I'll get back to mysteries in a few days. In the meantime, in honor of Valentine's Day, I have a romance or two to share, beginning with Ree Drummond's funny, romantic memoir, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - a Love Story. I'm not setting out to find myself a cowboy, but I heard from a New Yorker the other day who was pretty interested in meeting one after reading Ree's story.
Ree Drummond was just home from LA and college, ending a four year relationship. Her Oklahoma hometown wasn't small, but it didn't have the excitement she craved, and Ree was all set to move to Chicago. Then, near Christmas, she went to bar with friends, and spotted an attractive cowboy across the room. For the boy crazy young woman, it was lust at first sight, and she spent the evening talking with the cowboy she called "Marlboro Man." But, he didn't call.
Four months later, Ree had an apartment on hold in Chicago when Marlboro Man called. And, his "confident, commanding presence on the phone" interested her. As they began to spend every evening together, she learned how little they had in common. He lived in the country, was a rancher, and loved football. She grew up on a golf course, with a father who was a doctor, and she studied ballet. But, it wasn't long before Ree didn't know what to do with her life. "My big city plans - plans many months in the making - had all at once been smashed to smithereens by a six-foot cowboy with manure on his boots." And, she'd actually only spent three weeks with him at that time.
Ree Drummond is the bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. She originally told her story on her blog, The Pioneer Woman. But, readers fell in love with her story of her romance. It's a story I'll let you read for yourself because no one is going to capture the humor and the charm of the storyteller herself as she relates the romance, the problems along the way, and the story of her first year of marriage. This story is better than most romances because it's true, the story of a woman who, according to her, found the one man on earth who would appreciate her imperfections. And, it's probably what most people long for on Valentine's Day, and always. Here's the chance to share glimpses of that with Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story.
Ree Drummond's website is www.ThePioneerWoman.com
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story by Ree Drummond. HarperCollins, ©2011. ISBN 9780061997167 (hardcover), 341p.
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