Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: In the Fields by Willow Aster

In the Fields by Willow Aster (Goodreads Author)
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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.

Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story and In the Fields, and many more to come. She loves her crazy life with her husband and kids.

My Thoughts
Beautiful story, unforgettable characters and amazing conclusion. Willow Aster proves once again she was born with a pen in her hand and a gorgeous story to tell straight from her heart. Isaiah, Caroline, Gracie and Davis were perfection personified through fiction.

Now for full disclosure… I have a feeling this book might not be for everyone, and I believe I appreciated the story as much as I did because I needed something with depth, emotion and heart. There are some scenes in this story that are tough to absorb because of the violence and insensitivity from some of the characters. However, Aster pushed the boundaries in many ways to bring her readers to a time and place that is unforgettable and powerful.

In the Fields takes us back to 1971, where Caroline and Isaiah both live in Tennessee during a time when segregation and racial bigotry is rampant. This affects their love story because Carolina is white and Isaiah is black. However, as love has dictated from the beginning of time, the heart wants what the heart wants. Despite the many obstacles they face because of the time and place they live in, their love runs strong and deep.

Overall, this story was absolute perfection. I adored Isaiah for his patient and passionate ways, and when the author coupled him with a strong heroine like Caroline, the story turned magical. There were so many moments in this book that pulled me in so strongly, and I attribute that to Willow Aster’s ability to create a world with such detail and realism that the reader can’t help but fall into the pages of the story.

I loved In the Fields! Plain and simple. It’s left me contemplating the characters and events for days. When a book brands itself on my brain like that, I know the author did something right. Adore!
5 Suns

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