When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

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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

 

About Billy Coffey

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Billy Coffey's critically acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit him at www.billycoffey.com.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Thomas Nelson. 333 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tom and Ellen Norcross move to the fictional town of Mattingly, Va., for a fresh start after a slip of the tongue threatens their marriage and Tom’s psychology practice. A stutter ostracizes their onl

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Tom and Ellen Norcross move to the fictional town of Mattingly, Va., for a fresh start after a slip of the tongue threatens their marriage and Tom’s psychology practice. A stutter ostracizes their onl

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I am a writer, artist, and homeschooling mom.

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Tom Norcross is having trouble with his marriage and his psychiatry practice so he moves his wife and their daughter, Leah, to Mattingly, VA. Because of her stutter, Leah is a social pariah until a young girl named Allie befriends her. But their f

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of When Mockingbirds Sing

Tom Norcross is having trouble with his marriage and his psychiatry practice so he moves his wife and their daughter, Leah, to Mattingly, VA. Because of her stutter, Leah is a social pariah until a young girl named Allie befriends her. But their f

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