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Review and Giveaway: In the Fields by Willow Aster

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]Title: In the Fields
Author: Willow Aster
Publisher: Willow Aster
Genre: Southern Gothic
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


1971 — In the tiny, backward town of Tulma, Tennessee, optimistic, bookish Caroline Carson unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a forbidden romance. Severely neglected by her family and forced to flee Tulma to protect her secrets, Caroline’s young life comes crashing down around her. She finds refuge in a new town, but the past always has a way of stretching around time and stirring up trouble.

When a new love comes into her life, she has to decide if she can give her heart to someone else, or if she will always be tied to someone she can’t have.


I really don’t know where or how to start this review.  When I think of In the Fields, the first words that come to me are powerful, remarkable, and reflective, so I’ll start with those.  The feel of the novel is somewhere between To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  It is vastly different from  True L̶o̶v̶e̶ Story, yet the theme of love is prevalent throughout.

In the post Civil Rights South, the laws may have changed, but the minds of the people haven’t yet caught up with that.  Caroline is in love with Isaiah who happens to be black.  This is a love that their parents and friends would not approve and and would be fearful of.  There are too many things that could go wrong for both of them.  I commend Willow Aster for not only writing something totally different from True Love Story, but also something that touches on social issues of the U.S.  I am fearful for Caroline and Isaiah, but I know that their love is one of the sweetest.  I can only describe their love as the first sunny day after a long dark winter.  You bask in the warmth of the sun.  That’s what it’s like for them.  Although this warm love radiates between them, there is always darkness lurking around the corner.

Terrible things happen to Caroline in this story.  I had to take a two day break because the story got me so emotional that I couldn’t handle it.  I am so grateful I continued as I was able to evolve just like Caroline.  Throughout all of it, she is so brave.  Willow Aster has created a character that gives hope to those who feel abandoned, used, neglected, and violated.  Caroline’s strength and resilience is breathtaking.

I truly wish the supporting cast of characters were real people.  Their kindness, humor, and friendship were what got Caroline through some of the toughest times, but me as a reader as well.  They are echo of people I’ve met in my past.  I longed to be with them and talk to them again, luckily for me Ms. Aster put them down on paper so I can see them as much as I’d like.

Willow Aster showed great versatility in her writing with In the Fields.  She has proven that she cannot be limited to writing romance and young adult.  Her words touch and move the heart.  I am forever grateful I had the opportunity to read this novel and see more of the talent of Ms. Aster.

goodbye childhood

About Willow Aster:

Willow Aster Author PhotoWillow Aster is the author of True L̶o̶v̶e̶ Story and In the Fields, two standalone books published in 2013. When she’s not writing, you can find her staring out into space, dreaming about new characters. She also enjoys sliding across the hardwood floor in her socks and twirling in the sand.

Connect with Willow via:

Author Website | Facebook Author Page | Facebook Page | Goodreads


The details described in this book may not be suitable for readers below the age of 18 as descriptions of rape, alcoholism, child neglect, and abuse are depicted.

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