November 3, 2019

Blog Tour - The Bright Unknown

The Bright Unknown JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


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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This book is so-o-o different than what I normally read, but I really enjoy peering outside my favored genres every once in a while. Reading this has been quite an experience.

The Bright Unknown brings me back to the reading choices of my younger years, making me somewhat reminiscent of a V.C. Andrews book I read in high school, titled Flowers in the Attic. The story isn’t the same, but has a similar feel…similar atmosphere, but rather than the young folks being imprisoned in a crazy grandmother’s attic, they’re kept in a home for the insane.

Brighton is such an interesting character and I sympathized and empathized with her, deeply. Her love and dedication to her mother and her friend, Angel, is profound and she shows such inner strength.

I like the dual-time storytelling, told from the 1940s and 1990s, giving their own unique eras and lifestyles. Angel is such an integral part of this story, as is Grace, Joann, Kelly, and others. But perhaps the fiercest character was The Riverside Home for the Insane. Wow. I could picture the dreary grounds, and the horrific sounds, smells, and pains behind it’s dark walls. These visuals are strong and powerful.

This is such a memorable story about the search for truth, light, family, healing, and forgiveness. I’m sure it’ll stay with me for some time…


First Line: I’m not sure whom I should thank—or blame—for the chance to become an old woman.
Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of Just Read Publicity Tours. Opinions expressed are completely 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.  

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