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.
“‘ Hope can be found even in the darkest of forests,'”
I’ve read books but I’ve never read anyone quite like this in the sense that it put my mind and heart to think and reason. It opened my mind and reminded me to see people in a different light and see living as a means of adding value to the lives of people.
I divided the characters into different categories but the two most prominent ones were those who were in the position to make a difference in the lives of others and jumped at it no matter the cost and those who used their position to exploit others.
Lucy was one character to love. Her metamorphosis was astronomical.
Aunty Cora was a force to reckon with. I loved her bigger than life personality.
I congratulate the author for being able to write the story from the different character’s point of view without loosing the readers on the way.
The lessons of faith, love, and family in this book was profound and wonderful.
I received a copy of this book from Revell and this is my honest opinion.