Hi Readers, Happy Friday!
I’m honored to be a part of Celebrate Lit’s Celebration Tour for The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher and I can’t wait to show you this book! So without further ado, I take you to the mountains of Kentucky in the year 1911 — so let’s go!
The Bookish Details
Book: The Moonlight School
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: February 2, 2021
From the Back Cover
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.
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What Did I Think?
I think that Suzanne Woods Fisher hit it out of the park with this one!
I’ve loved all of the books that this author’s previously written and although this book was different than the other ones I’ve read, I really enjoyed it!! The cover is stunning, the storyline is engaging, the characters are relatable and story is written in such a way that you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time once you’ve finished!
I really liked all of the historical details that she included and I especially loved how she wrote and spelled the mountain folks way of talking. Overall, although there’s no suspense or action in the story, I found this book incredibly hard to put down, so I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for anyone and everyone who likes historical fiction.
About the Author
Carol award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, ranging from non-fiction books, to children’s books, to novels. She lives with her very big family in northern California.
More from Suzanne
I’m Suzanne Woods Fisher, the author of The Moonlight School. This historical fiction will release on February 2, 2021, and is based on a true story featuring Cora Wilson Stewart, a Kentucky educator way ahead of her times. In 1911, Cora had a crazy idea—to open rural one-room schoolhouses in her county on moonlit nights to teach illiterate adults how to read and write.
So what happened next? Well, it’s so astonishing that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Instead, I hope you’ll read the book and find out for yourself.
In the meantime, this infographic provides a fascinating look at illiteracy THEN…and NOW. Makes you want to thank your teachers, doesn’t it?
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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Thanks so much for stopping by – Happy Reading!
>> Special thanks to Suzanne Woods Fisher, Celebrate Lit, Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book — all opinions are my own.