All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert

All Things Bright and Strange

In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they’ve found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms.The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality ...

Details All Things Bright and Strange

TitleAll Things Bright and Strange
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural

Reviews All Things Bright and Strange

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
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  • Paul
    James Markert serenaded me with the vernacular of country folk of the Deep South. Post World War 1. Enter the days of prohibition and bootlegging. Words danced off their lips with a Southern Charm that filled me with a longing for the times. The prose flowed across the pages like a gentle stream. It held me mesmerized. I was alive and kickin' in the quiet town of Bellhaven, South Carolina. Kindly pass the bowl of hoppin' John. Mighty glad to be t...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    I highly enjoyed this read! Not only is it based it South Carolina and I am a South Carolinian, it was very mysterious and sinister! I loved the way the characters interacted with each other and the overall characterisation. The only thing I wish was a tad different was it was slow in the beginning. I loved the mixed elements of this story as well. The mystery was highly enjoyable, making this book a suspenseful ride I am glad I didn’t miss out...
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Ellsworth Newberry is the unofficial leader of a small, southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina. But having returned from war disabled, he just wants to hide in his house and forget the world. Then they find a mysterious chapel in the woods and evil 'comes in all forms'.The story was all over the place, choppy and difficult to follow. I couldn't get a grasp on any of the characters. ...
  • Caroline
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalleyThe town of Bellhaven is damaged.Ellsworth, mentally and physically ruined by his experiences fighting on the frontline, is going to take his own life. Along with his ragtag couple of friends, Alvin and Omar, who were also injured during the war, Ellsworth lives a sad existence. Cooped up in his house he used to share with his very beloved wife, Eliza, who died in a fire a few ye...
  • Vikki P
    I received an e-ARC of All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.PLOTWith a stunning plot and a really ethereal feel to the writing, All Things Bright and Strange really aces it in the writing aspect. The first thing that struck me as interesting about the book was that it really made me understand the effect of war on people, as it is set in a time of wars. Don’t get me wr...
  • Rebecca
    4.5"It was as good a day to die as any."Ellsworth Newberry has lost his desire to live; he lost one of his legs in the war, he lost his beautiful wife in a town tragedy before he enlisted, and now he is contemplating losing his soul with the simple click of a trigger. But it wasn't meant to be. Strange things are happening in the small town of Bellhaven, South Carolina and they all revolve around a chapel; a chapel deep within woods rumored to be...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“This town is different. You’ll be welcomed here.”Black and white alike, side by side, dancing together- can it be? Can Bellhaven truly be real? Ellsworth is prepared to die, ravaged by the war, broken by the loss of his wife, why shouldn’t he end things with his Smith & Wesson? Anne Belle Roper won’t let him, it seems, bringing him breakfast and the care he needs. Ellsworth is too youn...
  • Scarlett
    Um, definitely not what I was expecting from this book at all. All Things Bright and Strange feels like it has a thousand characters and about the same number of elaborated back-stories. That is why I feel this book was struggling to reach cohesion and well-rounded message. Is it a mystery? A thriller? A religious, mythical satire? I don't know and I really didn't care in the end. I didn't feel like there was any point to the story and don't get...
  • Chrissie
    An interesting stab at mixing the supernatural with a religious foundation, All Things Bright and Strange is a little uneven but still enjoyable. I do find that the label of 'Christian Fiction' is a little misleading (and based on some reviews on Amazon, I see that other people feel the same way) because that label generally applies to the types of books where someone is grappling with some internal conflict and, through their Christian beliefs, ...
  • Tami
    I was attracted to the premise of James Markert’s new novel and it turned out to be much more than I expected. In fact, it’s a novel of biblical proportions.The main character, Michael Ellsworth Newberry, has just returned home to Bellhaven from WWI, with one less leg and a load of guilt and heartache. He is still grieving the death of his wife and the loss of his lifelong friend, Calvin.Ellsworth is at a crucially low point in his life, when...
  • Grace O'Brien
    Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the beautiful story telling in this historical fiction combined with the supernatural. We meet the citizens of Bellhaven, several of whom have returned to America from world war one with physical and psychological scars and injuries. The seemingly idyllic town has a hidden and troubling mystery lying in the depth of the woods.The characters were quirky and varied, I found myself egging on Ellsworth as the story bu...
  • Louise Marley
    I chose this book because I liked the look of the cover, I thought the title was clever and the story sounded a little bit different.All Things Bright and Strange opens in 1917. Despite the differences in race and religion, the people of Bellhaven have always got along with each other. But then a group of men wearing white robes and carrying flaming torches track a young black boy, Raphael, to the town and set fire to the town hall. Several peopl...
  • Sarah
    All Things Bright and StrangeBy James MarkertPublished by Thomas NelsonE-Book ARC// I received this ARC from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review //All Things Bright and Strange follows the story of Michael Ellsworth Newberry, who goes by Ellsworth, who's life is strange to say the least. He has survived things that no one could imagine and that make no sense. After the death of his wife and the loss of his leg, Ellsworth has lived a grump...
  • Vishaka Rajan
    I went into this novel with absolutely no idea on how I would feel about it. I emerged from it thinking that it was quite an interesting read.I really liked the premise of this book and the way events unfolded in this town. The story is told entirely from Ellsworth's point of view, and he is quite a character. I think the author tries really hard to make him complex, but at times, it was a bit forced. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by Ellsworth an...
  • Chie
    3.5 stars “This town is different, you’ll be welcome here.” Indeed it is different. Bellhaven is a peaceful town considered to be a melting pot – where people of different religions and race live together in harmony. They sing, dance, eat, and play instruments together. Little did they know that a walk in the woods and discovering a mysterious chapel deep in it will change the life of each town folk. Ellsworth Newberry is ready to die. He...
  • Joan
    Review of Advance Reader’s CopyAfter losing a leg in the First World War, Ellsworth Newberry returns to his home in the quiet town of Bellhaven, South Carolina. But he still mourns the loss of his wife in a tragic fire, his wartime experiences have left him shell-shocked, and he’s seriously considering ending his life.However, the town of Bellhaven is changing, and the cardinals have returned.The discovery of a small chapel deep in the woods ...
  • Ashley
    All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert was exactly what the title says, all things bright and strange. When first reading I didn't expect to come to love the residents of Bellhaven as much as I did. There were so many broken characters I was sure I wouldn't get to see each of their journeys. I was sure I was going to be depressed and bogged down with so much detail. That wasn't the case, at all. I loved this book so much. After the first ...
  • Annette Jordan
    A highly original and very engaging tale set in the aftermath of the first world war. Bellhaven is a small Southern town, but unlike so many others it seems to be a place of tolerance and empathy, however the woods which surround it may not be so benign, For years the townsfolk have been wary, and do not venture too far into these woods and stories of strange voices abound, but now something is changing, and its up to returned soldier Michael Ell...
  • Lael Braday
    All Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertMichael Ellsworth Newberry’s life has been miraculously spared multiple times throughout his life. In his hometown of Bellhaven, South Carolina, he is the unofficial leader of the unusually diverse, small town, Southern community. He has lost his wife to the town hall fire after her rescue of a young black child sought by Klansman, who set the fire. He has lost his leg to World War I, where he also ...
  • Carly
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I'm a huge fan of any fantastical stuff related to forests, so the premise of this book sounded awesome to me. Unfortunately, I found the execution to be fairly disappointing. My biggest issue with this book was the treatment of Ellsworth, the main character. I found him to be very unsympathetic throughout the entire book, yet the narrative continually tried to frame h...
  • Kim
    Bellhaven is a small town with more religious denominations than most cities contain. But why are all the religious leaders fighting and why are Reverend Cane, Father Timothy, Rabbi Blumenthal, Reverend Beaver, Reverend Moses Yarney, Reverend Hofhamm, and Brother Bannerman all sneaking into that chapel in the woods? Who is America Ma and why are all the people in town going to that chapel in the woods on a daily basis?This is a story blending fai...
  • Sam
    Oh how I loved this book! It gripped me right from the beginning, even though typically supernatural stories aren't my jam. It did take a bit of a menacing turn about three quarters through but that didn't ruin the charm, if anything, I couldn't wait to read the resolution and what was to become of the town, which was always so accepting no matter the race or religion until suddenly, it wasn't. The story is told from the point of view of Ellswort...
  • Lenoire
    A small Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina there is a trouble brewing in the mysterious chapel hidden deep in the woods. The town inhabitants are drawn to the chapel and its beautiful surroundings. However, they soon realize that can be evil among even the most beautiful things.The town start turn against each other and pick sides. They depend on their town hero, Ellsworth Newberry for guidance as he always survives even the toughest situ...
  • Michelle
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.Following WW1 Ellsworth Newberry has returned home to the town of Bellhaven, South Carolina a broken man, both physically and mentally. He spends all day at home drinking himself into oblivion, haunted by the war and the death of his beloved wife three years earlier. Each day his gun is looking more and more tempting. One morning Ellsworth decides today is the day he will take his own life but then, ju...
  • Mark
    I like to try out new authors, and this was a new one to me. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after reading it I would say it is similar to Frank Peretti's earlier books, yet different in many ways. I liked the plot, characters, and writing style. I found the book to be a little slow at first, but then it picked up and I had no trouble getting into it and enjoying the read. Writing about supernatural issues can be iffy, but I thought the author ...
  • Bethany Ricci
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 55%, I tried, I really, really tried...There were enough random moments of pull/excitement that I tried to plow through the slower parts but at half of the way through I was still struggling. It started off very slow and even though I left it and tried to pick it back up several times I came to terms that this book was simply just not for me. I did appreciate the writing and the ...
  • Jenny Waterman
    I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my review. There were so many angles this story could have taken... sadly I ended up being dissatisfied with how things ended up. A depressed suicidal war veteran... a clash of cultures, values and the religious purpose of life intersect with a storyline based on the power of Good and Evil. But in the end I did not feel the supernatural turn in the characters was necessary. The writing became disjoin...
  • Merryl Todd
    At the outset I had a feeling of déjà vu – that I read something similar a long time ago. This similarity I thought, was to Stephen King’s Needful Things, but when I refreshed my memory of King’s book I realised the only real similarity was the house (and evil presence) on the top of the hill overlooking a township.All Things Bright and Strange is more mystical than horror although like many of King’s books it is based around a struggle...