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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Ree Drummond is the Pioneer Woman, but she didn’t start out that way. Former vegetarian, Californian, and country club girl, Ree is now a rancher’s wife with her own cooking show and several published books. In this book, Ree invites us into her past as she recounts the incredibly romantic story of how her life began with Marlboro Man. Ree openly tells of all the ways that she made a mess of herself in the black heels she insisted on wearing, but also of the romantic ways that Marlboro Man would always come to her rescue.

When Ree moved back home in order to reprioritize her life before moving on to Chicago, she never expected to fall in love. With a rancher, no less! After casually dating Marlboro Man for a few weeks, fully expecting to continue with her plans to move to Chicago, Ree surprises herself by staying and pursuing the relationship.

During their time together, Ree and Marlboro Man cook for each other, watch sunsets together, and do a lot of passionate necking. And always, after every date or every day together, Marlboro Man calls Ree within just a few minutes of leaving her. They talk and inevitably he chuckles. (The chuckles, we learn, are an important thing to Ree.)

Their dating progresses into an engagement, and the honeymoon that follows seems to be one disaster after another: illness, bad news from home, and then food poisoning. They finally decide to cut the honeymoon short and head home, but the problems at home worsen when Marlboro Man has to make hard decisions about the ranch. Things get tighter and tougher for them as newlyweds, but then they discover that Ree is pregnant! After dealing with horrible morning sickness, working with clothes that no longer fit, and trying to figure out her role on the ranch, Ree gave birth to a baby girl less than a year after they are married.

I love Ree Drummond! ‘Nuff said, right? She’s beautiful, a great cook, and she homeschools her children to boot! My favorite line in Black Heels to Tractor Wheels comes when Ree realizes that she will be married to a rancher and she will have to live on a ranch and do things that ranchers do. She realizes that she’ll likely have several children (perhaps ten or eleven!) and she says, “I’ll have to squat in the garden and give birth while picking my okra.”

I absolutely love Black Heels to Tractor Wheels and would really enjoy seeing another portion of their life chronicled in a novel the way this one was done. It reads like a fairy tale, but is at the same time real and honest, and is one of the best autobiographical books I’ve ever read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.