When Mockingbirds Sing
A great read
QUICK HIT Ã¢ÂÂ A suspenseful work that exposes the norms of small town Christianity. Can you believe in the Maybe?
After an unfortunate incident that almost cost Tom Norcross his therapist license, he moves his family away from the city out to the country life of Mattingly. Soon after their arrival, his daughter Leah begins to have conversations with a supposed imaginary friend she calls The Rainbow Man. After receiving an easel for her birthday from Barney Moore, Leah paints him a picture that she says was sung to her by the Rainbow Man. Her parents have never seen her paint like this before and wonder how it came to be. Barney and his wife Mabel, who never recovered from a stroke, accept the painting and he sees some strange numbers that he uses to fall into a large fortune, which causes quite a stir around town.
The local preacher, Reggie Groggins, is stricken that his flock could be led so wayward by a little girlÃ¢ÂÂs painting. As Leah keeps painting, the town looks to see if this painting is significant as well. Reverend Groggins rouses the head Deacon and the Mayor to find a way to put an end to the painting. After the expected result of the second painting fails, the town turns against the Norcross family. LeahÃ¢ÂÂs paintings begin to turn darker and the town tries to force them out, regardless of LeahÃ¢ÂÂs warning of an impending disaster to the town and its residents. In the end, is the Rainbow Man imaginary or is he something more spiritual?
I began this book with mixed expectations of what it would hold for me. It took a little bit to set up, but then it flew by. Coffey has brought a story that looks into everyday aspects of Christianity that we face every day, whether you are the unbelieving father, the struggling preacher, or the grief stricken husband questioning GodsÃ¢ÂÂ motives. All of the characters came to life in a great way that made me feel like I was in the crowd as events were happening.
The story is a push and pull struggle of several main characters that are all interwoven together. The suspense of the story drew me in relatively quickly and I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to put it down once I was pulled in. The end of the book was left open for a possible future story that I will be looking forward to reading. This was the first book I have read by Billy Coffey, but it will not be the last.
March 29, 2014
Leah Norcross is the nine year old daughter of the town psychologist in the small town of Mattingly. Seemingly inhibited by a stutter, she lives in a world all her own. Drawing pictures that are breathtaking in detail, and talking to an invisible man she calls the "Rainbow Man", she is not exactly the most popular kid in town. While some of the townspeople seem amused by Tom and Ellen's daughter, others are leery of someone so unlike themselves.
Barney and Mabel Moore are part of the accepting group. Explaining that the small town does not easily accept strangers from Away, Barney tries to smooth things over for everyone. When he wins the lottery from numbers that Leah painted, the lines are drawn. The minister refuses to believe a child can hear from God even more clearly than he can. Leah father, Tom, is equally as confused, but sticks with his daughter, even though he cannot understand what is happening to her. Can he save his daughter from the clutches of her own mind? Or is there really more to this Rainbow Man than he is willing to admit?
This is definitely an ambitious novel. But more than that, it hit the mark. I was expecting a quaint little town with a quaint, backwoods feel to the story. I got so much more than a nice story with a feel-good ending. Coffey takes you on an adventure that leaves you pondering the tale even when you're not reading it. He sometimes raises more questions than he answers, and then in a breathtaking, effortless sweep brings you to understanding without even trying. It is very different than what I've ever read, but it was worth every word. If you don't read a lot, make the time for this novel. You won't regret the remarkable journey.
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
December 21, 2013
This is on my Top 10 List
Billy Coffey is a maestro who has conducted a symphony in when mockingbirds sing. With the melody of the central theme, each character's story weaves in and out, some in harmony and others in a minor discord. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It's a 5-star read that has gone not only on my Top 10 for 2013 list but my Top 10 of All Time as well.
October 12, 2013
when mockingbirds review
"When Mockingbirds Sing" by Billy Coffey is a fantasy novel about a stuttering, shy girl, Leah and her strange parents who move to a small town that seems keep its population the same always with few new comers. Leah's parents have a huge birthday party for her and the Rainbow man comes to befriend Leah and give her knowledge.
This whole book is kinda weird. It has great reviews and I am not sure why. The whole thing seems like the author's a weak attempt to be deep. There is little introduction so the reader spends the first part of the novel wondering what's going on. With the exception of Allie, none of the characters are particuarly likable. I didn't like this one, however, many people do. Give it a shot. I received this book for free from www.booksneeze.com.
August 3, 2013