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In the Fields [Kindle Edition]

Willow Aster
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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"A love story at its core, this intensely emotional novel connects to readers on many levels as it examines the ideas of family, identity and the complicated relationships that grew out of the civil rights movement." — In the Fields Kirkus Review

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.

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  • File Size: 806 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492188034
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2L2P6O
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravery in Words September 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If Willow Aster publishes a book about the molecular structure of a walnut, I will read it. Her writing is flawless. With only two books under her belt, she has the caliber of a seasoned traditionally published author. In the Fields is a gut wrenching story that made my heart break in shame then swell with hope. It's powerful and moving making me feel indignant and exasperated yet optimistic and determined. It's so relevant. It's bravery in words. It's a must-read. It's outstanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, beautiful love story---Loved every word!!! September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story of love, heartbreak, and a forbidden romance. Willow Aster is a master storyteller and entwines fiction with reality. She captures your heart with her poetic writing. You will fall in love with Caroline and be lost in her story.

Caroline is a teenage girl growing up in Tulma, Tennessee during the early 1970's. She has a selfish mother whose only concern is people's opinions and Caroline's looks. Caroline's father is an alcoholic and is absent. She wishes for a normal family, one that will love her unconditionally.

Isaiah and Caroline meet at school, and their connection is immediate. You feel so deeply for these characters and you are completely consumed with their story.

All she wants to do is be able to love freely, but unfortunately society does not accept interracial couples. If only love could be that simple. If only people could realize that love has no boundaries, it is not defined by color.

OMG this book had me crying, praying, and completely consumed. I was so emotional, it is hard to put into words what Willow's writing does to me. She's incredibly gifted and will have you glued to your kindle until the very end.

I had a hard time keeping this review spoiler free. There were so many beautiful words spoken that I would love to share. You will be caught up in a timeless love story that will remain in your heart for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Willow Aster's first book True Love Story is one of my favorite reads of the year. I was so excited to get the opportunity to read her new book In the Fields. While a drastically different story it is no less wonderful.

There is rhythm to Willow's writing that drew me in from the start. In the Fields tells the story of a, for its time, taboo love with an honest brutality that had me sobbing and my heart aching for Caroline and Isaiah. Simply a poignant and in the end beautiful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of love that knows no boundaries. September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
5 Stars. I received an advanced readers copy from the author. Willow Aster sets her novel in the small town of Tulma, Tennessee beginning in the year of 1971. Our main character, Caroline Carson is 14 years-old at the beginning of the novel. Caroline has an alcoholic father, and her mother is critical, selfish and disappears for days at a time. Due to her circumstances, Caroline finds herself running the household and has a maturity level beyond her years. Although Caroline is lonely at home, she has Isaiah.

Without giving too much of the story away I can say that In the Fields is a story of love that knows no boundaries. It is an emotional journey of beautiful, pure love that faces terrible odds. The author did a fantastic job of writing this novel true to the era and events that take place in the early 1970's. Her characters, both good and bad, are well fleshed out and seemed to actually come to life in my mind. I felt such a wide variety of emotions while reading this novel, and more than anything, the story is just special. It is a beautiful novel. I highly recommend In the Fields.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved The Author's Voice! September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of In the Fields in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the author's voice! This book was very well written and I found myself crying several times. It's hard to imagine Caroline's situation unless you were around during the time that this story takes place. The 70's (and prior) were difficult times for anyone in an interracial relationship. I can only imagine it would have been worse in small southern towns. Caroline's dad is an alcoholic. Her mother is a selfish woman who cares little for anyone other than herself. Amazingly, Caroline was able to survive the neglect from absent parents, and other atrocities which I won't get into in my review, as it might be considered "spoilery." This book is proof that the heart knows what the heart wants and there's not much we can do to steer it in a different direction, once its mind is made up. I highly enjoyed In The Fields and Willow Aster's writing style and will most likely read other works by this author. Technically, this would probably not be considered a New Adult, but more of a coming of age novel with adult situations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes residence in your soul. September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a ten star read. As a girl who lives right smack dab in the center of the Bible Belt, this book brought my reality to life. I have watched friends be ostracized and abandoned by their families for following their heart. The story of Isaiah and Caroline is one that still happens everyday.
This is a story of a love that overcomes the evil of this world. From the moment I started reading I was in love with Caroline. She is such an amazing young woman. She overcame so much, not only out in the world, but at home. Her father is a sorry drunk and her mother is clueless to what it takes to be a mother. Yet, Caroline is still a beautiful young lady who dreams of her happily ever after.
This story will rip your heart out and tear it into a million little pieces before handing it back. I was bawling like a baby through most of it. Willow's writing is full of so many emotions. She grabs you and pulls you right into the world of Tulma, TN care of the 1970's. I felt like I was living Caroline's life. I hurt when she hurt. I cried when she cried, I felt joy when she did. As much as I loved Caroline I loved Isaiah just the same. He was a wonderful young man, who only wanted to love Caroline and take care of her. When he failed to that he wasn't sure how to fix it, but he never gave up. He never stopped loving her and praying that one day he could make it all right again.
I want everyone to read this story. It will take up residence in your soul, I know this because it lives in mine. This story drug me in and it still hasn't let go and I love that.
Amazing story, amazing author. Add it to your To Read list. You will thank me later. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend this book!!!
Get ready to cry, laugh, cry, get angry and have your heart over flowing with love and maybe cry some more. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Loves books
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book with one thing...
****SPOILERS*****I really like this book. The one thing that didn't ring true to me was how two black boys could be openly stalking a white girl in 70's south. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long? Don't make the same mistake. Read this NOW!
I have owned this book for a little while but kept putting off reading it. Despite the stellar reviews, the beautiful cover, and an intriguing blurb, for some reason I just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becca
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!!!!!!
This was an amazingly, beautiful love story. It brought me to tears several times. Tears of sadness, joy, heartbreak, and love. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CCast
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
Couldn't put this book down! It's a great read! Willow Astor is my new favorite author. Look forward to her next book.
Published 2 months ago by Zadon
5.0 out of 5 stars I was totally consumed with the characters and story
It has been a long time since I've been so emotionally involved with characters in a book. I've read this through kindle on my iPad and I was taking my iPad everywhere just in case... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NorthernBelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome!
This was an amazing book & very well written. Would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books that are hard to put down. Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow does it again
This book was wonderful. I was hooked from the very beginning. Willow Aster has such a way with words. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WalterWhite
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!!
Wow what can i say.... This was a great read... It did start off slow but like one reviewer said it picked up and by that time i seriously could not put the book down... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars This book wouldn't let me put it down
Right from the beginning, Willow Aster drew me into her world of Caroline and Isaiah. Her writing flows and before I knew it I was seeing their world in front of me like a movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diane Molinaro
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Willow Aster loves nothing more than writing the day away--anywhere will do. Her ideal place to write would be a remote treehouse somewhere, but not just any treehouse. It would need to be more like a fabulous cottage inside and free of bugs. Oh!--and a refrigerator full of Coca-cola, Orangina, and cheese. www.willowaster.com


Author of True L̶o̶v̶e̶ Story (USA Today Bestseller), In the Fields, and the upcoming Maybe Maby

"A love story at its core, this intensely emotional novel connects to readers on many levels as it examines the ideas of family, identity and the complicated relationships that grew out of the civil rights movement." -- In the Fields Kirkus Review

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