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The Pure Heart

2.90  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter's companion, her life changes forever. Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house's secrets: a hidden chapel, servants who speak in a foreign tongue, a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a ...more
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Published February 6th 2020
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookbox-books
The nice thing about the Book Box Club is that I not only get books I normally wouldn't have gotten in the bookstore myself, but it's also that we do this buddy read, whether or not I'm in the mood for it. That means that I usually don't even bother to read blurbs or check out what the story is about. I dive in and then I see how it ends and what I think of it.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of this book though. I think the premise and the story itself are actually quite nice and
Lydia Hephzibah
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a lot more basic than I was expecting and I feel like it's being wrongly marketed as YA fantasy (which is a huge and rich category) when it is definitely more like middlegrade fantasy, aimed at age 12ish. The writing was quite bland and there was a lack of characterisation, and the exclamation points in the narrative bothered me. It also felt a bit ... loose. It didn't satisfy, and I don't think it was right to be included in a YA book box as that is not the right audience - this is ...more
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Iseabail, a young girl from a Hebriden island, is employed as the companion of a rich merchant's daughter on the mainland. The position promises her wealth and education, but it may cost her far more than that.

I have such mixed feelings about this book. And they've mostly surfaced since I finished reading and began thinking about it; while I was reading it I was caught up in the story and not really thinking about the implications.

Let's start right at the start. On Iseabail's island, situated
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Firstly, I want to say thank you so much to Chicken House books for sending me a copy of The Pure Heart. I really do appreciate this opportunity.

I did really enjoy my time reading this book. It is a very quick read which will instantly draw you in. I felt like I was so immersed into the story that I did not want to put it down because I wanted to know more.

What I really enjoyed in this book was the world and the plot. I was very intrigued throughout and was taken my surprised by the twists and
Katie Williams
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie was the second book I received in Book Box Club's January box. I am officially all caught up! I mainly loved this story but there were a few things that irritated me slightly which is why I knocked a star off.
The story is centered around Iseabail who lives on an island off of Scotland. She's due to marry the boy she loves but a stranger's letter takes her away from her home into the Scottish borderlands and to a mansion in order to be a companion to the daughter
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was original and the ending was definitely a surprise and a shock to me. There is nothing that I would say I disliked about it. However, some of the characters could have been developed more. I felt like I knew way too much about some and not as much about others. While some I couldn’t quite understand why they were there at all. I also felt like I needed closure with some of the events that happened in the story! Overall it was enjoyable to read, I ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book but I didn't love it. There's nothing in particular that I dislike. I found the story interesting if a little predictable at times, and the ending was certainly surprising and original. Iseabail was also a likeable character although I failed to sympathise with her completely as I often felt she was far too trusting of the wrong people. In any case, I would say it was a pleasant read overall but it failed to pull me in as truly fantastic books do. Perhaps it was simply not my ...more
Holly Marshall
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the end of this book however the beginning really dragged. I feel like it had no real plot or character development and it wasn't until the last chapters that I felt the characters really displayed any sort of emotion or reasoning for their actions. All round I would probably stay away from this book.
Georgina Power
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was very easy book to read and that's probably why it is only 2 stars for me. I was going to give 1 until the ending threw me, so it gained one from that. Although I feel the audience target to be more 13 year old than young adult to be honest. Despite that it was an easy book to get into and finish I just feel it needed a more character development.
Hannah Toplis
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, and the ending was interesting.
A very easy read and a good book
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