Saturday, June 22, 2013
When Mockingbirds Sing
By Billy Coffey
Published by Thomas Nelson
This is the first book by Billy Coffey, and I am very happy to have picked this one to read.
This is a great book. It draws you in from the beginning. It tells of young Leah who is very withdrawn. It has a chapter countdown to the town carnival which tells you the main event will happen there. Leah paints these awesome paintings that she says are songs from the Rainbow Man, who is someone only she can see. He is Magic. There are some sad parts to it but overall an awesome book written beautifully.
I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading fiction novels.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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?