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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Molly Lund never thought she’d see him again. It had been five years since the horrific events that took away her young son and made her husband disappear. She believed he was dead. So, after years of healing in an asylum (where women were sent in the early 1900s if they suffered from women’s issues or depression), she reached out to her friend’s sister, Molly, and went to stay with them on their farm in Minnesota. There she started to heal, as did the hired hand, Samuel. They both had troubling pasts that haunted them; they both needed and hoped for a new beginning. Would they find that new beginning with each other? In Bur Oak Ridge: Sheltering Trees Book 3, Jenny Knipfer relates this tale. Life is never quite so simple, is it?
Jenny Knipfer’s historical romance narrates the story in the first person, from both Molly's and Samuel’s perspective. Each chapter in Bur Oak Ridge is identified as to which of the two characters is speaking. The author cleverly manipulates the plot so there’s no overlapping of events as one often finds in stories told from multiple points of view. The descriptive narrative is compelling and certainly sets the stage, keeping in mind the historical era being depicted, whilst inviting the reader into the story. Dialogue is well constructed and engaging, helping readers identify more thoroughly with the key characters. The plot has its anticipated twists and turns to keep readers intrigued and focused right to the very end. This is a great comfort read that will soothe the spirit with renewed hope and faith.