Jenny Knipfer–Author

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Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome. Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Christian – Historical Fiction book “Ruby Moon” by Jenny Knipfer

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Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite

Ruby Moon is the first entry in the series By the Light of the Moon by Jenny Knipfer, a narrative with very strong Christian themes. It is a story that explores guilt, family hurt, and an unusual romance, set in Ontario in the 1890s. It follows Jenay, a young female protagonist of mixed descent, who experiences trauma after causing an accident. The reader encounters a young woman who is psychologically challenged by the experiences of life, but then an unexpected person enters her life, the very person who once stood as a serious threat to her father’s shipping business — the insanely handsome Renault. Now she feels an irresistible attraction to the man she should hate while her heart struggles to do what is right.

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.”

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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.”



“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.

“As a winner of a GoodReads Kindle giveaway, I must admit I would not have found this book by my usual selection of reading material. I found it mysterious and I kept reading to find out what had happened to the person who was feeling guilty. The author then 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. Usually when a mystery is cleared most authors sign off on the story, but the author continues with other events perhaps leading, I suppose, to book #2.” –Ruth


“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.

“I love to read and this book did not disappoint. The characters are real and the setting and plot was amazing. I started reading and could not put this book down. 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 learned a lot I had never known. I can easily recommend this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second in the series!” –Debbie W.

“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. I started to read the first page and when I stopped two hours had passed. I read during dinner. I read after dinner. I woke up and I read. When I got to the last page I closed the book and held it to my heart…

“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. As you read it becomes clear this isn’t just a clear cut romance or mystery there is very much a spirituality to this story and it fills your soul. Luckily, this book is the first in the Light of the Moon series and I have Blue Moon to read next.

“The author, Jenny Knipfer, has her own miraculous story and I encourage you to visit her Instagram account and blog. She is an inspiration besides being a truly talented writer.” Linda McCutcheon


“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.


“Jenay’s life is a kaleidoscope of the fractured pieces of her heart and soul representing the entire spectrum of emotions. I felt so much everything while reading this book because Jenay is a genuine relatable and sympathetic character. She is strong and steadfast as much as a young girl can be. So many obstacles fall in Jenay’s path, and it is difficult to see a way out. How will Jenay not only survive, but thrive? 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. The incorrect misspelled dialogue is an excellent representation of the time and place and lends much authenticity. I like this style of writing, and I hope the author continues such in the future.” – JypsyLynn

“I wanted to know more and kept reading because there was something mysterious going on in Ruby Moon. I kept reading to find out what had happened to the person who was feeling guilty. The author then 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. Usually when a mystery is cleared most authors sign off on the story, but the author continues with other events perhaps leading, I suppose, to book #2” – R_anne

Book Review Bloggers and Sites:

The Red Headed Book Lover posted a rave review for Ruby Moon on her site. Read the full review here.

“The story of Ruby Moon is sensational, and I applaud the exceptional author Jenny Knipfer for putting a twist on the romance genre. The fact that the story is so original and unique and incredibly entertaining at the same time shows us that 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 adore historical fiction, but some historical fiction/romance stories can be lackluster thanks to the predictable nature of them. Knipfer’s novel, however, will keep its readers guessing and I challenge you, readers, to guess where the plot goes when you read this excellent book, I would be interested whether you were able to guess the outcome correctly! 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.

“So, when I say this book blends times let me explain a bit. This book starts in the future, goes back to the present, and pulls from the past. However, Knipfer is a genius in how she handled this! Each time change was a tease as to why the characters were led to where they are or what they did. In this instance the switches were not jarring, but had a lyrical need in the story. …It’s a mystery with gorgeous style writing all wrapped up into one neat little book.”

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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.”



“Being a lover of historical fiction and having read Ruby Moon, I was eager to start reading Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer. This book is a must read for anyone and especially those of us who like Lake Superior and it’s surrounding area as a setting for the book. The book is engaging, insightful, well researched, and informative. I enjoyed following along with Vanessa and Valerie as they encountered difficulties in their lives. I especially enjoy the quotes that begin each chapter and the bonus recipe at the end of the book. Thank you Jenny Knipfer.” – 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. The second book in her By the Light of the Moon series, Knipfer continues to welcome her readers into Webaashi Bay, where we are welcomed back into the town and characters we fell in love with in Ruby Moon, the first book in this series. I am confident you will love this book just as much – if not more- than the first. For in this book, Knipfer has woven an entrancing tale we all need to hear.” -Amazon customer

“Having read the first book in the series By the Light of the Moon, Ruby Moon, and connecting with that story, I eagerly accepted the chance to be an advanced reader for the next installment in the series, Blue Moon. This segment focuses on twin sisters Vanessa and Valerie and how Luis, the baby born to unmarried Vanessa, changes life for both women as he is given to her married, childless sister Valerie and her husband to raise. As Vanessa is devising a plan for a new life her to take back her son and be a mother to him, Valerie learns she has Multiple Sclerosis. The sisters’ story weaves us back to the shores of Lake Superior and Webaashi Bay and reintroduces familiar characters from Ruby Moon as they meet and become part of Vanessa and Valerie’s story. 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. Knowing that the author herself is also working through the trials of Multiple Sclerosis made Valerie’s story of how she was handling the disease realistic.” – Marie


“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. Some I already loved from Ruby Moon and was excited to continue a glimpse into their world. Others I fell in love with and felt as if I was walking with them through their journeys of trial and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book!” – Kimberly


“I’ve read both of Jenny Knipfer’s books in this series and am looking forward to reading the third book in 2020. 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

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