Jenny Knipfer–Author

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ISBN: 978 -1-7333202- 7-6 

A HISTORICAL NOVEL OF THE PERILS OF NEWLYWED LIFE AND ALL THAT COMES TO DIVIDE LOVERS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

… a heartfelt tale of the struggles of married life on a nineteenth-century farm. Edward and Beryl are both relatable and sympathetic. Knipfer expertly captures the emotion and stress of their lives and relationship. It’s a touching and realistic portrayal of love, loss, and friendship.

Heather Stockard for Readers’ Favorite

In 1897 newly married Beryl and Edward Massart travel more than one thousand miles from Quebec to farm a plot of land in Wisconsin that they bought sight-unseen. An almost magical grove of maples on their property inspires them to dream of a real home built within the grove, not the tiny log cabin they’ve come to live in. 

Misunderstandings and tempers get the better of them when difficulties and troubles arise. Just months after they wed, Edward leaves pregnant Beryl in the midst of the coming winter to tend the farm and animals while he goes to be a teamster at a northern Wisconsin logging camp. 

Will Beryl and Edward walk into the future together to build their house of dreams in the grove of maples, or will their plans topple like a house of sticks when the winds of misunderstanding and disaster strike?

Readers of Christian historical fiction, Historical fiction, Women’s fiction, and Christian historical romance will be endeared to this slice of late 19th century farm life. 

“In a Grove of Maples presents a fascinating look at what life was like for a young couple starting out on their own and how necessary it was to have friends and neighbors that you could call on for help. Even though the book is set in the late 19th century, the struggles Edward and Beryl have in their marriage are things many people deal with today.” — Kristine Zimmerman for Readers’ Favorite five-star review

“Dramatic character development and lavish descriptive language make Knipfer’s prose shine, and carry this emotionally stirring plot from start to finish. The storytelling is casual but unmistakably aged, and the research into this particular time period is remarkable, while the variation in narrative format keeps the story engaging throughout.” — Self-Publishing Review four and a half-star review

“Readers of women’s fiction and Christian historical romance will find In a Grove of Maples an engrossing story of 19th century rural life that examines matters of heart, ethics, morality, and belief as Beryl faces a new world with few resources other than her faith and love. It concludes with an unexpected twist that comes full circle to leave the door open for more.” — D.Donavon for Midwest Book Review

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Audiobook Reviews:

“This book is well-researched Christian historical fiction at its best. Knipfer studied maps, history books, and reviewed geography, lumber camps, food preservation techniques, farming practices and livestock management during this time period. Her lovely, unique writing style, using Beryl’s diary entries combined with an alternating time line narrative, provides a realistic glimpse into ties that bound people together. Audiobook narrator Jenn Lee’s warm voice and reading style pair beautifully with the story. I’ll fondly remember this educational and endearing book and look forward to the next tree in the Sheltering Trees series.” Jennifer’s Page Journeys

“The story was great and the narration was good.  From Canada to Wisconsin the story was about a newlywed pioneer couple told in flashbacks, a diary, and letters in a most unusual way. Some of the events were revealed before the events were explained in letters. It held my attention throughout. First in a series, I intend to read more from this author.” S. Nomakeo 


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Reviews:

Readers’ Favorite:

“In a Grove of Maples: Sheltering Trees by Jenny Knipfer is a heartfelt tale of the struggles of married life on a nineteenth-century farm. Edward and Beryl are both relatable and sympathetic. Knipfer expertly captures the emotion and stress of their lives and relationship. It’s a touching and realistic portrayal of love, loss, and friendship. The story is told through both diary entries and flashbacks in the past, which add suspense and keep the reader turning pages. Beryl’s faith and her integrity make her a strong female character. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in historical romance.” Heather Stockard

Knipfer has created fully realized characters and made the town of Maple Grove come to life. I enjoyed the descriptions of life on a small farm and all the challenging and rewarding tasks that come with running it. It was easy to get wrapped up in the lives of the Massarts and their neighbors and friends. In a Grove of Maples presents a fascinating look at what life was like for a young couple starting out on their own and how necessary it was to have friends and neighbors that you could call on for help. Even though the book is set in the late 19th century, the struggles Edward and Beryl have in their marriage are things many people deal with today. In a Grove of Maples is the first book in the series Sheltering Trees. I look forward to the next book in this delightful, Christian historical fiction series.” Kristine Zimmerman

Self-publishing review:

“Jenny Knipfer transports readers a century into the past with In a Grove of Maples, immersing the reader in an age of honor and struggle, resilience and religion, and survival in the face of impossible odds. Devoted lovers who are on the edge of a new life must battle forces both within and without to persevere in the brutal Wisconsin frontier. Dramatic character development and lavish descriptive language make Knipfer’s prose shine, and carry this emotionally stirring plot from start to finish. The storytelling is casual but unmistakably aged, except for a few anachronistic moments in the dialogue, and the research into this particular time period is remarkable, while the variation in narrative format keeps the story engaging throughout.”

Midwest Book Review

“Historical novel readers who choose In a Grove of Maples for its pioneer roots will find this first book in the Sheltering Trees series holds a compelling series of insights that go beyond the usual exploration of a husband and wife’s new frontier home in the late 1800s.

“Readers of women’s fiction and Christian historical romance will find In a Grove of Maples an engrossing story of 19th century rural life that examines matters of heart, ethics, morality, and belief as Beryl faces a new world with few resources other than her faith and love. It concludes with an unexpected twist that comes full circle to leave the door open for more.” D. Donavan

Joan Bauer for Wisconsin Writers Association:

“Grief can be hard to portray in fiction; too often, it devolves into posturing. I don’t know where Knipfer had to look to find the grief of a young mother over the loss of her first child.  But it appears to flow from the riches of her own wise heart.”

“What can I say? I’m in awe. In a Grove of Maples” is a captivating novel: a whirlwind of emotions sucks you in for you to feel the breath of life. What a lovely read it is!”

Ksenia Sein, author of Cruise to Osel and Agape and Ares

“What impressed me most was the author’s ability to delve deep into the characters’ emotions. As the husband and wife face physical challenges, they also struggle internally. As readers, we’re given the privilege of viewing their marriage through their thoughts and feelings—all portrayed with realism and completely believable.”

Dawn Kinzer, author of the Daughter’s of Riverton Series

BookBub:

“Author Jenny Knipfer creates such a beautiful cast of characters and a story that leaves you wondering how strong, and brave these early settlers were and all that the endured. A story that will tug you at your heart with all the emotions that these characters bring out to show how it was back then. The true friendships that Beryl makes along the way with neighbors and people in the small town, and the love that withstands everything insight, proves to a young couple that together as one team they can move forward.” Whisperocky 

“This is perhaps one of my favorite books that I’ve read, I didn’t want it to end. I loved how relatable the characters were and how the author captured true human feelings. Growing up in the rural farmland of Wisconsin I felt a true connection to the story, picturing what my ancestors must have felt settling in Wisconsin beginning to farm. The author did wonderful with historical accuracy; including running a small dairy farm, town life, social life and even down to traditional meals that folks from Wisconsin are familiar with. 

“I loved how the story wasn’t a fairytale, because unfortunately that isn’t life. There are bumps, rough patches and heartache along the way. The settlers that came to these areas they tried to tame the wilderness, dealt with loneliness and feeling secluded but also enjoyed the good times with family and friends in a close knit community; that is the way it was and the author clearly shows that throughout the story. I also appreciated the true human feelings throughout the book, how many times we just don’t say how we feel and we assume which leads us to problems. This story is a blend of heartache, feelings of longing, the challenges faced by settlers and most of all the enduring quality of love.” Farmgirl 

“Jenny had a way with making me feel like I was right there along with the characters and felt like I was a part of their lives.  It all felt so real!” Woodkeyja

“This is set in the past and is beautifully written with some wonderful characters. The back and forth with time periods works well for this story along with the way the author breaks the changes up so the reader can follow the story.” Hfamily5

Goodreads:

“Five stars for this sweet and wonderful read! I believe that this is Knipfer’s best yet! I think the best thing about this is story is that it offers hope to us readers that we can really get through the toughest times in our lives. Such wonderful inspirational messages!

“This book seems so realistic to me because I have some of the same problems that Beryl and Edward do. I must admit that I had to snicker at their thoughts on certain things. I could relate to half or most of what Beryl does. She’s like my twin! She has backbone that’s what I admired about her. I hope there’s more to their story soon! I will add this to my list of 2021 faves.” Lori Parish

“What a wonderful heart wrenching story. I can honestly say I’ve never read a story like this one. I personally loved the diary entries. This story is a reminder that one never knows what’s going to happen in life, just keep faith, gain lifelong friends and hold onto love.” Dawn Legros

“What an incredible story of life in rural Wisconsin in the late 1800s. Immigrants, newly weds, and the struggles they face as they build their life and home in a grove of Maples.” Mary Maccauley 

“Knipfer did an awesome job portraying the challenges of a newly married couple trying to make a living on the frontier. This story was heartbreaking at times, but it is a true picture of what can happen to a marriage during times of great stress. Ultimately, this novel had a message of hope which makes it well worth the read. Other wonderful things about this novel are Knipfer’s creative use of chronology, her characterization, and her descriptions of frontier life.” Amy Walsh

“Author Jenny Knipfer creates such a beautiful cast of characters and a story that leaves you wondering how strong, and brave these early settlers were and all that the endured.” Keren Herrera-Lyles

“Knipfer’s newest release, In a Grove of Maples, felt like coming home. With hints of Janette Oke and Little House on the Prairie, Knipfer takes her readers into a place and time that felt so nostalgic, I could practically hear my own grandmother telling me her story through the pages.” Kathryn Bochman

“What a wonderful heart wrenching story. I can honestly say I’ve never read a story like this one. I personally loved the diary entries. This story is a reminder that one never knows what’s going to happen in life, just keep faith, gain lifelong friends and hold onto love.” Dawn LeGros

“A wonderful book, that makes you think of life, possibly, in a different way than you have known it to be.” Lana Burton 

“I just love this book and can’t wait for the rest in the series. The writing is so clear it is easy to imagine the surroundings. It is also so honest and paints a picture of what life really is, rather than sugar coating it.” Helen

“This is the first I have read of this author, I really enjoy her writing style , its like picking up a old journal and getting immersed in the passages and memories.” Bea Followill

“There is so much that happens in this beautifully written with such wonderful characters. The back and forth with time periods works well for this story along with the way the author breaks the changes up so the reader can follow the story. Such a good read.” Erralee Hendrian

I could envision my own great grandparents in this story. I truly felt like I knew the neighbors walking with Beryl and Edward.” Theresa

“This book gave a family feeling of love. It wasn’t without challenges, but that made it more interesting. You could feel every emotion along with the characters.” Lori Chasko

Amazon:

“This is a well written book that hooks you on the first page. Beryl and Edwards story is full of emotions and will touch your heart. The author brings the story to life with her words and keeps you fully involved with everything going on. This is a wonderful read that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page.” Ann F

“Knipfer did an awesome job portraying the challenges of a newly married couple trying to make a living on the frontier. This story was heartbreaking at times, but it is a true picture of what can happen to a marriage during times of great stress.” Amy W.

“Set in my home state of Wisconsin, this historical fiction book takes one back in time. Based on the struggles of a real couple, this split time story is filled with faith, hope, courage, and struggles. You can feel the people come to life and see the grove of maples for which it’s named. A great read.” Amazon customer 

“Knipfer does a marvelous job depicting a small rural town at the turn of the 1900s. I could easily picture the characters and settings in my mind and had a hard time putting the book down.” D. Watts

“In a Grove of Maples was a hard read for me and I mean that in a good way. It was hard because it hit so close to home in some spots. All the newlywed expectations that don’t pan out in reality and the heartache and trouble caused by assumptions and lack of communication are portrayed realistically and heartbreakingly. It made me look at my own life and what needs attention. I will be thinking about this story for a long time.” Stacey U.

“This story was such an amazing one really looking forward to the next book to be told. Had me hooked from the first page. If I could give it more than 5 stars I certainly would.” Tammy L.

“I enjoyed In a Grove of Maples very much. Beryl and Edward’s newly-married struggles to adjust to each other felt real and relatable.” Elaine S.

Bloggers:

“A refreshing feel, set apart from the typical troupe, In a Grove of Maples does have touches of faith throughout, but it is no way preachy.  It instead was a subtle nudge that shifts the focus of the story for brief moments, making the reader look inside themselves, examining their own faith, and then it is right back into the narrative.  I really appreciated those little whispers, and I know many will be blessed by this novel.” Only By Grace Reviews

“I thoroughly savored In a Grove of Maples. Knipfer is a talented writer, and beautifully creates people and places (not to mention, animals!) so real that they leap off the page. I enjoyed the Christian faith modeled by some of the characters, and the way they lovingly and kindly influenced others. I look forward to reading more of Knipfer’s work, and I recommend this book to anyone who relishes a rich historical novel!” Finchnwrenwordpress.com 

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