The Pure Heart | Trudie Tweedie | Review

“It will not lie down till it eat of the prey’ and drink the blood of the slain.”





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 mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?


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 turns that you will find. I thought that this was a middle grade, it reads like a middle grade and I think it should be publicised as such. However, when I think deeper, this is quite dark for a middle grade and if you want an ending where they all lived happily ever after this is not something you will get. If you want a dark excited ending that you probably didn’t expect then this is the book for you.

I liked the characters. Iseabail was a sweetheart who I could not help but feel sorry for, however she was also very naive in the decisions that she makes and the things that she believes. I could not help but feel sorry for her. I found William was another that I liked, felt sorry for but was also very intrigued by. Maria I did not like but I believe that was the authors intention. Maybe they could have done with a little bit more development so that I could have felt a bit more invested in them. I feel like the ending, which I will not spoil, would have had more of an impact on me had I felt more connected to the characters within it.

This was a pleasant read that I would recommend that people pick up. I do think that it is worth your time reading.

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