Pure Heart

Pure Heart
(with Troy Ball)

* A 2017 SIBA Okra Pick

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. So 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 and soon, to her surprise, 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.

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The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the “moonshine mama” of the South. A heart-stirring life story.

Kirkus Reviews

This memoir is one readers will easily flip through, enjoying the narrator’s southern-style wit and charming character on every page, along with her profound, all-consuming message of love, hope, and persistence.


Pure Heart is a book about love; romantic love, the love a daughter feels for her mother and father, the love a mother feels for her children, and deep unconditional love. And just when you thought that Troy Ball was the epitome of all that love, she surprises you by becoming a moonshine maker. So, this is a book about love and surprises. What could be better?

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