Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey
Written by Troy Ball with Bret Witter
February 2017, $14.84 - 26.99
There is nothing stronger than a mother's love... except a good glass of moonshine.
The mountains of North Carolina are rich - lush with the greens and blues of the seven-mile views and bursting with a culture where the ways of Old Appalachia meet the new South.
This is the heart of moonshine country, where they practice an art passed down from generation to generation, crafted not only out of pride and ingenuity but also out of a daring to push the boundaries of the law to create a product that has come, in many ways, to symbolize America.
Troy Ball is a classic Southern belle, with an easy charm, impeccable manners, a wide smile, and golden-blond hair. But beneath that crisp white blouse and strand of pearls is a streak of tenacity a mile wide.
In the early 2000s, Troy and her husband, Charlie, left their native Texas for the up-and-coming town of Asheville, North Carolina, because the climate was better for the health of their two severely ill, special-needs sons. Troy found there something the dedicated mom never expected: time for herself.
And then came Forrest Jarrett, an Appalachian raconteur with a pickup truck, a thousand stories to tell, and a sip or two of white squeezings, aka moonshine, to share with the newcomer.
What followed was a surprising friendship and a five-year journey into the heart of distilling old-fashioned corn whiskey. Stretching back to Colonial times and forward to today and the Byzantine laws Troy had to navigate to become the first female legal moonshiner in the history of the South, this a true moonshine-making odyssey that will touch your soul.
When the real estate crash wiped out her family financially and threatened the safety of her children, Troy realized that moonshine was more than a hobby... her world-class whiskey (and newfound friends) could save her family too.
Troy Ball is the founder and principal owner of Asheville Distilling Company in Asheville, North Carolina, makers of Troy & Sons Platinum whiskey, Troy & Sons Oak Reserve, and Blonde whiskey. Troy & Sons Platinum recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating.
In 2004, she cofounded the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas, which has recently changed its name to the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. You can find her online at troyball.com.
Bret Witter is the writer of eight bestsellers, including Dewey and The Monuments Men. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
I wasn't sure how I would like this book, but after reading the first chapter I was hooked! The personal story and writing style are perfect.
Troy is a go-getter and succeeds in whatever she does. Not only do you find out about her family life and obstacles they go through, but you learn how she starts her moonshine business, step-by-step.
All in all, it was very interesting to me. Now we are going to have to find her moonshine to try it for ourselves. I Rated This Book: 4/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐