As I said in my review of Life & Laughing, I usually prefer losing myself in fiction over reading true life stories and biographies. However, every now and then something comes along which demands to be read and to hell with the genre.
Pioneer Woman is just such a book and I actually ended up reading it because I follow the author’s blog. Ree Drummond is a lady who loved the trappings of city life, going out and having fun, but when she fell in love with an honest-to-goodness cowboy her whole life changed. Ree is not afraid of making fun of herself, has the most delicious recipes, takes amazing photographs, has four great kids and is still crazily in love with her husband. That’s a criminally brief summary of Ree and her life and I urge you to visit her site (http://thepioneerwoman.com/) because her writing is both funny and thought provoking. I’ve kept up with her for several years now and I hope she never stops!
So what started on her blog as a series of individual posts, about how she met her husband and the changes that happened in her life, eventually turned into regular updates and then subsequently a book. The original online series was called The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels and I believe it was also first published under that name.
The book takes us right from the circumstances that led to her meeting her Cowboy to the end of their first year of marriage, and it amazes me what they went through to get there. Her writing is sharp and witty and she is not at all afraid to portray herself in the worst of conditions. There are moments of reflection and laugh out loud incidents as she experiences the journey from being engaged to a cattle rancher, to being his wife (oh my goodness, their honeymoon!), and then to being a mother.
Every time she talks about her husband (we only know him as Marlborough Man) and children, you can feel the abiding love and adoration she has for them. It was such a treat to finally read this sweet, funny and engaging love story, I was disappointed when it ended!
You should absolutely go out and buy this, even if you have never seen the blog as it’s a great read and a wonderful love story about Ree and her cowboy, the enigmatic Marlborough Man.
Oh, and you never do learn his name