When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey – 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 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? 

 This was a book that I totally did not get at all. This was supposed to be a Christian fiction, but it sounded all very dark and depressing from the first page to the last page. Something about this book did not sound like Christian fiction. But then I need to confess that this was my first experience with this genre.

It is also true that I wanted to finish this book to know what is going to happen. I mean there is a church, a community of people, a local priest, but even the faith of the priest seems unconvincing. How he reacted to Leah’s gift was also very unusual.

I am sorry to say that I could not connect with this book at all…

Rating: 2.5/5
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release: June 2013

Note: I received a ebook copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest review.

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