It’s been raining on and off for several days now and when a body goes outside the moisture in the earth and in the air can leave one feeling soggy from the inside-out. And while the afternoon running and the evening walking are all out of sorts, there is one thing this kind of weather is especially good for: reading.
For the last couple nights I’ve been hunkered down on the couch with Billy Coffey’s new novel When Mockingbirds Sing. As the rain has made music on the roof above, I’ve been lost in the little town of Mattingly—getting to know a handful of characters so well, they feel a little bit like kin.
First, there’s nine-year-old Leah Norcross, a shy child with a stutter who does not make friends easily. Leah has just moved to Mattingly with her mother and father. The family is looking for a new beginning after some mysterious trouble caused a wedge between Dr. Norcross (a psychologist) and his wife, Ellen. Leah causes a stir in the town when she demonstrates a gift for painting arresting scenes. She attributes her sudden talent for painting to a mysterious character she calls the Rainbow Man—but no one can see the Rainbow Man but Leah.
When Leah’s first painting speaks a message to its recipient that yields an astounding outcome, the town is thrown into a tizzy. Some folks think the Rainbow Man is from God, while others see Leah’s gift of prophecy as evil. Among the latter camp is the Reverend Goggins who wages a campaign to discredit Leah.
Add into this mix Allie Granderson—Leah’s new best friend who is determined to lead her (Leah) to Jesus, Barney and Mabel Moore—a kindhearted elderly couple who get tangled up in Leah’s prophecies, and a cast of locals as colorful as a rainbow themselves…you have a page-turner. Add to that a bit of suspense and some mystery and you have a page-turner that kept this reader up until midnight turning pages.
Billy Coffey is a masterful storyteller and his character development draws one into the web of his story. When Mockingbirds Sing will stretch the heart and open the mind to the bigness of God. It tells the tale of how truth is not always black and white and reveals the dark side of conflicts that arise over issues of faith. It’s a story about Mystery, about obedience, and about believing through the hard stuff.
I’m so pleased that Thomas Nelson has donated five copies of When Mockingbirds Sing to be given away right here at The Wellspring! To be entered to win, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of bird is (or just leave a comment 🙂). For extra entries, mention this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ and come back here and let me know you did so. I’ll announce the five winners on Monday’s post. Good luck!