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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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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