About the Book:
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
My Thoughts on The Moonlight School
The Moonlight School was totally insightful and helped me learn about something I had not really thought of before. It was filled with a lot of good history, accurate details, and descriptive scenes (and I do mean vividly descriptive! I could totally see the scenes as the author described them). I loved how Suzanne Woods Fisher conveyed her characters, I thought that the characters had good arcs and that you could see them step out of their comfort zones all through the book. Their interactions with each other were engaging and realistic as well. I loved learning more about the moonlight schoolhouses and I thought that Suzanne Woods Fisher did a good job explaining the different nuances of it. I give this book 5 stars and I am so looking forward to more books from Suzanne Woods Fisher!
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own
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