Coffee Pot Book Tour: In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knifper


Welcome to a stop on the Coffee Pot Blog Tour for In a Grove of Maples. We have a super excerpt for you today to whet your appetite for Jenny’s stunning new book! First...


The Details


Book Title: In a Grove of Maples
Series: Sheltering Trees: Book 1
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Publication Date: 1st July 2021
Publisher: Jenny Knipfer--Author
Page Length: 264 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction
Audio Narrated By Jenn Lee


The Blurb

 "... a heartfelt tale of the struggles of married life on a nineteenth-century farm. Edward and Beryl are both relatable and sympathetic. Knipfer expertly captures the emotion and stress of their lives and relationship. It’s a touching and realistic portrayal of love, loss, and friendship." Heather Stockard for Readers’ Favorite five-star review



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.


Meet Jenny

 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.

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. A new historical fiction, four-part series entitled, Sheltering Trees, will be released in 2021 and 2022. Jenny is currently writing a novella series entitled, Botanical Seasons.


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The Excerpt

Excerpt 2: In a Grove of Maples 

Beryl fell in love. A little, log cabin squatted in the shade of a few trees. A stone outbuilding and a small, log barn stood opposite the house a hundred feet or so away. In between the log cabin and the stone building, a red-handled water pump spiked up from the earth. 

Peace settled in Beryl as she took in the reward for their endeavors. Behind and to the right of the barn, cleared, fallow land waited for them to grow crops. A grassy clearing spotted with daisies, yellow rocket, and Queen Anne’s lace lay to the south of the house. The woods skirting the area housed evergreens, pines, oaks, birch, aspen, and maple trees. One particular grouping of maple trees caught Beryl’s eye. On impulse, she grabbed Edward’s hand and ran as best she could through the long grass. 

“Whoa! Slow down.” 

He laughed, and she joined him. Soon, they stood together in the shelter of a grove of maples, young like them. The palm- sized, pointed, green leaves danced in the gentle breeze. 

Beryl leaned against Edward’s chest. “It’s like something out of a fairy story.” 

The trees almost formed a complete ring, like they had been planted by design. 

“Yes. It’s the perfect place to build our home.” Edward gazed back at the cabin. “A real house. A house of planed boards with siding.” 

“The cozy cabin will do nicely for now.” 

She turned his face to hers. The stubble at his jawline scuffed against her hand. Their eyes met, and a shared joy was strung between them, like a gossamer thread of spider silk. Edward lowered his lips to hers as the sun flamed pink behind them. 

“Promise me something?” she softly pleaded.

He wrapped his arms fully around her. “What?”

“Promise we’ll be happy.”


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