Quick, Easy Romance Read

I am not a fan of the romance genre, not because I don’t appreciate love stories, but because I find the conventions of the type of book kind of boring and repetitive.  That said, Ree Drummond’s memoir of her courtship and early marriage, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–a Love Story is sweet and a really quick and easy read.

I don’t read Drummond’s blog (I’ve tried, but it’s just not my thing) so I don’t know if this is her usual style, but the book was funny at times, if a bit repetitive.  I found myself wishing her editor had convinced her to condense a bit, since quite a few chapters follow the outline of

  • Wow, I’m really falling for this guy!
  • Kissing
  • Kissing
  • Kissing
  • Getting home late
  • Sleeping late while he gets up early, how will this ever work!?
  • Small mishap
  • Kissing
  • Kissing
  • Kissing
  • I really like him!

I could have done with just one chapter like that.  And at several points during the newlywed section I got kind of tired of the “legs tangled up” euphemism.  However, I don’t mean to be too flip because I do think there is value in telling your story, and it’s particularly heartening to hear the story of someone who is so obviously head-over-heels about her husband.  And the book will be a huge gift to her children when they read it: what a cool thing to have a chance to know your parents as they were when they met and see how they changed together!  It would be interesting to have that perspective.

Although it’s a bit long for what it is, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is not trashy, and this time of year sometimes a light, happy, easy read is just the thing.


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