Saturday, June 24, 2017

Title: Pure Hearts
Author: Jeannine Allison
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2017
She gave me her kidney. I gave her my heart...
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 fell in love with this book!!  I waited until the last minute to read it because I have family in town, so I kept putting it off.  I finally sat down and read it in one sitting and it was so refreshing.  Ultimately, after having family in...I needed this book.  I don't know about you, but my family is a little crazy and I'd like to give them away - ASAP!!  After reading this I felt a little more positive that there's always a little redemptive quality in people.  That's the whole message of this book - why spend your life being angry with others when you can forgive them?  It's a hard concept for some. 

The hero in this story has been dealt a rough road.  A lot of people are but he sees everyone through distrustful eyes.  His dad left when he was a boy and walked out of his life.  His ex did something that was unforgivable and he can't find it in himself to forgive her or anyone who comes after her.  Enter Iris...she's a breath of fresh air.  She's also had a crappy life but she's chosen a different path, a different outlook.  Instead of being distrustful of everyone, she chooses to give them the benefit of the doubt and to forgive.  What a great world we would live in if everyone did that.  When we meet the hero...he's been in an accident and needs a kidney transplant and Iris wants to be his living donor.  The problem is - why would someone give something for nothing.  That's the question to answer through the whole book and the conclusion to the question is - love.  Love of people, love of self-worth, love of your Creator.  It's so simplistic and yet it's complicated at the same time.  There's a wrench thrown into Nick and Iris's love story that I predicted pretty early on.  I don't think that it detracts from the story.  If anything, it lent a real aspect to it.  There are things that happen in life that are connected, woven together like the yarn in a crocheted blanket.  I absolutely would recommend this to all my friends.  It's uplifting, heart-warming and at times heart-wrenching.  I cried for the children they were and for the adults they became...It's a book that you really need Kleenex for.  The side story of the mother finding true love was welcome.  So often, you have the bitter mother and this didn't have that.  I would buy this for my mom to read, it's that good!

United Indie Book Blog - “This is a beautiful, raw and emotional story.” Bad and Dirty Books - “Pure Hearts has heart, intention but most of all a story to tell. A story I'm grateful I got to experience.” Becca (Goodreads Review) - “This book is perfection. I have nothing to say. Hurry up and read it as soon as it’s released! You don’t want to miss it out.”

Jeannine Allison is an author of contemporary and New Adult romance. After waffling between many degrees in college, she finally graduated with a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.
She loves writing and reading -- obviously :) -- but when she's not she enjoys playing with her two dogs, obsessing over new makeup, drinking coffee, googling new tattoos, and pretty much anything else that allows her to wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt ;)
She is a big fan of being exactly who you are. Her favorite stories to write are about characters finding and loving who they are.


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