- I visit The Pioneer Woman on a daily basis and love her recipes.
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
Summary from GoodReads:
“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 knew it, I’d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it.
Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife—and manure—than I ever could have expected.
This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.
It’s the story of a cowboy.
And the girl who fell in love with them.
I am a hopeless romantic. I’m also a bit of a cheeseball (as my family will vehemently attest to). In addition, I can thoroughly understand the lure of Wranglers, and cowboy hats, and cowboy boots, and work-roughened hands. So it was inevitable that I pick up this book.
I’ve been a follower of Ree’s blog for a few years now. I picked up her cookbook when it was released and took the opportunity to meet the lady and her sister, Betsy. They were sweet, and perfect. I loved every minute of the five hours I spent waiting for my 30 seconds of hello.
I first started reading her love story on her blog about 5 months ago, but I struggled because I like to do my reading lying down, and sitting at a computer doesn’t really let you do that. So I was thrilled when I saw her story was picked up by a publisher and that I’d be able to indulge to my pj’d, warm blanketed delight.
I’m not going to say this book is filled with some of the best writing out there. I mean, how many times can a guy be described the way Ree describes him. Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it every time she did it either (see earlier descriptions of myself). Ultimately, this story is for those women out there who, like myself, love the idea of love and want to also experience a bit of the reality of it. Yes, Ree paints things in an incredibly rosy light when it comes to Malboro Man, but not everything in the story is painted as such. There are laugh out loud humilating moments, moments when she is completedly candid about things that paint her in a less-than-flattering light.. but the story has a ring of truth to it and it gives me hope – not necessarily for myself.. but hope that there are still couples out there that are that madly in love and their children are there to see that example set.
This is the perfect story to give that gal in your life (or yourself!) who loves a pure love story. Fun, tear-inducingly hilarious, sweet and everything else it was promised to be.
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