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In the Fields

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,622 ratings  ·  319 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published September 8th 2013)
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*3.5 Stars*

Okay, so maybe this wasn't an overall love-fest for me, but I started out loving, and I ended up loving, so that's something, right?

Because the beginning of this book was blow-my-mind beautiful, and the ending turned out to be just as touching. But somewhere in the middle I got lost in the tragedy piled upon tragedy, and a few over-the-top scenarios.

In The Fields is a heartbreaking love story set in the 1970’s that represents a time period where interracial couples were not only frown
Amy | Foxy Blogs

The beginning of the story caught my attention right away. The story is set in the 70s when people didn't get involved in other people's parenting methods. The neglect the heroine experiences felt believable because in the 70s and 80s teachers weren't required to be first responders by reporting when they thought a child was being abused or neglected. In third grade I was a handful and one night I was disobeying my mom while she was trying to get me to go to bed. I was jump
Aestas Book Blog

** FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ** 4.5 stars

In The Fields was a truly beautiful, poignant story of a forbidden love that survived even the harshest prejudice. It filled me with emotion, broke my heart and then pieced it back together.

I’m always looking for books with unique stories so when I found out that this one took place in 1971, I was already intrigued since none of the books I’ve reviewed have taken place during that time, but then I found that it was also a forbidden romance and I was just c
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5+ stars!!

Hmmm where to begin? Oh, a couple of warnings first.

1. There is a rape scene in the book. Though it isn’t graphic, you are aware it happens, and personally I think the effect was twice as brutal.

2. This book is NOT for everybody. I think you have to be in a certain mood to read this story. For one, the setting is historical, in the 1970s, so some traditions you may not resonate with. Another is, if you are easily offended by racial slurs and such, you may have some difficulty gettin
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

Willow Aster tells a tale of a young girl named Caroline Carson growing up in Tennessee in the 1970s. Caroline’s parents have dropped out on her and boy who makes her heart skip a beat is black, which is not an acceptable fact in Tulma.

I found the pace of this story to be on the slow side. The writing was well done and the characters were more than likable. I really loved Caroline, Isaiah, Davis (view spoiler)
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is based in the South in a very small town of TN. The book takes place in a very sensitive time in history when there was no more segregation, but the bias and influences of the older generation still heavily influenced the younger. While on paper everyone is equal, in real day to day life that is not reality.

Caroline is a young girl in High School who doesn't have a perfect family. Her mother is beautiful and bases everything in life on looks and where that will get you, and her fath
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
One of my reading goals this year was to read all the books that have been on my TBR since 2013 (or longer!) that I still had not read. (I know, I know.) This was the last one. And I am really glad that I read this.

I was drawn into this story right away. I loved the beginning. And even though this is such a busy time of year, I made time to read because I was anxious to get back to the story.

The basic plot is pretty straight forward. The story takes place in the 1970s in a small town in Tennes
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, lendable
Wow, Willow Aster's writing is so beautiful and flawless it's hard to believe this is only her second novel. The details are solid right down to editing and cover art. This is a book that makes me wish I was one of those amazing reviewers so that I could do it justice.

Just like her first book, In the Fields is an epic true love story. Caroline and Isaiah are teenagers living in Tulma, Tennessee in 1971. Isaiah is black and Caroline is white and at this place and time interracial relationship
Angie **loves angst**
"There's no way we can ever make it. They'll kill us first."

Imagine finding the love of your life. The person you know without a doubt that you want to spend your forever with. You love them so much you can't hide it. But you have to, because society says your love is wrong, and if anyone finds out you risk your love's life and your very own. This book was absolutely beautiful. I like to sometimes take a break from the NA and Contemporary romances that are my regular reads, and just read somet
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

In the Fields is a forbidden love story paved with pain, tragedy, loss, prejudice, and heartbreak. It’s 1971 and times have changed, but people are still being discriminated and ostracized for the color of their skin. They may be free but not truly accepted. I have much respect for Willow Aster for writing such a beautiful and genuine story. She has an incredible storytelling talent that will have you believing in her characters, all while tugging hard on your heart strings.

I’ll never understa
Randi Edwards
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is going to be one of those books where it is so hard to review and say anything without giving anything away. Willow Aster's writing in In the Fields was absolutely beautiful. She manages to pull a ton of emotions out of you and before you know it you either have tears rolling down your cheeks or a big, fat smile on your face.

I am finding this review so hard to write, I have already written and deleted it 5 times or so. I think the only way to go forward is to explain my feelings whilst r
Melanie A.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS!!
"We might not have seen all the good if we hadn't gone through all the bad."
I REALLY liked this one, but, man, was it tragic! It had me sniffling or out-right crying just about the whole way through.

To me there were 3 main characters in this story: Caroline, a lonely, 15 year-old white girl who basically takes care of her negligent parents; Isaiah, a sweet, 16 year-old black boy who's being raised by a loving single mother; and Tulma, Tennessee, pop. 6579 in the early 1970's.

Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this story. Willow's writing is amazing. She captures your heart and makes you feel the pain, sorrow and love along with these amazing characters!! A heartbreakingly beautiful story of overcoming adversities and fighting for love. Trying to keep this review spoiler free but a definite must read!
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

This is a story about Love, about a bond that sees no boundaries. This is a story about a love that is unspoken, a true deep in your soul love. This is one of those books that grabs your heart and leaves an imprint that can never be erased. This book is an absolute must read for any romantic at heart. But I have to say this book has so much more to offer
Jen~KU Book Reviews
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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.
When love and hate collides and creates 10 million emotions in my heart

My friends were talking about this book and so I eagerly ventured ahead and promptly lost my heart to Willow Aster. To say this story burrowed deep and captured my soul, would be an understatement. If you’re looking for a beautifully written story about race and what it is like to fall for someone who isn’t your own skin color then, In The Fields is just the story for you. This story is just too epic for words, it is one of m
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's the Limit On Stars? Stars

I feel like a Taylor Swift song.

I am dark grey cause the book made sucks you into the deep emotions. I am blue cause it is such real pain and sacrifice. I am red cause it so easy to love this book. I really LOVE this book. Nothing is better than reading through tears.

Ok..before we start you need to know I was raised in Tennessee in the 70s, the setting for this book. It is an interracial story. I saw racism and lived through difficult times when people knew bett
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, sh ...more
Meg (
This Book. It is one of those books, where you can't quite figure out why you keep putting yourself through all this emotional turmoil. You know you are going to ugly cry, you know you are going to swear to never read these types of books again, but yet you keep coming back.

This book was so emotionally beautiful, but it was also so ugly. Ugly because people in life can be so cruel. People judge skin color and not actions. They judge life based on you status and physical appearance instead of yo
Missy Genneken
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story

While I read this book I was completely immersed by the story telling. The main characters made you feel so much for them and the secondary characters, good or bad, came to life and made this story so interesting.
Caroline was such a strong, sweet heroine. Watching her heart be broken over and over by the people she loved was almost to much to bear sometimes. But the strength she always seem to dig up awesome to watch. This is her story. It more than a story of a boy
L.A. Casey
A story of hardship, devastation, and forbidden love. From the first chapter I was captivated. The story of Caroline and Isaiah was raw, pure, beautifully written, and not one I will forget any time soon.
3.5/5 Stars

A predictable but enjoyable read with a HEA completed in a stormy afternoon.
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

In the Fields tells the emotional, captivating and heartwrenching story of Caroline's teen years as she fights against adversity and her own personal tragedies.  I couldn't put it down and, yet, I didn't want it to end.  

I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and had to write down my thoughts immediately.  It's not often that I feel so connected and  emotionally invested in the characters.  I felt the moments of happiness, every heartbreak and all the anger that Caroline Carson and Isaiah Washi
I don't read books like this. I just don't. They usually aren't my thing. But since I fell in love with Willow Aster's debut novel, True Love Story, I knew I had to give this book a chance. Thank goodness that I did.

In this impressive second novel from Willow Aster, I read a story that I haven't read before. Seriously. I'm still not really sure which genre this belongs in. Since the book takes place when the main character is between the ages of 14 and 18, you could say that this is YA. Of cour
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I absolutely love Willow Aster's writing and when it came down to deciding whether or not to read In The Fields, it was a no brainer! Despite the fact that it was obviously not anything like her first book, True Love Story. Those who have read either book, by now have figured it out, she's a damn good writer.

In the Fields is inspirational, emotional, riveting and full of amazing characters I won't soon forget. It is a love story, but it's so much more than that and if you're sick of reading ch
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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*ARC provided by author for an honest review*

Caroline is a young girl living in a small town during the seventies. When we first meet her, she is just shy of her 15th birthday in the year 1971. You will follow her throughout the years leading up to 1977. She lives in Small Town, USA and the thing about small towns, there is gossip. And poor Caroline seems to be caught in the m
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this in 2013. I loved this in 2013. I wanted a reread because I want all of Willow's books on my blog. I want to talk about them and give them the praise they deserve. Plus let's face it, if Willow writes it I'm going to love it. I've never met a Willow book I didn't like. I can say that because every single one of hers books haven't ever been the same. They are all diverse in their own way and that's what makes an author great.

"I fell in love already. I had someone who was every
Billie Lawson
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the setting and the characters. I felt extreme happiness, discomfort, angst, anger, love. There were parts that were physically hard to read, but I'm so happy I finished. This book really will make you appreciate how far we have come with acceptance in the last 40 years, but also reminds us that we have a long way to go. Very emotional 4 stars!
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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, Lilith, and 5,331 Miles. She is also half of the Fisher & Aster writing duo of The End of Men series.

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“I made her laugh, I felt like I could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Me and Superman, together. It became my goal right then to make Caroline Carson happy. I want that more than anything.” 9 likes
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