In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer ~ Book Review + Giveaway

August 18, 2021


Welcome to the Blog Tour for In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


In a Grove of Maples

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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My Thoughts

This was my first book by this author and I thought it was good. It describes the hardships and the good things about pioneer life through the eyes of a young married couple setting out from Canada over to the states for the first time. You experience the hardships of tending the land and setting up a homestead. The struggles of marriage as they set up a home we see them making difficult choices that makes an impact in their life. 

Overall I thought the author did a good job at describing and making solid characters. I did have a hard time reading it and getting into the storyline. I think mainly it was because the storyline kept jumping back and forth which confused me at times and I felt like I was missing something. If the storyline would of stayed in chronological order I think it would've made me stayed engaged a bit more. That being said I think it was good and I do want to read her second one in hopes to see where the storyline goes. 

If you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction then you will probably enjoy this one. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/ Liked it

I received a copy of this book from Just Read Tours. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


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 Treesis 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


(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

In a Grove of Maples JustRead Giveaway

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  1. I like the cover. Sounds like a great read

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of this book, it sounds like a good read

  3. Thank you for sharing your review!

  4. Thank you for sharing your honest review!

  5. Kelly-Ann, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.