Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pure Hearts by Jeannine Allison


Goodreads Review


Nicholas Blake learned a long time ago that nobody does anything for free. He’s felt the pain of lies and manipulations enough times to know that people only look out for themselves, and that all good deeds come with a price. So when he wakes up from a near deadly car accident and finds out a stranger is offering to donate her kidney, he’s immediately suspicious of her intentions.

What he doesn’t expect is Iris Chamberlain, a beautiful woman with a big smile and an even bigger heart, claiming she just wants to help. The more time Nick spends with Iris, the more he starts to believe in what he always thought was impossible: a pure heart.

But betrayal leaves a bitter mark. Will Nick be able to let go of his past and let Iris in? And will Iris be able to show him what it truly means to have a pure heart?


I can clearly see why there are high ratings for this book but…

This book is interesting and when reading the book, I thought it would be your run of the mill book. Although I enjoyed it at times I also really struggled with it. If I put my personal feelings aside this truly is a beautiful, poignant and heartfelt read. There is a hidden beauty where the author has really brought out all the emotions on paper and that you get sucked into the plot. The message of the book is that with positive thinking we will get further and that holding a grudge can cost time and energy and that we should show forgiveness.

Nick Blake is ornery, bitter and extremely grumpy. His life has been filled with disappointment, loss and a need to keep himself apart from everyone in his life. He puts in the bare minimum to live. His one true love is cooking. Although he can hold a mean grudge he I still really liked him. The author has given him such great character development that you can’t help but just fall for him as a character. Beneath all his mistrust and anger he is a good guy he just doesn’t know how to show it. And let’s not forget the dimples.

Iris Chamberlain has suffered her own disappointment and loss in life but she has made the best of a tough situation and always lives life to the fullest. She has a heart of gold and is (sickeningly) sweet. She is Mother Theresa in young. I am so cynical but just my feels on this peeps.

Iris can come across as a bit of a doormat but in her ability to forgive it really shows her true strength. She has the right attitude when it comes to life but no one can be that frigging happy and positive all the time.

The more Nick opens up the harder he falls and sees that life can be different. Iris did so much for Nick it really is hard to see what Nick has done for Iris. I did like them together but was all too happy for my liking and this is on a personal level.

The plot was interesting would you be a living donor and donate one of your kidneys if it could save someone’s life? Should more of us be living donors? Tough questions and I feel as if there is no right or wrong answer. This book did make me feel uncomfortable in places but it’s good to read out of your comfort zone.

On a personally level I believe that not everything is black and white as written in the book there are so many shades of grey. But I can’t fathom is blind faith and that at times there was a strong underlying religious theme. But this is just me so don not in any way take my review into consideration if you want to read the book.