Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: In the Fields by Willow Aster

In the Fields
By: Willow Aster
Release Date: September 10th
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.
Warning: 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.
*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 middle of it, thanks to her momma and daddy. 

Caroline is basically raising herself. No one seems to notice or care that her parents have all but abandoned her. Being alone a lot has it advantages, though. Like allowing her to spend more time with her forbidden love, Isaiah. According to "society" they shouldn't be together as the south was a different place back then and dating someone outside your race was frowned upon. But Caroline only sees the boy that holds her heart when she looks at Isaiah. Can their love survive at such a young age with all the world is going to throw at them?

In the Fields is a very different kind of book. It is a complete 360 from Ms. Aster's  debut novel, True Love Story. I kept thinking of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes while reading. Not that the stories are really similar, just that it gave me that "southern charm" kind of feel like that movie did. It is a sweet, yet heart-wrenching at times, coming of age story. There are some really tough times to read about in Caroline's young life. But they are offset by the heartwarming moments She has with those that love and support her. Caroline is a character who will remain in your heart long after you finish her story. 

 Definitely worth the read, especially of you are looking for something outside the box. I would say this would be a cross between YA and NA, though because if subject matter I would not recommend for anyone under the age of 18. 
Willow 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. 
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