Ruby Moon by Jenny Knipfer
Publication Date: May 5, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 430 pages
Series: By the Light of the Moon, #1
Ruby Moon embodies a tale of grief, guilt, and romance set on the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario during the mid 1890’s. Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident. Her maturity accelerates as the challenges of grief, and romance enter the scene.
Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened ruination of her father’s shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable–Jenay. Renault, her past enemy, suddenly becomes her friend then something more . . . Will she leave the man she loves for this new found affection?
Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life’s richest dramas are played out under the banner of two ruby colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her.
Ruby Moon is the type of book that hooks you from page one. It is intriguing and gorgeously written. The prose is set up perfectly to keep you guessing as to what happened, will happen, and occurred. This book will pull you in and have you quickly turning the pages to discover more.
Jenay is a part of two worlds: the “proper” world of Canadian society and the “wild” (as her aunt would believe) world of the Ojibwe. Blending, merging, and submerging (I’m running out of words, but you get the idea) the past and present, this story of Jenay unfolds. And, let me tell you, it’s a wild story!
So, when I say this book blends times let me explain a bit. This book starts in the future, goes back to the present, and pulls from the past. However, Knipfer is a genius in how she handled this! Each time change was a tease as to why the characters were led to where they are or what they did. In this instance the switches were not jarring, but had a lyrical need in the story.
Now, historical fiction is a very distinctive genre without having any sort of cohesion at all. If you read it frequently, I think you’ll understand what I’m saying (it’s early and my sleep deprive mind is running rampant). Ruby Moon, however, doesn’t seem to fall in any of those typical niches. It’s a mystery with gorgeous style writing all wrapped up into one neat little book.
I must also add that this book is very Godly, which is very out of the ordinary for my typical reads. However, I think that this helped the story and added an extra depth to the tale. It just felt right.
About the Author
Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 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 is the author and performer of a self-published musical CD entitled, Scrapbook of a Closet Poet. Jenny is a first-time author and acquires joy in the journey. Ruby Moon, the first title in her historical fiction series, is available in eBook and paperback formats through Amazon.
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.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*