I don’t know if there is a stay-at-home mom in America who hasn’t heard of the Pioneer Woman. Other than maybe those without the internet. Maybe. Ree Drummond has built an empire. From her brilliant blog to her well-designed cookbooks to her special cookware to her Food Network TV show...the list of her creations goes on. In 2011, she also released her autobiographical The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - a Love Story. I didn’t actually know it existed until 2017, and I didn’t buy it until late last year. And then I didn’t read it until last month. But this was nothing against Ree. Literally every recipe I have ever tried by that woman was delicious, including the ones from her cookbook that I own. I just hadn’t gotten around to her book. Then, last month, I needed something different. Something real. And I found it.
As far as I’m concerned, the best romance stories are the ones that are true. Sure, often truth is stranger than fiction, and cringe-worthy things happen, but overall, I love learning real people’s real love stories (see my review for The Magnolia Story).
Ree is a good writer. She knows how to talk and relate to people. That is probably one of the reasons why her blog is so wildly successful. Her love story is charming and heartbreaking and real. She doesn’t hold back from the emotions of her past. She doesn’t hide from past embarrassments. If I have any criticism, it’s that I think she is (was?) too hard on herself. She often was self-deprecating, and not necessarily in a humble or funny way. I feel like she should have cut her younger self some slack.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I could barely put it down. I loved learning about her life. She seems so approachable and Southern. I love how almost conversational her writing is. As you read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, you’ll feel like you’re talking to a friend rather than reading a book written by a complete stranger.