1. The Bright Unknown
    Elizabeth Blyer Younts
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. JH
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will Stay With You
    March 24, 2020
    JH
    The cover of this book drew me right away and than the back of the book told me I would need to read this. I wasn't prepared for the ride this book took me on.

    Brighton was born into an insane asylum. She knows no other life. The story captures her life and shows us the inside workings of 1920's asylums. How people can do some of those things to others has always been beyond my imagination. Brighton drew me in and I wanted nothing more to hug her, rescue her and take her home. She was broken but never destroyed. It is so sad that people who didn't speak English, had anxiety or postpartum depression were sent to these places. They were not given care. This has always been something I have never understood.

    Angel was left on the steps of the asylum because of the color of his skin. People assumed so much just because of the way he looked. I loved the friendship between Angel and Brighton. I could go on and on about these two. They cared for each other and in all honesty kept each other for going insane.

    Though this book was difficult to read at times I couldn't put it down and I will always carry a piece of it in my heart forever. This is a book that will draw you in and won't let you go. When it is over you actually will be sad because you are so attached to the characters in this book.

    If I could give 10 stars I would because it was simply incredible. I highly recommend everyone to read it.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  2. Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gripping
    March 22, 2020
    Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A heartbreakingly poignant story of friendship, resilience, survival, courage and hope.

    Brighton Friedrich has never known a life beyond the walls of the Riverside Home, an asylum for the insane and unwanted. She was born there, where her mother is a patient. She makes friends among the patients, bonding with a beautiful boy affected by albinism, whom she names Angel, and a girl abandoned by her parents named Grace.

    She and her friends makes plans to escape the asylum, for a chance at life on the outside. But are she and Angel ready to face the challenges and dangers of a world they have never experienced?

    Told through the eyes of Brighton, rolling forward and back in time through the years as she remembers the painful years in the asylum as well as the friends, betrayals and struggle for survival. Beautifully written this book took me captive, as I sympathized with Brighton's horrible plight, clinging to piece after piece of shattered hope.

    Secrets are revealed as the time rolls forward and back, yet there are many surprises and twists along the way. I love how the author was able to write such complex and developed characters, no one was all good or all bad, and I loved the challenge of accepting each of them as they were.

    Overall, a poignant and heartbreaking read that at times was hard to continue, yet the gimmers of hope kept me holding on along with Brighton. Filled with hope, in even the most stark of places, this is a heartfelt read that you won't soon forget, well worth the read!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Between the Feral and the Tame
    November 11, 2019
    Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "But I am ready to find those buried souls and love them and remind anyone who will listen that the invisible still exist."

    Every once in a while, an author comes along who transforms the genre with work that is exquisitely written and original. This is one of the most exciting moments for book reviewers, finding a diamond among the other gems. There are few Christian books that I choose to review that I end up truly not liking, but even so, certain ones sincerely rise above the rest. Elizabeth Younts' "The Bright Unknown" definitely makes this exceptional list.

    From the moment I began reading, I found myself mesmerized. Drawn into the life of the protagonist, Brighton, I was immediately absorbed and became more emotionally engaged with each page. Younts adeptly employs a dual timeline, recounting Brighton's early life in the Riverside asylum in the early 1940s interspersed with scenes from her life at age 67. At first, the narrative projects a whimsical aura during Brighton's adolescence, but the veil is removed early on, and the rest of the story exudes a sobering darkness. The author does not flinch away from the realities of twentieth-century mental asylums, yet relates them in a clean manner, demonstrating that unpleasant and even horrific happenings can be told without profanity or graphic detail. If there is one element that I would like to see changed, it would be to increase the faith aspect, which is subtle.

    "The Bright Unknown" is haunting and will linger long after turning the final page, but not necessarily for the reasons that you might think. What makes this book shine is how thought-provoking it is. Instead of being outright terror-ridden like most asylum-based novels, this one lies more on the level of trauma. The trauma of losing one's identity and the trauma of not knowing one's identity in the first place. This story is rife with symbolism and layers of complexity. And I love that! The restraints are not always physical, but sometimes emotional as well. The characters' psychological profiles drive the plot in more ways than one, entangling and interweaving them. Brighton's situation is so unique and raises many questions regarding how we think about and relate to others, and what motivates us. I can't say much without giving away plot points, but suffice it to say that "The Bright Unknown" resonates on a deep level because it speaks to our collective need to be known and loved. And the good news is that we are and always have been by the One who created us and who calls us into a relationship with Him, regardless of our circumstances.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
  4. Mel A
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart-wrenching Yet Hope Filled
    January 1, 2020
    Mel A
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heart-wrenching. That is the best way I can think to describe this incredible tale. I am so glad that I decided to read this story. It's plot line is so engrossed in the asylum world, you'll feel you're watching it take place. Brighton and Angel are such fantastic lead characters, their stories will drag you into their reality. This haunting story will open your eyes to the harshness of insane asylum's of the past, but also fill you with the joy that there is hope even in the darkest of situations!

    I received of complimentary copy of this story through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Maryannb
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must read
    November 15, 2019
    Maryannb
    Two young friends embark upon an epic journey across 1940s middle America in search of answers, a family, and a place to call home.

    The only kind of life Brighton Turner understands is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of a rural Pennsylvania asylum. A nurse has thoughtfully educated and raised Brighton, but she has also kept vital information from her in order to keep her close. Brighton befriends a boy whom she calls Angelhe doesn't know his nameand as the two of them learn more about what lies beyond the walls they call home, they fight for their release and eventually escape.

    However, the world outside the only place they've ever known is not what they expect. They have no real names, no money, and no helpand they must rely upon the kindness of strangers as they walk and hitchhike from Pennsylvania to Michigan to find their last hope of a home.

    This heartbreaking journey, narrated in gorgeous prose, explores what it means to belongand to scour the universe with fresh eyes for the brightness within.

    My Thoughts: This is an intriguing book. From the very first word, the author gains the readers' attention until the end of the book. The plot is unique as well. The characters are well developed and gain the reader's heart early in the storyline. This is a compelling story of a girl growing up in an asylum and the trials that she had to endure.

    The author has done an exceptional job of showing the reader what it was like inside an asylum in the 1930s. I don't want to say too much and spoil the novel, but as I read my heart was with Brighton and hoped she would get out of the asylum. I can not imagine anyone growing up in a place like that. This is a powerful novel that keeps the reader entertained to the very end. If you love a book with some suspense, with some twists and turns in the plot, mixed with some true love; then this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Byler Younts.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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