Friday, January 3, 2020

First Line Fridays: The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today I'm sharing the first lines from The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts:

"I'm not sure whom I should thank--or blame--for the chance to become an old woman."

What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!


About the Book:


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.


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

13 comments:

  1. I received this book as a Christmas gift and I think it looks really good!

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    1. I actually haven't had the chance to read it yet. It's buried in my tbr pile! I agree though, it looks really good!

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  2. I have been wanting to read this author.

    My first line is from The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear:
    September 20, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga, Northern Georgia
    Not for the first time, Joshua Wheeler wondered if he’d descended into hell.

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    1. I read that book not too long ago! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Paula! :)

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  3. The Bright Unknown made my favorites list for the year! <3

    Today I shared the first line from End Game by Rachel Dylan but I'm currently reading Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar so I'll share the first line from my current chapter (22) here: "Like a loose thread in an unfinished weaving, Priscilla's well-ordered world unraveled by virtue of one capricious judgment." I'm absolutely LOVING it so far! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of quality reading time! :)

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    1. I'm hoping to read Daughter of Rome with my book club in a few months. It looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Because of Him" by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    "Kieran Sutherland only just managed to keep from lifting his arm and elbowing the detective seated beside him in the face."

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    1. Oh my, that's intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I loved this book SO much!!!

    Happy Friday! 😊

    On my blog I'm sharing the first line from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/01/03/first-line-friday-117/. Currently I'm reading An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz. It's AMAZING!!!

    "The field of winter wheat was sun-drenched and silent, the heated August air already blackened by buzzards."

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. πŸ™‚❤πŸ“–

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    1. I'm so looking forward to reading both An Uncommon Woman and The Bright Unknown. My tbr is thick right now! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm sharing from The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock today. Here is the second line:

    Rounding the corner, she slowed her velocipede and overheard two women gasp at her lack of chapeau and corset.

    Happy Friday!

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