The history behind this Christian historical romance is that in 1911 Cora Wilson Stewart (1875-1958), the daughter of a Rowan County, Kentucky, doctor and teacher, became school superintendent there. She opened what she called Moonlight Schools. On moonlight nights, country schools were open so that adults could receive literacy training. The first night over 1200 people, aged 18 to 80 appeared. The protagonist of this novel is a cousin of Cora Wilson Stewart, who had grown up in Kentucky’s Bluegrass and was unfamiliar with mountain life until she arrived to be Cora’s stenographer. "A captivating story with rich history and engaging characters who pull at your heartstrings. If you like fascinating history mixed with great storytelling the way I do, you'll love The Moonlight Schools."--Ann H. Gabhart. "An unforgettable story about love and the transforming power of words and community. Deeply moving and uplifting!"--Laura Frantz. The author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, has published over 30 books, mostly novels, but also non-fiction books about the Amish. She lives in California.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Revell/ Baker Publishing Group, 2021. 320 page. Trade paperback.