Contemporary Fiction, Review

Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson

I’m feeling downright cozy in Oxford, Mississippi and Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson definitely tugged my heartstrings!

About the Book

Cole Sanders is a changed man. The university quarterback questions his direction in life after serving on a mission trip in Honduras. Things that used to fill Cole’s ego seem empty after witnessing the developing country’s extreme poverty and the death of a precious child. The one glimmer of hope through his confusion is the fresh perspective he now has about his tutor, Audrey. She possesses something beautiful inside and out—something that might help him become the person he wants to be.

University senior Audrey Vaughn tutored Cole Sanders for an entire year and never imagined the popular quarterback would see her as anything more than a friend. After partnering with him on the mission trip, they are drawn together. And he appears to have changed for the better. To let Cole into her life, Audrey will have to overcome not only her brother’s distrust, but also the paralyzing fear still lingering from a past she’s tried to leave behind.

Cole can’t walk away from Audrey now that they’re back in Oxford. He’ll have to figure out how to keep her giant of a brother, a lineman on his football team, from killing him when the coach has his back turned. But can Audrey trust her heart to a player so similar to the one who stole so much from her in the past?

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My Thoughts

The Southern Hearts series has something for everyone! For a little refresher on the first two books, hop over to my reviews of Leaving Oxford and Going Up South. The variety and authenticity of these interconnected character backgrounds and personalities and tight-knit community are truly inspiring. I especially applaud the author for spotlighting various important issues that tend to get swept under the rug!

Cole unquestionably experienced a change of heart during the Honduras mission trip yet changing his habits back in Oxford and navigating a new path is tricky business. Audrey is still battling the fear and despair from her past but she feels drawn to Cole and completely conflicted about trusting anyone with her heart.

Ah, young love… sweet wooing and awkward exchanges! Nostalgia and my incurable romantic heart had me rooting for Cole and Audrey’s happily ever after since the last book… Hey, life is hard and there are no guarantees… but God. Oh, I love the way these characters experience God’s grace and healing, good stuff y’all!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Janet W. FergusonJanet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer.

An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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Have you read Tackling the Fields or added it to your tbr?

10 thoughts on “Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson”

  1. Beth, This was such a heartbreaking book for me to write. My son had four surgeries due to football injuries, so I was definitely seeing how much a sport could mean to a young man. I didn’t know if readers would like it. I so so happy you did! Thank you!!


  2. This looks like a GREAT book and I’m excited to read it! I got “Leaving Oxford” for Christmas, but didn’t realize it was part of a series.


    1. Hi Elizabeth! I’m honored that you got Leaving Oxford for Christmas! I hope you like it 🙂
      It is a series, but each book has it’s own happily ever after. Thanks for saying hello!


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