The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younce

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Bright UnknownTitle: The Bright Unknown

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: October 22, 2019

My Rating: 5-Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

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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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! Another interesting book by Elizabeth Byler Younts. Brighton Friedrich was born in Riverside Home, an asylum for the mentally ill because her mom was there at the time. She made many friends there, after all she was there until she was an adult. One was Angel, an albino that wasn’t mentally ill, but his wealthy family didn’t want him. I’ve always heard that asylums in the early to mid 1900’s treated their patients horrible, and that’s what happens in this book. But for one nurse that grew to love Brighton.

The title of this book didn’t prepare me for what was coming between the pages. This was definitely not an easy book to read. Sometimes it was hard to keep reading, yet I did, because I wanted to find out how the story ended. Ms. Younts goes into so much detail about the treatment of the patients, which really angered me, they used anything to control them. I’m glad much more has been found out about mentally ill patients today and there is help.

The characters in this story grew on me. I fell in love with Brighton and Angel, and ‘Nursey’ as Brighten called her, was the only reason they survived. I did have a difficult time with how the nurse treated Brighten at one time though. And the escape from the home could have been handled differently but maybe during that era in time it was the only way.

Over all, this is a fantastic read. A very different read, for sure. This is why I wanted to review this book, because I know it would be unique. So I encourage you to check out The Bright Unknown if this is an issue that interest you.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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