Jenny Knipfer–Author

Historical fiction author, Jenny Knipfer, shares her books, inspiration, thoughts on life and writing, and book reviews. Purchase Jenny's books, read her blog, or listen to encouraging podcasts, highlighting the life of a writer.

I see writing as both my work and my joy. It has become a form of deliverance for me and assists me in processing through life’s ups and downs living with multiple sclerosis. Writing can do that–help you through unexpected valleys. It transforms the frustration and pain into something less constrictive. In short, writing frees me.

In my new found freedom, I challenged myself to finish the novel I started years ago. The week after I quit my job due to my disability, I started writing. Sometimes I managed only small spurts here and there throughout the day. Whenever a conversation started to form in my head, I would tap it out in Google docs on my tablet. Soon the fictional town of Webaashi Bay and a pocket full of characters blossomed on the screen.

I thought Ruby Moon the only story in the depths of my being, but three more novels grew from Ruby Moon. Now, I have a set of four novels in the series, By the Light of the Moon. Each book curtails a separate theme, but the factor of God’s hand guiding our lives ties them all together. Behind all the unknowns, the grief, the pain, and the joy our Creator writes a story through each of us.

Readers who love being trapped in a character’s mind should relish this finely written, gripping series. A must read for fans of historical fiction.”–The Prairies Book Review

INGRAM ISBN: 9781733320214


Ruby Moon is entertaining,  fast-paced, and features characters that are real.”–Readers’ Favorite

Knipfer’s characterization is stellar in this novel, and she skillfully ties in the themes of faith, forgiveness, and trust.”–Wisconsin Writers Association

During the mid 1890’s, Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident. Her maturity accelerates as the challenges of grief and romance enter the scene.

Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened the ruination of her father’s shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable…

Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life’s richest dramas play out under the banner of two ruby colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her.

Fans of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, coming-of-age novels, split-timelines, and mystery will enjoy this stimulating read!

Ruby Moon is the type of book that hooks you from page one… and have you quickly turning the pages to discover more.”–Ya It’s Lit Blog


Knipfer creates a strong sense of place, and she draws on her own experience with MS to depict the course of Valerie’s illness with great sensitivity.”–Wisconsin Writers Association 

AMAZON ISBN: 978-1733320221
INGRAM ISBN: 9781087804231

The year is 1885, and unwed Vanessa Gulet must surrender her newborn son to her married twin sister, Valerie, to raise. A seed of bitterness grows in Vanessa. When the opportunity arises for her to have what she’s always wanted, Vanessa takes it despite the consequences to her family, getting more than she bargained for.

Meanwhile, Valerie, overcome with loss and grief, faces the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Will she and her husband, Felix, forge through their trials, or will life’s upsets cause them to drift apart?

Love seems to bloom in the most unlikely of places in Webaashi Bay for an old friend of Jenay’s and a woman who owns the local dress shop. A parallel tale of love, forgiveness, and reuniting lost things is spun by a local author adding another dimension to the tale of the Gulet twins and their saga.

Fans of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will enjoy this dramatic read!

“Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches. A must-read for historical drama fans everywhere.”–Readers’ Favorite

ISBN: 978-1-7333202-4-5


“Knipfer shines in the writing of this novel in the depictions of war and the scenery in both moments of suspense and flickers of calm. The characters are well developed and fully fleshed out.” J Michele for Readers’ Favorite

“Rather than focusing solely on the violence of this tragic conflict, Knipfer fleshes out the complexity of wartime – the domestic impacts, the psychological effects, and the enveloping nature of patriotism. The author isn’t afraid to challenge sacred ideals through her characters, which makes this novel a thought-provoking and surprising work of historical escapism.” Self-Publishing Review

“Silver Moon is very highly recommended for readers who want a compelling inspection of love, duty, and battle based on historical fact, but flavored with the struggles of very different characters intent on not just surviving, but creating a better future for themselves.“–D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.

Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?

Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts.

Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy.

Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.

Fans of WWI historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, and literary fiction will find Silver Moon a moving, powerful read!

Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.”–Readers’ Favorite

Not a light hearted read, this book will engulf your senses, evoking the deepest and highest of emotions as you cheer and cry for the survival of dearly loved characters. With resounding truth, Knipfer pens a story we all need to hear.–BookBub, Kathryn V.


Harvest Moon is probably one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. I have come away deep in thought, feeling somewhat like I’ve had a mystical experience and one I will never forget.”

Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-7333202-6-9

Harvest Moon, the last book in the series, coming November 23rd, 2020.

In the wilds of 19th century Ontario, Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love, breaks her father’s honor, and surrenders her trust to someone who betrays it. The abuse she suffers divides her from her tribe and causes her to give up what she holds most dear. 

Niin-mawin must come to grips with his culture being ripped away from him. Brought up in a “white man’s” school, he suffers through an enforced “civilized” education and separation from his family. When a man he respects reveals a secret about Niin-mawin’s past, he embarks on a search for the person he hopes can mend the part of his heart that’s always been missing. 

Both Maang-ikwe and Niin-mawin wonder how a harvest of pain and sorrow will impact their lives. Will they find the blessings amongst the hardships, or will they allow the results of division and abuse to taint their hearts forever?

Fans of historical fiction, Native American fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will be moved by this deep, heartfelt novel.

“There wasn’t a single thing that was out of place or didn’t make sense. I would highly recommend this historical fiction novel to anyone who loves reading stories with intricate plots and powerful characters.” Rabina Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

“Immersive and emotional. Supported brilliantly by strong secondary characters and foils that leap off the page, this novel is culturally insightful, engaging, and cleverly structured.Self-Publishing Review

“Knipfer does an outstanding job of cementing place, time, and culture against the backdrop of evolving relationships. These approaches lend a solid feel of authenticity and attraction to her plot to keep readers both educated and engrossed, as spiritual and social matters evolve.D. Donavon for Midwest Book Review

New Series: Sheltering Trees

I am also writing a new series: Sheltering Trees. The first book in the series, In a Grove of Maples, is inspired my my grandparents and their life as Wisconsin farmers in the late 1800’s.

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