Friday 2 April 2021

Book Review: Moonlight School

From the Back:

Haunted by personal tragedy, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to assist her cousin, Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of schools. A fish out of the water, Lucy is appalled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters.

Born in those very hills, Cora knows the twin plagues of illiteracy and poverty. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing school master 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, along with something else she hadn't expected: love.

My reflections:

My favourite types of reads consist of historical fiction with a strong plot as well as character development. Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers abundantly with her new book The Moonlight School.

Woods Fisher illuminates the plight of illiteracy among the rural population of the Kentucky hills, blending past and fiction together creating one of the best reads this year. 

This book reminds me of how literacy or the lack of affects a population so dramatically. I absolutely love to read and have passed that passion down to my children. Homeschooling my kids teaching them to read made this book so much more interesting. 

All of the characters had their own charm. Cora (real historical heroine) was the propeller of the Moonlight school, but she has supporters along the way. Moonlight school was a program where adults could go and learn to read and write on the nights when it was a full moon. It was this way because the moonlight was bright enough to let the townsfolks see in the one-room schoolhouses. It also aided in letting them get back safely on the dense forest trails. 

Lucy Wilson cracks me up, sent to the rural town by her father, Lucy is a duck out of the water as she tries to navigate the primitive environment. She soon finds her well-to-do lifestyle may have brought some preconceived ideas. She learns to love the simple things along with the people she is helping. A certain young Brother Wyatt sparks Lucy's interest, causing her is swoon just a little.

There is also a bit of mystery from two of the other characters but I will let you enjoy the details of that one!

Moonlight school was a delight to read if you are looking to delve into a little history, spiced with a wee mystery this read is definitely for you!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School and the Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, The Deacon's Family, and The Inn at Eagle...

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