01 April 2021

Harvest Moon | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


A tale of finding grace and blessing amongst life’s hardships.

In the wilds of 19th century Ontario, Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love, breaks her father’s honor, and surrenders her trust to someone who betrays it. The abuse she suffers divides her from her tribe and causes her to give up what she holds most dear.

Niin-mawin must come to grips with his culture being ripped away from him. Brought up in a “white man’s” school, he suffers through an enforced “civilized” education and separation from his family. When a man he respects reveals a secret about Niin-mawin’s past, he embarks on a search for the person he hopes can mend the part of his heart that’s always been missing.

Both Maang-ikwe and Niin-mawin wonder how a harvest of pain and sorrow will impact their lives. Will they find the blessings amongst the hardships, or will they allow the results of division and abuse to taint their hearts forever?

Fans of historical fiction, Native American fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will be moved by this deep, heartfelt novel.

Release Date: November 23, 2020



“Is this what we should do?”

Maang-ikwe leaned against Ignacio. His black cassock smelled of cedarwood soap and ash. Her heart desired to go with him, but her head spoke, telling her to stay.

Ignacio pulled her tighter into his embrace. “We have decided, made our choice.”

His words sounded firm. He cradled her head, her cheek held flush over his heart.

Maang-ikwe sighed and turned her chin up to him. “I will be breaking two promises.”

She could see the last rays of the setting sun finger out over the top of his shoulder. The light made the pale hairs on the side of his neck glow like lightning bugs. She reached and hovered her hand over the spot; an unseen force moved between his flesh and hers.


Jenny Knipfer 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.

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 is currently writing a new historical fiction series entitled Sheltering Trees. The first title in that series, In a Grove of Maples—inspired by the lives of her grandparents in the late 1890’s—is slated for summer of 2021.


(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

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  1. Thank you for posting about Harvest Moon and the tour!

  2. Cindy Merrill1/4/21 15:57

    The story reminds me of a place called "Lovers Leap" in Bangor Maine, two Native Americans jumped to their deaths because they were forbidden to marry.

  3. Anonymous1/4/21 16:09

    Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  4. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. This sounds like a great read and my kind of book! I can't wait to read this.

  6. Harvest Moon sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I'm definitely adding this to my tbr! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I like the cover & excerpt!