Tuesday, February 2, 2021

he Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.



About The Author 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living.

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com


My Review

As you turn the pages you embark on a wonderful adventure. Based on a true story and set in 1911 in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky.

Young Lucy Wilson is sent to help her distant cousin Cora, really not expecting what she is going to be doing. You can just picture her first time on a horse, yes, and add to that a steep mountain trail, crossing creeks, yup, our girl is going to feel this for days. What she does find will surprise you in more than one way.

There is also some sweet romance, and warning to be wary of going of the property where there are stills! What we learn is that these sweet caring people are mostly illiterate and Lucy's new job is to read and write letters.

Out of these journeys develops a new love for these people and a desire to help them. Her cousin Cora has an idea to help, but watch or rather read how those in power want to thwart the desire to even know how to spell their own name.

I loved being here on the mountain, and would love to stay, and follow on with the lives of the people here!

I received this book through NetGalley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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