A Fascinating Story With True-to-Life Roots – Guest Review by Hayley

“The Moonlight School” highlights a unique story in history, revolving around a true-to-life advocate of adult literacy, Cora Wilson Stewart.

I must say, I was almost completely unaware of this particular event which took place in the early 1900s.  I also did not know that Cora Wilson Stewart was an actual historical figure.  Thus, I learned a lot from this book!  The Appalachian Mountains, as described in “The Moonlight School” are almost like a world of their very own, filled with their own culture and people who have little outside influence compared to other parts of the U.S..  Previously I have found Appalachian stories fascinating, and this is certainly no different.  

I also love the fictional story that is intertwined with the historical facts.  These few months that we spend with Lucy Wilson weave quite the tale.  With an absolutely shocking beginning, an astounding resolution, and many sweet, endearing moments in between, I think it’s safe to say that this book will not only keep you guessing, but also very entertained as well, especially with the antics of the younger Appalachian generation.

I must say I was surprised by the ending of this story.  Not because something unexpected happened, but because I had anticipated more closure than was given.  As it is, you must use your imagination to fill in the rest of the story for a few of the characters.  

All in all, if you enjoy novels based on a specific historical event, and that even include actual historical figures as some of the characters, then this is absolutely a book that I recommend for you.

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

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