Appalachian Christmas Dream is an inspirational novel about the Moonlight School movement in Kentucky in 1913. Young school teacher Junie Corban's dream is to teach the illiterate adults in her county to read and write, but she faces overwhelming odds, including a lack of money. When Junie gets unexpected help from handsome mining engineer Linton Todd, her dream begins to take shape, along with a surprising romance. Junie's father gets injured in a mine collapse, and the only way to save him is to hijack a train. Zavada, the author of four paperback western novels, mixes romance, suspense, and a heartwarming reminder of what matters most at Christmas.