An Honest Love Story (book review)

I found a new best friend! Well not really, but if we met in person, the moment could well be an instant sisterhood made in Heaven.

In Ree Drummond’s perfectly titled autobiography The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story, I passionately identified with her story…the messy emotional ups and downs of young womanhood… falling instantly and madly and deeply in love…getting hitched the old fashioned way (in an actual church)…and having that first baby girl.

Drummond’s relatable, comfortable style of writing draws her readers in to admire her life transform from a thoroughly-sure-of-her-destiny young woman who meets up with a life-changing man to a fiercely protective “Mama” who loves her husband even more because now he is “Daddy.”

Her descriptions are revealing, pictorial, and sometimes just downright palpable.

I always love an honest story, especially an honest love story…

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story
By Ree Drummond
Publication date: 2011
ISBN 978-0-06-199716-7

Carla Stewart’s Debut Novel: Way Back in 2010 (book review)

There are books I recommend because they are a “good read.” Then, there are a very few recently published books such as Carla Stewart’s Chasing Lilacs that surpass the entertainment category and help define authentic literary fiction. 

I don’t believe literary fiction is always a genre exclusive of all other genres.  However, Stewart’s Chasing Lilacs artfully focuses upon and searches deeply into character, psychology, and character psychology as well as style (rather than concentrating first and foremost on narrative and plot).

As you read through and experience Stewart’s composition, you discover room for interpretation and opportunities for self-definition.  The entertainment factor is a delightful bonus. At the risk of sounding overly academic, I dare say Chasing Lilacs is a timeless, beautiful exploration.  An amazing debut novel!

(And for those of you who know me, no, I don’t have a heart for this novel just because it’s set in Texas…but it didn’t hurt!)

Chasing Lilacs
Author: Carla Stewart
Pub. June 2010
ISBN: 9780446556552