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Blog Tour and Book Excerpt for "Under the Weeping Willow" by Jenny Knipfer

Author Bio:

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.

Keep current with Jenny by visiting her website at Ways to connect with Jenny via social media, newsletter, and various book sites can be found on her website.

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Book Title: Under the Weeping Willow

Series: (Sheltering Trees: Book Two)

Author: Jenny Knipfer

Publication Date: 21st October 2021

Publisher: Jenny Knipfer—Author

Page Length: 346 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Split Timeline Fiction

Book Title and Author Name

Under the Weeping Willow

(Sheltering Trees: Book Two)

By Jenny Knipfer

Book Blurb



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?

Readers of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, literary fiction, and women’s fiction will be moved as this novel takes them from the depths of a person’s psyche and grief to the pinnacle of long-hoped-for peace.


“Knipfer has created a story that crosses many genres and will appeal to those who love poignant epics about complex characters, engrossing plots, relatable situations, and a satisfying ending.” Tammy Ruggles for Readers’ Favorite, five-star review

“A sensitive and well-crafted drama unpacking issues of mental health, layers of grief, societal expectations, and the instability of memory, this novel is touching on the surface, but subtly and profoundly layered with meaning.” Self-Publishing Review ★★★★★

"A heart-rending, emotionally packed love story between a mother and daughter, Under the Weeping Willow is a journey of loss and brokenness coupled with forgiveness and healing. This time-split novel captured my heart and didn't release it until the final page. Beautiful and haunting, Robin and Enid's story swept me to another era. These characters lived, and I loved watching them find their way to each other. Keep the tissues handy. You don't want to miss this story!" ~Candace West, Selah award finalist and author of the Valley Creek Redemption series

Trigger Warnings:

Postpartum depression, attempted suicide, Alzheimer's

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Book Excerpt

I walk closer and carefully touch her shoulder. “Mom?” She turns her head and looks up at me. “Who are you?” Her thin brows pucker. Her once pretty, oval face is shrouded in leathery wrinkles, a product of too many days in the sun. I look like her, except without the deep wrinkles, although my face is starting to show the passage of time.

And so begins the pain of not being remembered.

I lower myself onto a rust, vinyl-covered chair by the window. “It’s Enid, Mom. Remember? Your daughter.”

Her wrinkles deepen around her eyes, and she squints through her round glasses framed in pearl-pink plastic. “Who?”

“Never mind.”

I pick up a photo of her and me from the bureau. We each smile widely in the picture with our heads touching. In the image she shows a nice set of teeth, while I hide my overbite. Water shimmers in the background. The silver frame has begun to tarnish. I rub at a blackening spot with my thumb.

I hold the frame out to her. “This is us. We’re out by Lake Michigan at the county park in Oconto for a Massart family reunion, remember?” I give her a moment while she studies the picture. I gently remind her, “You’re my mom, and I’m your daughter.”

I watch her eyes. A faint glimmer of recognition registers and then passes.

“Oh,” is all she says.

I put the frame back down, deflated as usual, and change the subject.

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