Under the Weeping Willow, by Jenny Knipfer, is book two in the Sheltering Trees series. This is such a good series. While the stories stand alone very nicely, the second does reference people from the first book , so it is best to read them in order. This story takes off many years after the first in the series ends and it gives some background information. This is a multi-timeline story that tells Robin’s story as a young bride and as a senior citizen. It is well written, it feels like I was observing what was happening.
The author has done a fantastic job of writing a story that deals with depression and the treatment that was used in the early 1900’s. I enjoyed how the author was able to tell an honest story of a subject that is not easily talked about. I felt sorry for Enid for having lived a life without having the knowledge of why her mother was the way she was. I enjoyed how Robin’s extended family was there for her during her trying time. This story gives a brief look at what families of soldiers had to deal with while their men were overseas fighting. I felt sorry for Enid having to deal with her mother’s possessions and her mother’s medical needs without have siblings to help her.
I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
About the Book
A HISTORICAL NOVEL ABOUT A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER AND THE SECRET SHAPING THEIR ROCKY RELATIONSHIP
Just as Robin Holcomb settles into married life with her husband, Willis, on his aunt and uncle’s farm in Wisconsin, WWI calls Willis away. With an unknown future and a child on the way, Robin makes the best of life among people she barely knows.
After the birth of her child, Robin struggles with depression and battles to overcome her inner demons before despair and hopelessness drive her to attempt to take her own life. Will Robin survive her dive into postpartum depression, let alone see Willis again?
Enid Fenton clears out her Mother’s house and puts the family farm up for sale, trying to not be consumed by guilt for installing her mother into the county nursing home.
Reading through some of her mother’s diary entries, Enid uncovers a secret that helps her make sense of the unnamed point of division that has always soured their relationship.
Can Enid reconcile with her mother before the ravages of Alzheimer’s claim her?
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. 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 via social media, newsletter, and various book sites can be found on her website. https://jennyknipfer.com/