Biographies & Memoirs

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

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 Wranglers.

And chaps.

And the girl who fell in love with them.

Part One

Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time in the Midwest

Chapter 2: Young Hearts Afire

Chapter 3: Rebel’s Return

Chapter 4: A Woman Called Hysterical

Chapter 5: Begone, Destiny!

Chapter 6: Into the Flaming Barn

Chapter 7: Chicago, Adiós

Chapter 8: Trouble at the Hitching Post

Chapter 9: Sweet Surrender

Part Two

Chapter 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Sweaty

Chapter 11: Along the Dusty Road

Chapter 12: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Chapter 13: High Noon

Chapter 14: She Almost Died with Her Boots On

Chapter 15: Tall in the Saddle

Chapter 16: Fire in the Western Sky

Chapter 17: Torment Trail

Chapter 18: So Long to Paradise

Chapter 19: A Fistful of Elmer’s

Chapter 20: A Faceful of Dynamite

Chapter 21: She Wore a Lily White Vera

Part Three

Chapter 22: The Sick and the Dread

Chapter 23: For a Few Dollars Less

Chapter 24: Home on the Range

Chapter 25: Bad Day at Black Rock

Chapter 26: Dark Canyon

Chapter 27: The Misfit

Chapter 28: St. Nick in Chaps

Chapter 29: Terror at the Golden Arches

Chapter 30: The Plainswoman

Chapter 31: The Hills Run Pink

Chapter 32: Unforgiven

Chapter 33: Tombstone

Chapter 34: Tears Won’t Water Steers

Chapter 35: Fair Blows the Wind

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