When I signed up to receive a free copy of "When Mockingbirds Sing" by Billy Coffey from Booksneeze's blogger program, I figured by the short description that it would be a unique book. And it was, in many respects!
Little Leah is a somewhat isolated girl. Due to her prominent stutter, her peers make fun of her. Then, Leah and her parents move to a country home in the small town of Mattingly, far away from the city, where her father still works as a psychologist and struggles with his own inner "demons." Leah's parents are trying to make their way in a floundering marriage. But in this new town Leah meets new people, and some of the new people take a shine to Leah. Some of them do not. It soon becomes apparent that Leah has a gift, or a talent, when it comes to painting. A gift that had not shown itself so strikingly until her family moved to Mattingly, and a gift that will cause more than a stir in the previously stereotypically quiet small town. The revealing of her gift coincides with some strange happenings around the town, as well, causing folks to take strongly to one side or the other in the debate surrounding Leah, her family, and the paintings.
What will the people of Mattingly, or for that matter, Leah's parents finally decide about Leah and her paintings? What will they decide to believe about the Rainbow Man she insists sings songs to her that somehow direct what she paints? You will want to finish this novel in order to find out!
I give this novel 4/5 stars. I liked it for the most part, although in some respects it was dissimilar to some books I'd typically choose to read. However, I wanted to read it for that reason!
Thank you to Booksneeze for the review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.