When Mockingbirds Sing Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of
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Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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By Conny Withay
Published on June 22, 2013

Author: Billy Coffey
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8821-9

Author: Billy Coffey
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8821-9

You said we were f-friends, and you’re the only f-friend I have. The R-rainbow M-man said you’d help me. But you don’t buh-lieve me, d-do you?” stuttering Leah insecurely questions in Bill Coffey’s novel, When Mockingbirds Sing.

This three hundred and twenty-nine page paperback book about young girl and her imaginary friend is targeted for young mature adults and older. With “hell” being used as mild profanity, there are no overtly sexual scenes, graphic violence or perverse language. Written as a Christian coming of age story, the topic of faith, grace and forgiveness is discussed with no distinct plan of eternal salvation. A ten point reading group guide is at the back of the book.

The Norcrosses have rid themselves of the city life of Alway to start life anew in the small, quiet town of Mattingly, where hopefully the past will not find them. Tom, a psychologist with inner struggles of his own, and Ellen, his apologetic wife, protect and shelter their stuttering nine year old daughter, Leah, who is withdrawn, shy and nervously scratches her worn thumbnail.

Being newcomers to the town flittering with mockingbirds, Leah’s parents throw their daughter a birthday party at their large house where Leah not only befriends the ever-talking, out-going, inquisitive Allie, but she encounters the Rainbow Man, an imaginary character and constant companion who foresees the future as he sings music with no beat to the naïve girl.

When the Rainbow Man helps Leah paint a stunning picture for Barney, an old forgotten man with a loveable but ill wife, the town’s people have to draw the line if they believe in the mysterious vision or listen to the skeptical Reverend Reggie’s admonitions to keep away from the strange child. The “spiritual not religious” family is torn between hiding Leah’s unique artistic gift and her stubborn yet faithful admiration of the fictional false prophet while they try to be analytical and objective in supporting their child. With past issues between man and wife, both parents take different routes to try to accept their daughter’s new-found beliefs.

Coffey writes with such emotion and faith in both God and loving one another that the reader is rapidly pulled into the town’s tumultuous atmosphere, feeling he or she is standing right there, next to Leah, as the citizens try to decide if the Still Small Voice of Maybe will witness another miracle done by the Rainbow Man.

This book was furnished by Booksneeze for review purposes.

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