I have followed Jackson Pearce for a while, and have also heard of her books, but for some reason I have yet to actually pick one up. When I saw Purity in a blogger newsletter I knew I had to request a copy. The synopsis had me instantly intrigued and I needed to know more.
Shelby, the protagonist, made three promises to her Mother, not knowing they were going to be promises to her dying mother, and that she would never see her again after making these promises.
- She would always listen to her father
- Love as much as possible
- Live life without restraint
Purity was an interesting read, and it definitly kept me reading, wanting to find out what would Shelby finally do. While Shelby does what she can to keep to her promises, it is her friend Ruby who is responsible for planting the seeds in Shelby's head about losing her virginity, and Jonas is the one in charge of finding a suitable male candidate for her. The list they had running was short, with only a handful of names on it, and while Jonas my have been asked for his opinion, he certainly doesn't seem happy about it at all.
While the focus of Purity is about Shelby in her bid to make the vows to her Dad and not break promises to her Mother, it is also about Shelby finding herself, and discovering what the promises really mean. It's not until we get to near the end of the book that Shelby has this revelation, but seeing her finally realise she doesn't have to work so hard to keep the promises word for word was a relief for all involved.
Purity also touches on religion, with the vows being taken in front of everyone at the Princess Ball, some of those in attendance being very religious people. The vows are a way for the Princesses to basically promise to abstain from drugs, drink, and no sex until they are married, and make these to their Fathers. However the religious aspect is not thrown in your face, or forced down your throat, it is a subtle undertow to the story that makes the promises and vows that much more important to Shelby, and her Dad.
After finishing Purity I am left with two thoughts....
- I would love to have been able to read a few chapters more to find out what happens in the end.
- I really need to get hold of some more of Jackson's books.