Title: When Mockingbirds Sing
Author: Billy Coffey
Publish Date: June 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Received free copy from the publisher through the Booksneeze book review bloggers program.
What marks the boundary between a miracle from God and the imagination of a child?
Leah is a child from Away, isolated from her peers because of her stutter. But then she begins painting scenes that are epic in scope, brilliant in detail, and suffused with rich, prophetic imagery. When the event foreshadowed in the first painting dramatically comes true, the town of Mattingly takes notice.
Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Some of the townsfolk are enchanted with her. Others fear her. But there is one thing they all agree on—there is no such thing as the Rainbow Man.
Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter . . . or fix his marriage. And the town minister is unraveled by the notion that a mere child with no formal training may be hearing from God more clearly than he does.
While the town bickers over what to do with this strange child, the content of Leah’s paintings grows darker. Still, Leah insists that the Rainbow Man’s heart is pure. But then a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone’s lives in danger. Now the people of Mattingly face a single choice:
Will they cling to what they know . . . or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen?
“Billy Coffey is a minstrel who writes with intense depth of feeling and vibrant rich description.”
—Robert Whitlow, best-selling author of The Choice
Billy Coffey’s “When Mockingbirds Sing” was definitely not what I expected. The brief blurb on the information about the book is what caught my eye right away. I thought it would be a great choice for my first choice on Booksneeze and sounded really exciting.
Well, as I began to start “When Mockingbirds Sing” I was definitely not expecting some of the twists and turns that Coffey included throughout the book. At All. Yet I knew just knew I had to finish the book either way to find out what happens.
Coffey did one awesome job at not giving away any clues as to what was going to happen. He kept you thinking and on your toes. There were the twists and turns throughout his book that kept me wanting more.
I recommend any reader that enjoys southern gothic, coming-of-age, while exploring faith and doubt within a community. While also showing how alienation with friendships this is the book for you.
Billy Coffey’s “When Mockingbirds Sing” receives a 3 out of 5 Stars!