Harvest Moon: A TALE OF FINDING GRACE AND BLESSING AMONGST LIFE’S HARDSHIPS
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
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
“Harvest Moon by Jenny Knipfer is one of the best books I have read in 2020. In fact, it 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…
“Beautifully written, it makes excellent use of dialogue to keep things moving along and give readers a much clearer and endearing understanding of each character and his/her motivations and actions. You will feel every emotion of hope, despair, sadness, and joy that Maang-ikwe and others experience. You will learn, in such an excellent way, about Canada’s history, culture, and the pastimes of the early inhabitants. And you will come away feeling you have truly shared a family’s love. Not every author can do this so realistically and elegantly. Thank you, Jenny Knipfer, for this unforgettable story.” — Viga Boland
“I loved that each of the characters had their own story to tell and Jenny Knipfer gave them enough page space to make sure they got ample opportunities to do so… The author created the perfect atmosphere for her story to truly bloom and progress. The pace was fast, the descriptions were on point and her development was incredible. 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
“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. Fiction is blended seamlessly with historical fact and nuanced detail, revealing a deep reverence for the subject matter, historical accuracy, and Native American traditions. Wielding descriptive language and unexpected imagery, this narrative transports a reader with ease. Harvest Moon is a moving, authentic, and original work of historical fiction, while this series is a testament to Knipfer’s skilled and versatile storytelling.”
Midwest Book 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.
“Readers seeking a Native-based blend of romance, social inspection, and Christian-based concepts will find the fictional format and inspections form a strong spiritual bond between characters and choices that impart much food for thought. The author’s own Native heritage contributes nicely to these elements. This familiarity makes for a story rich in strong characters who struggle with issues of being together, staying true to their beliefs and cultures, and viewing the world—and God’s place in it—from powerfully different angles.Harvest Moon is especially highly recommended for prior fans of the series, who will find it an outstanding addition expanding their themes, characters, and spiritual revelations.” — D. Donavon
Wisconsin Writers Association:
“Knipfer creates yet another masterpiece with her fourth book in the By the Light of the Moon Series, Harvest Moon. Knipfer creates her characters with so much emotion and physical presence that they become almost real in the imagination. Few of the many characters in Harvest Moon remain static, so the reader gains a better sense of the bonds among the characters across all the timelines presented. Overall, Harvest Moon is a captivating and evocative novel of the importance of family, faith, and forgiveness and how, together, those things help heal a broken heart.” — Gloria Bartel
What Readers Are Saying:
“Deeply emotional, heartfelt, and moving, this story is glaringly honest. Injustice is not hidden nor are the harsh realities of life. Be prepared to be captured by this poignant tale.” — K. Voss
“I like the way it portrays the Native American lifestyle mixed in with the hardships endured while attending a reservation school. Faith plays an important role in both cultures throughout the book.” — Lynn Brown
“Jenny truly shows the language culture and their lifestyle and it shows how widely and deeply she researched them and it truly reflects in her writing. This book is a well crafted historical fiction around love, hope and despair which engulf a lot of emotions inside you. A quote in start of each chapter just totally described what stores from you ahead.” — Dipali Gupa
“This is the fourth installation in the series and Jenny wins my heart even this time, it’s such an amazing story which captures so many emotions and it’s really very moving, I am quite thrilled because of the central theme and it quite felt like a movie, it was very wholesome and very thrilling. Writing a story based in the 19th century with so much accuracy and precision, must have been really challenging.” — The Social Librarian
“The story is unique and intriguing and one will find himself diving deeper and deeper into it with every page. Nicely written and narrated, don’t miss this book. The cover of the book looks so magical and the title so apt.” — Nony
“I found the book captivating and the characters became real people in my mind as I imagined their struggles and their victories. I rejoiced with them when they realized the saving grace from God and His purpose for their lives.” — Debbbie
“The characters are well developed and the story is gripping to keep pulling you back in to read more to find out what will happen next.” — Marie S.
“The characters are real and relatable. You will feel the torment, pain, hope, and joy along with them. The descriptions are exquisite and leave you wanting to travel. Reading Harvest Moon is a truly immersive experience.” — Alicia B.
“This book deserves more than five stars. One is because of the beautiful writing that is within this story. Knipfer does a wonderful job with her storyline and I really enjoyed this book!” Lori P.
“Knipfer infused people’s souls, wisdom, and valuable historical knowledge into her literary masterpiece. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Harvest Moon.” Ksenia
“The story pulls you in and you just can’t close it until you turn another page. For readers that love Historical stories full of life’s challenges, Religion and Family this is a book you will enjoy.” Keren H.L.
“The author put a lot of research into this story… the characters grow from the experiences they go through rather than letting the experiences control them. The way the author presents the story works and does a good job of giving the characters viewpoints.” — Hfamiy5