Blue Moon

By the Light of the Moon

Christian - Historical Fiction
365 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2019
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Author Biography

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.

Jenny’s education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions. She spent many years as a librarian in a local public library but recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability.

She authored and performed a self-published musical CD entitled, Scrapbook of a Closet Poet. Jenny acquires joy in the journey as an author. Jenny holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Historical Novel Society, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Wisconsin Writers Association.

Jenny’s first book, Ruby Moon, won a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite, a book review and award contest company. “Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real.”

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

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Blue Moon is a work of historical and dramatic fiction penned by author Jenny Knipfer and forms the second novel in the By the Light of the Moon series. In this installment we see the lives of the Gulet twins twist and turn with jealousy and trauma as unwed Vanessa is forced to give her baby son to her sister to raise because Valerie is married. The harsh judgments and conditions of 1885 are tough enough without this bitter seed being planted, and when Valerie herself is faced with a life-altering medical diagnosis, the plot only thickens on the shores of Lake Superior.

Author Jenny Knipfer draws readers in with a confident and easy style of writing that makes you feel like you’re in safe hands. Unfolding the dramatic saga of the Gulet twins and the people around them in Webaashi Bay is done with fluid prose and a powerful, multi-sensational atmosphere, where you can feel the fresh air and see the water sparkling in each beautifully tailored scene. The plot itself is exciting and well-paced to give plenty of shocks and heartaches along the way, and the emotional powerhouse at its center, for me at least, was Valerie and her immense bravery in the face of adversity, with a condition that I know a little about and believe to be very well conveyed for its period in history. Overall, Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches. A must-read for historical drama fans everywhere.

Jenny Knipfer

Five Star Reviews from Amazon:

“Being a lover of historical fiction and having read Ruby Moon, I was eager to start reading Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer. This book is a must read for anyone and especially those of us who like Lake Superior and its surrounding area as a setting for the book. The book is engaging, insightful, well researched, and informative. I enjoyed following along with Vanessa and Valerie as they encountered difficulties in their lives. I especially enjoy the quotes that begin each chapter and the bonus recipe at the end of the book. Thank you Jenny Knipfer.” – Laobeau

“There’s something about Knipfer’s writing that touches your heart. Maybe it’s the small town feel of her books, the endearing characters, or the plot that brings a message of truth and hope. And Knipfer wonderfully blends all these elements in her latest, Blue Moon. The second book in her By the Light of the Moon series, Knipfer continues to welcome her readers into Webaashi Bay, where we are welcomed back into the town and characters we fell in love with in Ruby Moon, the first book in this series. I am confident you will love this book just as much – if not more- than the first. For in this book, Knipfer has woven an entrancing tale we all need to hear.” -Amazon customer

“Having read the first book in the series By the Light of the Moon, Ruby Moon, and connecting with that story, I eagerly accepted the chance to be an advanced reader for the next installment in the series, Blue Moon. This segment focuses on twin sisters Vanessa and Valerie and how Luis, the baby born to unmarried Vanessa, changes life for both women as he is given to her married, childless sister Valerie and her husband to raise. As Vanessa is devising a plan for a new life her to take back her son and be a mother to him, Valerie learns she has Multiple Sclerosis. The sisters’ story weaves us back to the shores of Lake Superior and Webaashi Bay and reintroduces familiar characters from Ruby Moon as they meet and become part of Vanessa and Valerie’s story. Using a split time line, scenes from past events give the reader an understanding of current happenings for the characters as a story of heartbreak, love, friendship, health issues, familial bonds and faith unfold. The flashbacks and side stories of some of the supporting characters added depth to the the story and created a sense of connection and community among the characters in the book. Knowing that the author herself is also working through the trials of Multiple Sclerosis made Valerie’s story of how she was handling the disease realistic.” – Marie

From Goodreads:

“Another great novel by Jenny! I love the split timeline approach where Jenny so delicately weaves this tale. Again, I end the novel feeling as if I am intimately acquainted with these characters. Some I already loved from Ruby Moon and was excited to continue a glimpse into their world. Others I fell in love with and felt as if I was walking with them through their journeys of trial and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book!” – Kimberly