Book Review and Giveaway! — The Moonlight School

11 Feb

About The Book

Book:  The Moonlight School

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: February 2, 2021

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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My Impressions:


With an easy style that fans have grown to love, Suzanne Woods Fisher explores the world of rural Kentucky of the early 1900s. Illiteracy is a curse for the people that inhabit the hills and hollers of Rowan County, but Cora Wilson Stewart is determined to change that as the first woman elected as education superintendent — at a time when women still did not have the right to vote! Fisher takes this remarkable woman’s life and weaves a fictional account of the advent of Moonlight Schools that helped to bring literacy to the state. I loved that Stewart is a central figure, but it is her fictional cousin, Lucy Wilson, who brings the reader into the story. The Moonlight School is full of wonderful characters, young and old, that bring the time and place to life. A long ago mystery haunts Lucy. She is stuck in the past. But her new found vocation opens her eyes to many things. There are life lessons for many of the characters, as well as spiritual truths that resonated with this reader. Sweet romance is in the air in true Woods fashion. Also the mystery is resolved, but in a surprising way. While I believe The Moonlight School is a standalone historical novel, I sure wish I could get a return visit to see how the Moonlight Schools fare and the characters grow. For those who want a little more, there’s a great note on fact and fiction in the novel.

Fisher does it again — humor, romance, and a message of hope awaits readers of The Moonlight School.


Audience: older teens to adults.

(Thanks to NetGalley and Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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 wayahead 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.

6 Responses to “Book Review and Giveaway! — The Moonlight School”

  1. Rita Wray February 11, 2021 at 9:09 am #

    Sounds like a good read.

  2. Mary February 11, 2021 at 10:00 am #

    Can’t wait to read this one!

  3. Patty February 11, 2021 at 10:59 am #

    I always love when true bits of history are woven into stories!

  4. Carla February 11, 2021 at 11:31 am #

    This sounds very good. Being a retired educator, Literacy is near and dear to my heart. Great review.

  5. megan allen February 11, 2021 at 7:35 pm #

    Thank you for this recommendation!

  6. Debbie P February 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm #

    I enjoy historical fiction and this sounds like a very intriguing read.

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