Title: In The Fields
Author: Willow Aster
self-published September 8, 2013
Cover designer: Tosha Khoury
Rating: 5 STARS
Thoughts on the cover: Absolutely beautiful, love it!
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.
REFRESHING AND ORIGINAL!!!
I received an ARC of this book and I was jumping up and down like it was Christmas and I will tell you.. I was NOT disappointed with what was in the package.
Willow Aster takes her writing to a whole new level with In The Fields. This story is inspiring and absolutely beautiful. Set in Tennessee in 1971, we meet a fourteen year old girl named Caroline as she embarks on a journey filled with tragedy and forbidden love.
The characters in this book are written so…moreREFRESHING, ORIGINAL, AND UNPREDICTABLE!!!
This is such a breathtaking and beautiful story. Willow Aster’s debut, True Love Story, is one of my favorite books of all time (in fact, I read it for the fourth time this weekend <3), so I had pretty high expectations when I started reading In the Fields. I was not disappointed! As expected, Willow Aster’s writing is flawless and just as beautiful as the story she tells.
This book is difficult to categorize because it’s in a class of it’s own, but it elicited feelings from me similar to those I felt while reading The Sweet Gum Tree, The Help, and The Secret Life of Bees. Willow Aster has this way of breaking you and putting you back together.
The word that drew me to this story was “FORBIDDEN”; the word that didn’t necessarily appeal to me was “1971”. From talking to some, I know the year tends to scare of few of you at first. Like many of you, I usually read New Adult/Adult Contemporary books that are set in the NOW, so I was skeptical about taking this leap. Let me just say once you start reading, you will be so lost in the story you will forget all about the year (well minus a few details anyway), and if you let that tiny detail of the year scare you away you will definitely miss out on something special. This is a book that no matter what your genre of choice is, it’s difficult not to fall in love with this story and the fourteen year old girl named Caroline that we meet and follow as she embarks on a journey filled with heartbreaking tragedies and undying love.
“I fell in love already. I had someone who was everything I wanted. I didn’t get to keep him. And I never got over him.”
To say I was on emotional overload through most of this book would be an understatement. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I cried some more, I smiled, maybe cried some more, laughed, and then FINALLY let out that deep breath I didn’t realize I had been holding.
I hate to be vague in my review, but it’s so hard not give away the story. This is one of those books you MUST experience yourself.
It’s the type of book that will stay in your heart long after you have put this book away, and the only regret you will have is not reading it sooner!