In a Grove of Maples, by Jenny Knipfer

My Review

In a Grove of Maples is book one in the Sheltering Trees series by Jenny Knipfer. This story takes place in Wisconsin in the late 1890’s and gives a nice glimpse into what life may have been for farmers during that time. This is my favorite genre to read and I especially love books based in the north central US. This story starts with Beryl and Edward getting married in Quebec and moving to Wisconsin to a farm his cousin helped them purchase sight unseen, far from family and friends. The story tells of the hard work and trials they had with the first year on their farm as well as the struggles with adjusting to married life.

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. I admire the strength Beryl had to take care of their farm while Edward worked away from home, especially while expecting a baby. This is a great story that shows the importance of neighbors caring for each other, especially when tragedy strikes and family is not around to help. I enjoyed reading Beryl’s journaling and how it triggered flashback to months earlier and events that happened that tells the story of love, grief, strength and endurance. I also enjoyed the parts that are told from Edwards point of view and the difficult decision he made to work away from home to help the family.

I received a complimentary ebook from the author, this is my honest review.

About the Book

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?

About the Author

Jenny 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.
All of Jenny’s books have earned five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, a book review and award contest company. She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.
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.
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 via social media, newsletter, and various book sites can be found on her website. at https://jennyknipfer.com/

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