Review & Giveaway: In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer

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Title: In a Grove of Maples

Series: Sheltering Trees #1

Author: Jenny Knipfer

Publisher: Independently Published

Release Date: July 1, 2021

Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction

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. 

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This was the first book that I have read by this author and it was really a page turner! I loved the way the diary entries foreshadowed things to come, as they were written a few months prior to the events that were taking place in each chapter. It helped prepare me emotionally for upcoming sorrow in the story, while also serving to highlight Beryl’s thoughts and feelings about what was taking place in her life.

This novel followed the first year of marriage for Beryl and Edward. These two fell in love and then married and immediately moved far away from their families. It was the tale of two people who truly loved each other, but did not know each other very well. They struggled with communication, as well as anger and misunderstandings with each other. I felt sorry for them and hoped that they would learn to communicate.

There were some heartbreaking moments in this story, yet it retained a hopeful focus. I liked that Beryl had the support of friends who were concerned for her well being. I longed for Beryl and Edward to share their hearts with each other, whether in their letters or in person. I craved more time with these characters at the end of the story, yet the author did wrap things up nicely.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.



Jenny Knipfer

Jenny Knipfer lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Spending many years as a librarian in a local public library, Jenny recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability. Her education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set.

She deems a cup of tea and a good book an essential part of every day. When not writing, Jenny can be found reading, tending to her many houseplants, or piecing quilt blocks at her sewing machine.

Her new historical fiction, four-part series entitled, Sheltering Trees, is set in the area Jenny grew up in, where she currently lives, and places along Minnesota’s Northern Shore, where she loves to visit. She is currently writing a four-part novella series entitled: Botanical Seasons.

CONNECT WITH JENNY: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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In a Grove of Maples JustRead Giveaway

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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10 Responses to Review & Giveaway: In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer

  1. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    Sounds good. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing In a Grove of Maples and featuring it here on your blog for the tour! I’m glad you enjoyed the diary entries and the split timeline. 😊

  4. Shelly Peterson says:

    Sounds like a good read

  5. Roxanne C. says:

    The journal entries sound like very interesting addition to the story.

  6. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this book, it sounds like a must read for me

  7. Thank you so much for your review! – JustRead Tours

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  9. megan allen says:

    Beautiful cover! Thanks for sharing!

  10. carylkane says:

    Brittany, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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