The Bright Unknown JustRead Blog Tour

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The Bright Unknown

Title: The Bright Unknown

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: October 22, 2019

This poignant and heartbreaking novel explores the power of resilience, the gift of friendship, and the divine beauty to be found in the big, bright world—if only we’re willing to look.

Pennsylvania, 1940s. The only life Brighton Friedrich has ever known is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of Riverside Home—the rural asylum where she was born. A nurse, Joann, has educated and raised Brighton, whose mother is a patient at the hospital. But Joann has also kept vital information from Brighton—secrets that if ever revealed would illuminate Brighton’s troubling past and the circumstances that confine her to Riverside. Brighton’s best friend is a boy she calls Angel, and as they grow up together and face the bleak future that awaits them, they determine to make a daring escape.

Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a world they’ve never seen before, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers—some of whom may prove more dangerous than the asylum they’ve fled.

Narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts’s gorgeous style, The Bright Unknown is a sparkling search for answers, family, and a place to call home.

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WOW. This book is … wow. Stunning. Captivating. Beautifully written, full of raw emotion and pain and hope.

Having read Younts’ “The Solace of Water,” I knew “The Bright Unknown” would be special and, frankly, deep. If I had to compare it to anything, it’s like Katie Ganshert’s “No One Ever Asked” meets, well, anything by Jaime Jo Wright, but especially “The Curse of Misty Wayfair.”

“Bright Unknown” is a perfect read in fall and around Halloween, but not before bedtime—between subject matter and the desperation of needing to know what will happen next. By no means a short or quick read, the book delves fully into its characters, and storylines of a world nearly forgotten now. It challenges the reader to see mental illness separately from people suffering with it: “When you meet someone who might struggle with mental illness, see the person behind the frightened eyes. Not just the diagnosis” (eARC loc. 3969).

Truly a stunning read, and one I enjoyed even more than “Solace of Water” (which says something! — see my review of that here). Plenty of twists and turns, with a climax and denouement I did not see coming.

I received a copy of the book from the author via JustRead Publicity Tours. All opinions are my own.


Elizabeth Byler Younts

Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book, Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Solace of Water and the Promise of Sunrise series. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, her two daughters, and a small menagerie of well-loved pets. CONNECT WITH ELIZABETH: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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