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The Moonlight School #ourgoodlifebooklist

 Bestselling (and favorite) author Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an inspirational story that was based on the true events of the Moonlight Schools.

From Amazon: 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 a 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.

Real life woman Cora Wilson Stewart believed that education was the way out of poverty.  Her goal was to wipe out illiteracy among the Appalachian people, where she herself grew up.  Cora creates a plan called the Moonlight Schools, taught by teachers in the district where Cora was superintendent.  History proves that the plan was successful. 

So many quotes warmed this retired teacher's heart!  Here are a few of my favorites:

A mistake is a lesson, not a loss.
The only way to lift people is to teach them to lift themselves.
Literacy is the means to many good ends. 
Hope can be found in the darkest of forests.

The beautiful descriptions of the hills, the lavish and deep characters, the mystery of the missing sister, all had me wanting more, and to see it developed as a Netfix movie!  Educational and inspirational, the author weaves a romance, a mystery and historical fiction into a beautifully crafted novel.  So far it is my favorite read of 2021.  I highly recommend this book.

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