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.

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Volume One

The Prairies Book Review: reviewing, Ruby Moon, Blue Moon, and Silver Moon

Sentimental and richly-detailed

“In this poignant, tautly-paced series, Knipfer elegantly explores grief, guilt, romance, and faith.

“The storyline in the series follows the trajectory of Jenay, Vanessa and their children’s lives from the late 1800s through WWI and its aftermath. The narrative stays intriguing as it flashes back and forth in the past and the present with the flashback chapters from the protagonists’ lives forming the axis of the story. Knipfer seamlessly Interweaves various storylines and stays focused on the richness of the Ojibwe culture, faith, and family ties. Readers struggling with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) will appreciate the journey of the Gulet twins as a vehicle for emotional healing. The large cast of characters in this multi-generation saga provides depth and richness to the several connected storylines; each character is thoroughly sketched and possesses his or her own fears, insecurities, hopes, desires, and inner voice; Jenay, who started her journey as a teenager surprises with her strength, faith, and the gift of love; all the other characters, especially Luis, Oshki, and Jimmy are compelling, their time in war offers both a grim perspective on life in the trenches and horror of war on a soldier’s psyche. Christian symbolism woven into the story along with the open, faith-based questions about the very nature of reality will delight readers of faith. 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.”

PRAISE FOR RUBY MOON:

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This novel is filled with drama and a writing style that is insightful. From the beginning, the author creates a sense of mystery, capturing sensations in a style that defies perception: ‘I see the moon, and I imagine the moon sees me—every hidden part. The blood red of a ruby is reflected upon its surface. It appears like a floating jewel, fit for a queen. The queen of death.’ The lyricism in the writing combines with the use of symbolism and the spiritual depth of the writing to transport the reader and makes for an inspiring read. The chapters are well-organized, each exploring an episode or an aspect of the plot, each written with timely paragraph breaks and phraseology that is designed to increase the level of drama in the story. Biblical references make for an additional level of richness in the story. Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real.”

Wisconsin Writers Association: Gloria Bartel reviewing

“From prologue to epilogue, Jenny Knipfer’s Ruby Moon carries the reader through the enthralling catacombs of Jenay Follet’s mind to solve a murder mystery. This story uniquely cross-examines the past and present of all the major players on the stage, good guys and bad guys alike, which lends to the story’s theme of redemption as well as serving to discover the characters’ motivations and interests…

“Knipfer’s characterization is stellar in this novel, and she skillfully ties in themes of faith, forgiveness, and trust. The mesh of cultures in this novel are delightful and refreshing, as is the way she carries the readers through the story in non-chronological order using different perspectives and tenses. For the most part, these shifts are easy to follow because she gives section headers that note the date, making it easier for the reader to fit the puzzle pieces together. The non-chronology also makes for a more stimulating read.”

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING . . .

Goodreads:

“I didn’t quite know what to expect when I picked up this book. A debut novel can be a risk. But this story defied every fear, immersing me from the beginning into the lives of Jenay and Jacque, along with a bevy of unforgettable characters. However, these characters weren’t the only draw. No, it was Knipfer’s ability to weave a plot so multi-dimensional, so ripe with meaning, so full of depth, that I knew this story was something special.

“I highly encourage you to pick up this book. You will run the gamut of emotions, from laughter, to sorrow, to fear, to hope. Take a chance on this one. It does not disappoint!” — Kathryn V.

“The author does a lovely job of telling the back story of young Jenay growing up on the shores of Lake Superior. We finally understand what happened and the mystery of the first pages becomes clear.” —Ruth E.

“I gave this story a five star because of the setting of the book and the way the author has described the scenes in the story. In turn, that made me feel like I was there feeling the frustrations of Janay as she comes of age and learning right along with her.”–Lori

“I truly enjoyed the story and the premise of the book. I found it fairly unique, which is hard to achieve when you’re on your 3000th Christian fiction.”
Erica Pait

“The book shows the labour of love that was put into the story. The detail, the style and the plot twist are commendable.”–Praise

“I would recommend this book, I especially enjoyed see the growth in faith as she worked through her past and moved into her future.”–Katherine Hoch

Amazon:

“This was a most unique book. Most of this story centers around Jenay in her 17th year and what a year that was. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.” —Linda R.

“The storyline kept me riveted and the description of the lifestyles, the countryside and the way things were in that period of history was not only captivating… I can easily recommend this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second in the series!” —Debbie W.

“What make this epic novel stand out is the lyrical, poetic and honest writing from its author. The very first page is almost a sonnet and one of the best beginnings to a book I have every read…

“It does not always happen but when it does it feels miraculous. I’m talking about when you read a book and you are immersed in it… When I got to the last page I closed the book and held it to my heart.”-Linda McCutcheon

The writing is poetic and lyrical and it was easy to get lost in the beautiful words. Biblical references add a deep, spiritual element to the story. Ruby Moon is fast-paced and well-written. The plot is multi-dimensional and you will find yourself holding your breath, waiting to see what happens next.”--Brenda Webb, author of A Thousand Mothers

“The main character, Jenay, is an extremely relatable dynamic character. Knipfer doesn’t just tell the reader about Jenay’s immense internal struggle, she shows the reader and makes the reader really understand. One of my favorite parts of the book was understanding more about the Ojibwe culture and customs. Jenay’s aunt provides details about Ojibwe customs and guides Jenay to make the right decisions. I did not expect the ending of this book! What a twist! I am so excited to read the next book in the series!”--Emily G.

‘ I loved that the author added scripture and quotes throughout the entire book pertaining to that particular vein of the story. I also greatly appreciated the symbolic implication of the story of the thief on the cross that shows God’s true forgiving power.”–Lisa

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“I am awed by every aspect of her creativity! The depth and details and anticipation in her writings are incredible! I highly recommend this to everyone!” —Judy A.

BookBub

“I felt so much of everything while reading this book because Jenay is a genuine relatable and sympathetic character. The prose is just beautiful with a lyricism that ebbs and flows perfectly. I love a story that sounds to me like a song, and this one certainly did.” – JypsyLynn

“Jenny does a fabulous job of crafting realistic characters and bringing their world to life. Ruby Moon is definitely on my read again list because I enjoyed it so much. I am starting Jenny’s next book, Blue Moon, next. She is a talented author and I highly recommend Ruby Moon!”–Regina Walker, author of We Go On

I thoroughly enjoyed this book . The blend of scripture , nature , and a complicated love story took me to another place which was entertaining yet relaxing . I held myself back on the last several chapters rationing them daily so it wouldn’t be over.”–Amazon Customer

“The story is richly developed and the characters have a depth to them the makes you hope for their best. I didn’t want to put the book down and stayed up way too late trying to find out what happens next. You can visualize what the shore looks like with the excellent description of the area. You won’t be disappointed!“–Kerri A.

Book Review Bloggers and Sites:

The Red Headed Book Lover

“Jenny is a talented wordsmith who knows how to be creative and brazen with her thoughts and think outside of the box. I adore how Jenny took risks with Ruby Moon and decided to put a twist on a much-loved genre; this is incredibly hard to do and even harder to pull off, so it is safe for me to write that I adore Jenny’s literature! I tried my hardest, but Knipfer continuously keeps her readers on edge with her sheer brilliance!”

Ya Its Lit Blog

“Ruby Moon is the type of book that hooks you from page one. It is intriguing and gorgeously written. The prose is set up perfectly to keep you guessing as to what happened, will happen, and occurred. This book will pull you in and have you quickly turning the pages to discover more. It’s a mystery with gorgeous style writing all wrapped up into one neat little book.”

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PRAISE FOR BLUE MOON:

Readers’ Favorite:

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

“Blue Moon is a work of historical and dramatic fiction penned by author Jenny Knipfer and forms the second novel in the By the Light of the Moon series. In this installment we see the lives of the Gulet twins twist and turn with jealousy and trauma as unwed Vanessa is forced to give her baby son to her sister to raise because Valerie is married. The harsh judgments and conditions of 1885 are tough enough without this bitter seed being planted, and when Valerie herself is faced with a life-altering medical diagnosis, the plot only thickens on the shores of Lake Superior.

“Author Jenny Knipfer draws readers in with a confident and easy style of writing that makes you feel like you’re in safe hands. Unfolding the dramatic saga of the Gulet twins and the people around them in Webaashi Bay is done with fluid prose and a powerful, multi-sensational atmosphere, where you can feel the fresh air and see the water sparkling in each beautifully tailored scene. The plot itself is exciting and well-paced to give plenty of shocks and heartaches along the way, and the emotional powerhouse at its center, for me at least, was Valerie and her immense bravery in the face of adversity, with a condition that I know a little about and believe to be very well conveyed for its period in history. Overall, Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches. A must-read for historical drama fans everywhere.”

Wisconsin Writers Association: Joan Bauer reviewing

“My mother was a twin, and while she and her sister were not identical, we always joked that they had a certain telepathy between them. This phenomenon is central to Jenny Knipfer’s Blue Moon, where the special relationship between identical twins Vanessa and Valerie–born to a life of privilege in late nineteenth-century Toronto–is perhaps irrevocably broken.

“… 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. As the twin sisters seek to recover their special relationship, each finds solace and redemption in a faith based solidly on gratitude.”

“Jenny Knipfer has crafted compelling characters. It is easy to relate to both of these women throughout this fantastic tale. They are easy to celebrate with and mourn for.” Regina Walker, author of We Go On 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING . . .

Amazon:

“This book is a must read for anyone and especially those of us who like Lake Superior and its surrounding area as a setting for the book. The book is engaging, insightful, well researched, and informative.” –-Laobeau

“There’s something about Knipfer’s writing that touches your heart. Maybe it’s the small town feel of her books, the endearing characters, or the plot that brings a message of truth and hope. And Knipfer wonderfully blends all these elements in her latest, Blue Moon, for in this book, Knipfer has woven an entrancing tale we all need to hear.” –-Amazon customer

“Using a split time line, scenes from past events give the reader an understanding of current happenings for the characters as a story of heartbreak, love, friendship, health issues, familial bonds and faith unfold. The flashbacks and side stories of some of the supporting characters added depth to the the story and created a sense of connection and community among the characters in the book.” –-Marie S.

“This book was a great book two in the series. I really enjoyed reading it. It had Romance, tragedy, sadness, misunderstandings, reconciliations and love. The feel of a small town where everyone knows everyone and all are friends and neighbors and help each other.”–Shirley M.


“In Blue Moon, the author tells a breathtaking story of twins Vanessa and Valerie. Page after page, the author masterfully weaves other exciting characters into the story, and the plot unfolds, revealing more and more new sides of each character.
“–Ksenia S

The characters and the description of where Vanessa ends up living will keep you spellbound. You’ll want to keep reading to see what is going to happen and how things are going to with out. Definitely worth your time to order this book and read it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.“–Bear Reader

Jenny has crafted yet another beautiful story. I enjoyed following the tale of the two twins, Valerie and Vanessa, as they learn forgiveness and that love takes many forms. I found myself wishing this could be made into a movie, as the story unraveled so cinematically in my head! I would highly recommend Blue Moon, and all books from the By the Light of the Moon series!“–Leia K.

Blue Moon touched me because I have an identical twin sister. As Jenny’s story developed, the twins, Valerie and Vanessa, their close relationship and then the brokenness, was realistic to me. I love stories where you care about the characters, you want to see them grow and change and get beyond the difficult places in life. Jenny has a way of bringing hope into her stories. We need hope that our futures will be better or at least that we will have some understanding of the purposes of our struggles.“–Carolyn M.

Goodreads:

“Another great novel by Jenny! I love the split timeline approach where Jenny so delicately weaves this tale. Again, I end the novel feeling as if I am intimately acquainted with these characters… and felt as if I was walking with them through their journeys of trial and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book!” – Kimberly J.

BookBub:

“Blue Moon is the tale of identical twin girls growing up in the late 1800s. When one of the girls falls in love and has a child out of wedlock, she is forced by her father to relinquish her parental rights to her sister who is married. As you might imagine this leads to resentment and anger. But I won’t say anything more. Read it!” – Rudysfirst

PRAISE FOR SILVER MOON:

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

“Silver Moon is recommended for more mature readers due to the presence of some scenes of wartime violence and serious injury. Set in an unusual and under-represented corner of World War 1, the book covers the exploits and experiences of three men who belong to the Canadian Expeditionary Force, as well as the people they must leave behind back in Webaashi Bay, Ontario. This varied cast recounts the true cost of war, the power of love and belief, and the fortitude of the human spirit against times of crisis.

“Author Jenny Knipfer has crafted an absolutely stunning historical piece that stands alone and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves strong interpersonal drama. I love works set during World War 1 because it’s such an interesting and unprecedented time, and to see the realism and emotional intelligence with which Knipfer writes really warms the heart, even in the most tragic moments of the story. The central characters are all powerful and heroic in their own ways, but I felt most for Oshki and Jimmy in the trenches. The descriptions of the physical experiences and hardships there were visceral and vivid and stayed with me for a long time after I finished the book. Overall, Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.”

Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite


“I am stunned by the amount of detail the author gave in this single story. On one hand, we have powerful characters that are masters of their destiny and on the other, we have a plot that demands all our attention. Jenny Knipfer pulls no punches and holds nothing back. I was hooked from the moment I read the prologue. The flow is seamless, there is a confidence in the way the author writes and makes sure that the reader is just as invested in the story as she is. There are a lot of characters in Silver Moon, yet none of them distracts the reader. The author has some serious writing skills to make it look so easy.”

Self-publishing Reveiw:

“Taking an original angle on a tumultuous time in history, Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer is a sparkling slice of historical fiction. Ambitiously detailing a diverse collection of characters, this World War I story bounces across space and time, delicately filled with vivid descriptions, nuanced moral dilemmas, and authentic relationships. 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, ★★★★½

Midwest Book Review:

“Jenny Knipfer excels in creating the kind of war story that weaves together the different lives, perspectives, and wartime impacts on its characters in a story both grim and hopeful at the same timeThe result is a story of love, death, hope, and differences that follows how different characters fight the war in their own ways, realize their dreams, and evolve friendships and uncertain love in the face of disaster.

“It’s a powerful saga of World War I that, more than most novels of the times, creates a compelling cross-comparison between numerous characters who experience the war in different ways.

“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

Wisconsin Writers Association:

“Ultimately, Silver Moon is a story of forgiveness, second chances, prayer and patience. Although told through multiple characters, Lily and Luis carry the main threads. An epilogue wraps up this story line. Harvest Moon, the fourth in the series, is scheduled for release later this fall and I look forward to reading it.” –Lisa Lickel for Wisconsin Writers Assoc.

In the top 100 Best-selling, WWI Historical Fiction Novels on Amazon!

What Readers Are Saying:

Amazon:

“Silver Moon is a riveting tale that takes place during the first World War. I got totally immersed in the story, anxious to find out which men would make it back home and how their families held up while waiting at home. My hat off to Jenny for her skills and the gripping tale that she takes us on in Silver Moon.”–Laobeau

“Though her main subject matter of war was dark and grim, Ms. Knipfer did also explore the concepts of love, hope and faith as evidenced by the relationships between the men at war and the women who supported and cared for them. The story held my attention as I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the characters fighting in the war and had me hoping, along with all of the residents of Webaashi Bay, for news of the men sent off to war and that they would all return back home again safely.”–Marie S.

“The characters are many but each one is a huge part of the story. Some of the main characters are Luis, Oshki, Jimmy, Vanessa, Maude, Lily, Jenay and Rose. Each character plays their part so well until all the pieces fit together to make a story that is amazing.“–Shirley M.

” There are lots of characters, but each has their own unique part in the story and they all play their parts so well. This is a very well written book. Jenny Knipfer is a new author for me, one I will definitely keep contact with. And I can’t wait for the fourth book in this series, Harvest Moon! If you enjoy historical stories, war stories or both, you are covered here. Ms. Knipfer does her research well and it shows on every page of this book. And I have to say, throughout reading this book, I kept singing By the Light of the Silvery Moon! The song is still in my head!”–Amazon customer

“Jenny Knipfer presented her research well. She brought to life what many experienced during this time period, both on the battlefield and back at home. Her characters are ones readers will come to care about. The book ends with a bit of a surprise, leaving me anxious to read what happens next in this story or possibly what was happening in another place at the time of the first three books in the series.”–Jane M.

“Silver Moon, was an emotional read and one that ran the gamut of forgiveness, heartbreak, redemption, loss, and second chances. Everything wrapped up nicely and I enjoyed the story very much. Even as this was Book 3 in the series, it still worked well as a standalone.”–J.E. Grace

“There is a lot of loss, which is to be expected in times of war, but there are also some very touching moments in the book as well. I was kept on the edge of my seat at times wondering what the outcome was going to be. This was a very touching and heartfelt story that I highly recommend.”–Bear Reader

Goodreads:

” I also love that this is non-traditional war book. Even though the time period is World War I, the focus is on the characters (people involved) not the war itself.”–Jackie

“The different struggles of all of the characters. The author has successfully packaged each of them that I can picture them clearly in my mind as I step into their shoes and live their story as they go through all the pain and glory, the despair and satisfaction in the time of war.”–Cel

“Jenny knipfer literally gave life to her characters through her writing. The world building is so fully fleshed out and spine tingling, characters are so powerful and realistically smart that their mere existence seems like commentary on the state of fiction.”–The Readera

Blogs:

“Jenny creates characters that come alive on the page and waltz across my imagination. She writes with skill and confidence and I am very glad I happened upon her books.”–Regina Walker, author of We Go On

BookBub:

“Jenny Knipfer completely outdid herself in her latest novel, Silver Moon. 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. With touching faith and resounding hope, this is one book that touch your heart and soul. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.”–Kathryn V.

“As one who enjoys historical fiction, I’ve been looking forward to Jenny Knipfer’s third book in the trilogy “By the Light of the Moon.” She did not disappoint in Silver Moon. The stories of the men, women, and families depicted gave me a real feeling of the times and lives of the early 20th century. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a story about warfare but the storyline and the beautiful characters are what set this book apart. I’ll give it 5 stars!”–Rudys First

Another great story by Jenny! I was both engaged in and intrigued with the plot. She surrounds each soldier’s story with the stories of those who love them, giving us a fuller picture of the toll the war took on families. I love too that Jenny gives us tidbits of little known historical events or facts that teach us something new about a time forgotten. Well done!“–Kim J.

Netgalley:

This book will make you hold your breath waiting to see what will happen to our beloved characters as Knipfer puts them through their paces. You’ll want to cry, support, and rejoice in their triumphs as they experience WW1 and its many dangers.”–Lori Parrish, Netalley

Praise for Harvest Moon:

Readers’ Favorite:

“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

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