Publisher: William Morrow, 2011
Genre: Romantic, Humorous Memoir
My Rating: A
Long before Ree Drummond was known for her cookbook, she posted a story, one chapter at a time, on her blog. It was the story of how she and her husband, Marlboro Man, met. He was a virile, handsome cowboy, a rancher. She was visiting her hometown before heading off to the big city. There was an instant attraction between them but they played it cool at first.
It had been almost exactly four months since we’d met; four months since we’d locked glances in that bar; four months since his eyes and hair had made my knees turn to overcooked noodles.
It only took one date. Then it was every night for two weeks. They couldn’t part from each other although Dee knew she needed to stick to her plan of moving to the big city.
With no sounds save for the thumping of my own heart inside my chest, I was left to swim around in my thoughts. I’ve got to get going. This will only get harder. I don’t belong here. I belong in the city. God, his arms feel good, What am I doing here? I need to get that apartment before it goes. I’m calling in the morning. This has been wonderful, but it isn’t reality. It isn’t smart. I love the smell of his shirt. I’ll miss the smell of his shirt. I’ll miss this. I’ll miss him.
I was half asleep-tipsy on his musky fumes–when I felt Marlboro Man gently muzzle his face toward my ear. Taking a deep breath, he exhaled, his chest falling–the words I love you escaping from his mouth so quietly, I wasn’t sure whether I’d dreamed it.
As we all know, Ree never made it to the big city. Their romance escalated until they both caved. The book is filled with their blooming relationship, both families, the stress of her parents crumbling marriage, and then their crazy wedding plans.
All of that I read on The Pioneer Woman‘s blog, one chapter at a time. I loved the story. I kept coming back to read each new chapter. It read like a classic romance novel even though it was true. The final chapter ended with their wedding.
And then–this book was published. The original story is all there, in case you missed it when it was on her blog. In addition there is a whole new section starting with their honeymoon in Australia. This section covers the first year of their marriage including the pregnancy of their first child. It’s still touching and humorous and full of crazy events.
I recommend this fun book to all of you, especially if you are a fan of the Pioneer Woman.