Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey

Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey


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Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey by Troylyn Ball, Bret Witter

Finalist for a 2018 Southern Book Prize for Biography and History

Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate developer, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their non-verbal, wheelchair-bound son Marshall, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina.

Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this booming little Appalachian Mountain city of hippies, farmers, artisans, and retirees, she unexpectedly discovered a support network and something she’d never had in twenty-five years of providing round-the-clock care for her special needs boys: the freedom to pursue her own dreams. She struck up a friendship with a legendary eighty-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine.

But when the real estate bubble burst and the collapse of her husband Charlie’s new venture in Asheville left them deeply in debt, Troy realized her ten-year business plan for Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey wasn’t enough. If she was going to save her family—and she was definitely going to save her family—she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. And she needed to do it fast, before the bank took her house, her business, and everything she’d worked so hard to achieve.

Full of eccentric characters and charming locations—from a "haunted" cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn—Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places, and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062458971
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 806,037
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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, Troy 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. Today, the center sees over 2,500 children with autism and spectrum disorders and coordinates international medical research studies. Troy lives outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Charlie, and two of their three grown sons, Marshall and Coulton, who have special needs.

Bret Witter has co-authored eight New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 bestseller The Monuments Men. He lives with his family in Decatur, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Pure Heart? 1

Part I Listener's Hill

Chapter 1 Before Marshall 11

Chapter 2 Marshall 19

Chapter 3 The Cat 24

Chapter 4 Planting Seeds 31

Chapter 5 Listener's Hill 36

Chapter 6 Two Gifts 45

Chapter 7 The End 55

Part II Angelwood

Chapter 8 Asheville 61

Chapter 9 We Find Our Way 69

Chapter 10 Pet 'n' Poke 78

Chapter 11 Whisper Mountain 87

Chapter 12 Finding Forrest 93

Chapter 13 The Cookout 103

Chapter 14 Alabama Clyde 110

Chapter 15 Block and Tackle 116

Chapter 16 Shaken 121

Part III Peaceful Valley Farm

Chapter 17 Crooked Creek 129

Chapter 18 Peaceful Valley 137

Chapter 19 The Thumper 147

Chapter 20 A Place of My Own 155

Chapter 21 Partner 165

Chapter 22 Broken 178

Part IV Taccirring

Chapter 23 Taking Stock 185

Chapter 24 Oscar 193

Chapter 25 Trust 201

Chapter 26 Winter 206

Chapter 27 A Woman Did This? 213

Chapter 28 A Hundred Runs 221

Chapter 29 It Comes Together 229

Chapter 30 Sell, Sell, Sell 238

Chapter 31 Connections 246

Chapter 32 Taccirring 255

Epilogue: A Whisper From a Mountain 259

Suggested Reading 259

Acknowledgments 275

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KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Troylyn Ball is a truly remarkable woman. She has so much energy, drive, love and devotion for her family and friends and it really shines through in her memoir. Her book touches on her early years growing up in Texas, her marriages and children, and the family’s relocation to North Carolina. It details how in mid-life, after decades of caring for her family, she’s driven to start a new business. The overarching theme is right there in the title, Pure Heart, and it’s the way she has lived her life. An inspirational story for everyone who has dreamed of being an entrepreneur or who just appreciates a really good life story.