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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 stand-alone novel from best-selling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last moment of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.

©2021 Suzanne Woods Fisher (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Southern accent laid on too thick

This story is very interesting and enjoyable, but the narrator's voices for the men is too slow and too thick southern-ease, in my opinion. I'm southern, and I've heard southern spoken in several southern states, but the men only use this kind of thick accents in antebellum Charleston or Virginia. The women's voices are better.

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I was invested in this story but a lot of other nonsense happens before the book really focuses on Lucy and Cora starting up the adult moonlight schools. like, it's only about the last 3 chapters that the real story takes place. Sure, the character development is great and I liked the other parts of the story, I was just confused and curious about the blurb cuz the things happening weren't really matching up. Then the last few chapters happened, and they happened quick, and then I was just left sort of dazed.. if that makes sense? idk.. not quite 4 stars but better than 3 is my final rating

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Fantastic historical novel!

I love reading Suzanne's stories. Engaging from the first page. Meaningful and full of grace.