Silver Moon

Third in the series: By the Light the Moon

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
410 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2020
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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.

Jenny’s books, Ruby Moon, Blue Moon, and Silver Moon earned five-star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: “Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches… Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Historical Novel Society, 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 has self-published the first two books, Ruby Moon and Blue Moon in her four-part series. Two more novels to complete the series are planned for 2020. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series called, Sheltering Trees.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Silver Moon is a work of fiction set in the historical and dramatic sub-genres and was penned by author Jenny Knipfer. The third novel in the By the Light of the Moon series, the book is recommended for more mature readers due to the presence of some scenes of wartime violence and serious injury. Set in an unusual and under-represented corner of World War 1, the book covers the exploits and experiences of three men who belong to the Canadian Expeditionary Force, as well as the people they must leave behind back in Webaashi Bay, Ontario. This varied cast recounts the true cost of war, the power of love and belief, and the fortitude of the human spirit against times of crisis.

Author Jenny Knipfer has crafted an absolutely stunning historical piece that stands alone and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves strong interpersonal drama. I love works set during World War 1 because it’s such an interesting and unprecedented time, and to see the realism and emotional intelligence with which Knipfer writes really warms the heart, even in the most tragic moments of the story. The central characters are all powerful and heroic in their own ways, but I felt most for Oshki and Jimmy in the trenches. The descriptions of the physical experiences and hardships there were visceral and vivid and stayed with me for a long time after I finished the book. Overall, Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.

Rabia Tanveer

Silver Moon is the third novel in the By the Light the Moon series by Jenny Knipfer. The story follows men and women at the time of World War I and shows their battles. Luis didn’t want to go to war, but he was shamed into joining up. A seemingly innocuous-looking woman with striking green eyes gave him a white feather, but she left a huge mark on his mind. He joined the cause, but that was the start of his hell. War is not easy on anyone, so why would Luis be any different? Back at home in Webaashi Bay, Lily is fighting in her own way. She gathers the women in their little community so that they can do their part in making sure the world is a little saner when the men come back from the war. There is chaos everywhere and only the brave will survive.

I am stunned by the amount of detail the author gave in this single story. On one hand, we have powerful characters that are masters of their destiny and on the other, we have a plot that demands all our attention. Jenny Knipfer pulls no punching and holds nothing back. I was hooked from the moment I read the prologue. I knew I was going to love Luis for his simplicity and his characteristics. He is a believable character, changed by his circumstances, and hardened by the life he led. Oshki and his journey lay the foundation for the next novel in the series. The flow is seamless, there is a confidence in the way the author writes and makes sure that the reader is just as invested in the story as she is. There are a lot of characters in Silver Moon, yet none of them distracts the reader. The author has some serious writing skills to make it look so easy. I really enjoyed this book!

Jamie Michele

Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer is the third book in the By the Light of the Moon series, preceded by book one, Ruby Moon, and book two, Blue Moon. The book follows multiple storylines that are all connected through minute degrees of separation, woven together through a patchwork of intertwined expositions. The point of view shifts between several different characters and occasionally from first to third person. The timeline also has intermittent changes that vary from a few days to a few weeks, and even years, blending the 'before' and 'after' with a backstory that places the characters firmly within a WWI era even as their locales vary significantly. Luis Wilson is a spy with the German alias of Gunther Von Wolff, who falls afoul as he navigates between two sides. His good friend Dominic “Oshki” Cota, a newlywed Canadian with First Nation lineage, is entrenched with James “Jimmy” Smith, both soldiers with the love of women waiting for them at home—if they are fortunate enough to return.

Silver Moon is an ambitious book with a heck of a lot going on. Jenny Knipfer carries characters from the previous novels in the series through an ever-changing landscape, on the battlefield and off, crossing borders and shuffling the narrative. I found the volume of characters and the frequent time jumps to be a little confusing, but once I'd moved beyond the first four chapters it was smooth sailing onward. Where Knipfer shines in the writing of this novel is in the depictions of war and the scenery in both moments of suspense and flickers of calm. The characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. I particularly liked the romance between Oshki and his wife Mauve, an unlikely match who are head-over-heels for each other. Overall, this is a great addition to the series that is easy to recommend to readers who enjoy in-depth fiction and timeless themes.