The Moonlight School Book Review

The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an historical fiction novel inspired by true events in the life of Cora Wilson Stewart in 1911 Rowan County, Eastern Kentucky. Set against a landscape devastated by lumber companies, and faced with poverty and illiteracy, we meet Lucy Wilson, her cousin Cora, Brother Wyatt, and a cast of endearing mountain folk. I especially liked young Finley James.

The story takes us along with Lucy as she leaves her father and stepmother in Lexington, to help Cora combat poverty by eliminating illiteracy. What Lucy doesn’t leave behind, though, are memories of the day her young sister disappeared. As Lucy interacts with the people of Rowan County, she comes to understand, just because a person does not have money, that does not mean they are poor.

If you enjoy Appalachian historical fiction with heart, such as books written by Ann H. Gabhart, then The Moonlight School may just be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Minding the Light Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher, the second book of her Nantucket Legacy series, is an historical novel set in 19th Century Nantucket Island, filled with characters to love and characters to despise. Within its pages you’ll find deception, treachery, hypocrisy, lies, and love as the story of Quaker Daphne Coffin and her brother-in-law, Captain Ren Macy is told.

One month after eloping with Daphne’s sister, Jane, Ren heads to sea in his whaling ship and is gone for six years. When he returns, his wife meets him on the dock with their six-year-old twins he knew nothing about. Then she collapses under questionable circumstances.

Woven throughout Minding the Light the author paints a picture of the people, faith, and town of Nantucket. She shows us their prejudice and hypocrisy along with their faithfulness and love.

Although this is the second in the series, and I never read the first book, I had no trouble figuring out who was who or what was going on.

The author includes both a Cast of Characters and Glossary page, and adds necessary information to eliminate confusion.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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Sandy

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Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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