by J.E. Knowles
Dr. Tomas Jefferson stays aloof from life and love, but is strangely drawn to a war-ravaged Marine at a Chicago street clinic where she volunteers. When he dies on the streets, she undertakes notification of the next of kin, but it’s clear that Senator Raybelle McKeehan finds the matter inconvenient.
Raybelle McKeehan was ten when she knew that she would be President some day. Now a Republican senator from Tennessee, there is no room in her life for deviations and distractions, but her brother’s death and the compelling Dr. Jefferson both throw her off her carefully charted path.
Horrified by her brother’s circumstances, and that of other veterans, Raybelle must decide if she can go toe-to-toe with powerful men to uncover self-dealing and criminal acts that strike at the heart of the Constitution and the democracy she loves. Tomas agrees to advise and though Raybelle denies it to herself, feelings emerge…and so do rumors that could ruin her career.
Lambda Literary Review
The characters are distinctive, pulling the reader along the story line to find out if the relationship between Raybelle and Tomas has any hope in succeeding... However, the story is so much more than it appears on the surface. There are undercurrents to be considered, and they ebb and flow through this story like ocean tides. The Trees in the Field is an absorbing presentation of political intrigue as well as a satisfying romance.
Lesbians of North London
The books Knowles writes have depth and keep the audience interested every step of the journey and right up to the end. Definitely worth reading, I can picture a time when I will pull it off the shelf and read it again...