you won't like it still, but I found her totally relatable, like I was sitting and listening to a good friend and wished I could have swapped stories of dating, courtship, embarrasing moments, and read it and lets chat.
Jun 15, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok
The problem with publishing a bunch of blog posts as a book is that it reads like a bunch of blog posts: choppy, hastily written and desperately in need of a good editor. Drummond's writing is rife with bad cliches and superfluous adjectives, and at times I wasn't sure if it was her future husband she was in love with or her own cooking (or Anne Klein jeans). Also a sore spot: the plot was flat and strangely vague at times- the reader is given play-by-plays of their makeout sessions, but beyond ...more
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Apr 14, 2011 Melany rated it it was amazing
Pretty much awesome. I think I might be considering a move to an area where I can roam around ranches in search of a cowboy :-) ...or maybe not. Not really my type, but then it wasn't the authors type until she got swept off her feet. I guess your whole world really can change in a series of moments.
Sep 27, 2011 Annette rated it liked it
i just recently discovered website/blog. so i was really interested in how ree drummond got her "city" self onto this ranch in the middle of nowhere! i HAD to read this book! ;)

the book is very "real". she writes about the feelings & the happenings & the unexpected crap that everyone goes through in their lives, and about how you deal with it or how you don't...
she had a lot of things going on in her life, and she got a lot of "stuff dumped on her" in a short amount o
Jul 23, 2011 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
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Sep 25, 2011 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
My first library book on my Kindle!! Love Ree!
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Mar 21, 2011 Kris Irvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
This was a good book to read after I finished the slightly psyche-scarring "Uprising." Light and easy to read, fun and humorous. But I had some issues with it.

First, it reads like a blog, which is kind of like "duh," since Drummond is a blogger. I remember reading about the first 1/4th of the book when she was doing weekly updates on it. But somehow I thought the finished product would be less bloggy and more... booky? It seemed choppy in places, a little "too good to be true" in MANY places, a
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Jun 20, 2011 Jana rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
I read this when it first came out and forgot to put it on my Goodreads list until I saw it pop up on a friend's reviews. I like PW's recipes (but not her picture-heavy posts or unfunny self-deprecation or repetitive how to chop an onion directions) and I used to really like her blog, but I grew up on a farm and in a small town so the isn't-this-quaint and all-midwesterners-eat-like-crap stories get on my nerves a little bit. Anyway, this book read like a bunch of blog posts that were printed ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
The Pioneer Woman's newest book: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story. I read it in one sitting, not finishing until after midnight. It was a fun escape. It's a real life love story of a city girl, PW, who meets a cowboy, Marlboro Man, and they fall in love. It's a great story, even more so because I knew I was reading someone's true life experience with love, marriage, first pregnancy and adjusting to a whole new life. I laughed and cried right along with PW as she lived her life on the ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2014
Nothing is more delicious than picking up the absolute best book to match your mood at the right moment! I was in a bit of a book funk, and it seemed like most of the books I’d recently read were either depressing or super gritty. Oddly enough, I wasn’t in the mood for something cheerful or light, though…just different. I pulled this off the shelf, read the first page and was instantly drawn in; it was nothing like I’d expected it to be!

When I initially picked up The Pioneer Woman in a used boo
Mar 10, 2011 Adrian rated it did not like it
it makes me so so so sad to give this such a low rating. She thanks her editors effusively in the intro, but in my opinion they did her a disservice. Her story was much better told when she was writing it up on her blog, in part because her own wry voice came through perfectly clearly. In this book version, somebody muddied it up in the name of style. It was a great story on the blog. This is a terrible book.

And it's really disappointing, in part because it really is a great story, for two reaso
Oct 04, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 Chicag
Aug 31, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
My goodness! I have read some of the other reviews of this book and am amazed how much vitriol and hatred is out there about such a harmless innocuous book.
I recently discovered the Pioneer Woman for myself, after knowing my daughter had been a fan of her blog for years. I don't spend a lot of time reading cooking blogs( or any blogs for that matter) but then one day I caught her show on the Food network and got hooked. I watched several episodes( they were repeats by the time I learned about t
Sep 13, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it ended too soon.
I'm at the "been married 13 years and trying to keep the passion while letting the kids go out into the world and learn hard lessons on their own" stage of I'd have LOVED to hear the next chapters. I hope their is a sequel. (I have never read her blogs, it is not necessary to enjoy the book...but I might just read the blogs to see if I can get part of "the next chapter".)

I love that this story is TRUE. I love that s
Sarah Eiseman
Mar 20, 2011 Sarah Eiseman rated it it was amazing
This book was a biography written by Ree Drummond about how she met and fell in love with her husband. She writes a popular blog where she talks about her daily life, gives some recipes, and various other interesting facts about living on a ranch.

I used to read non-fiction almost exclusively before I found fiction authors and a genre that I really enjoyed reading. Going back to anything reality-based at this point is a struggle for me, but I really wanted to give this book a shot. It looked inte
Dec 19, 2014 Jesse rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics
I want to start this review off by saying that I am not a romantic in any sense of the word. I’ve heard about the blog and this book just sounded like fun. And that’s all it was: frivolous, fluffy fun and very light on anything deep.

Ree details the regular courtship and the passionate beginning of her life with her husband Marlboro Man. I know the basics of their dates, how she changed from an L. A. girl to the Pioneer Woman. It was very sweet. But it read like a romance novel that lacked a lot
May 04, 2011 Ashlee rated it really liked it
I don't know if it is my farming background or my current state of life, but I loved this book by popular blogger, The Pioneer Woman (aka Ree Drummond). The book is a real love story set on an Oklahoma cattle ranch. Drummond is in love with her husband in a way that I hope every woman can relate to. She is funny and provides the perfect amount of modest steaminess! (It is a love story after all!)

This book is perfect if you want a happy story that does not require intellectual thinking! I ahve r
Jessica Reilley
Apr 11, 2011 Jessica Reilley rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
I'm giving this book two stars... and I'm also giving up on finishing it. I'm about a third of the way in, and I just can't get past the fact that it sounds like a bunch of blog posts just strung together. I know, the book did stem from her blog posts, but you would've thought her editor could've done a better job of putting it into a more readable book format. I'm bummed because I like The Pioneer Woman's blog. I've tried her recipes (and enjoyed them) and I love her photography tutorials. That ...more
Oct 23, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've loved Ree Drummond's blog since I first found it. Her sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself is hard to resist. I read her abbreviated version of the Marlboro Man romance on her website and was undoubtedly one of the many women who oohed and sighed over the handsome cowboy, so when this book was announced I knew I had to read it as well. I wasn't disappointed. This is sweet, sigh worthy, laugh out loud funny retelling of their romance and Ree's transition from former California ...more
Valerie Waters
Sep 16, 2012 Valerie Waters rated it it was ok
wow.This book should have been about half as long as it was. I felt like the author went off on WAY too many tangents. Every thought she had there was a two or three page tangent....a bit excessive. Then referring to the guy as the Marlboro Man through THE WHOLE BOOK!!! Come on! At first I thought she didn't know his name but after they dated for months and she still called him the MM it was so lame. Not cute. Not funny. LAME!!! I really liked MM (see I can't even type the name I'm so tired of ...more
Apr 16, 2011 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The first three-fourths of the book is the same story Ree wrote on her blog.

Once Ree starts dating her future husband early on in the book, it's nothing but a continual description of them cooking dinner, watching movies and making out with an occasional shift here or there. She says the same things over and over, in just a slightly different way, which bored me to death. I kept thinking, "Just get on with the story."

She constantly brand drops which I find in poor taste. You definitely get the
Shannon Drichta
Sep 12, 2011 Shannon Drichta rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book much at all. I can totally see how she had this written for her blog, but she definitely needed to change it up to make it into a novel. It was so repetitive and so shallow. There were so many things that were going on that she barely talked about that seemed like they should make a huge impact on their relationship. What did the conversation go like with her soon-to-be husband when she told him about her fears about the failings of her own parent's ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Ree Drummond, the “Pioneer Woman” from the highly successful cable television cooking series, has written a heartfelt memoir about how she met, dated, and eventually married her soulmate, the “Marlboro Man”. Ree had left Los Angeles where she had been involved in a long term relationship. Anxious to start a new life in Chicago, she was staying at her parents home in Oklahoma while she made arrangements for her move. However, after meeting the Marlboro Man, Ree realized that she was in for a new ...more
Kim Wilbanks
Jan 09, 2014 Kim Wilbanks rated it it was amazing
Perfect book to drive away the winter blahs. So funny I laughed out loud!
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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 cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; their ...more
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“I missed the anonymity-the ability to run to the market without running into my third-grade teacher.
I missed the nightlife-the knowledge that if I wanted to, there was always an occasion to get dressed up and head out for dinner and drinks.
I missed the restaurants-the Asian, the Thai, the Italian the Indian. I was already tired of mashed potatoes and canned green beans.
I missed the culture- the security that comes from being on the touring schedule of the major Broadway musicals.
I missed the shopping-the funky boutiques, the eclectic shops, the browsing.
I missed the city.”
“My head rested on his shoulder, my heart rested entirely in his hands And in a whisper, my words escaped: "I love you." He probably hadn't heard them. He was too focused on the movie. But he heard me; I could tell. His arms enveloped me even further; his embrace tightened. He breathed in and sighed, and his hand played with my hair. "Good," he said softly, and his gentle lips found mine.” 4 likes
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