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?