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Billy Coffey has done it! Sometimes when you hear the terms “religious fiction” and “gothic” there is a sense of forewarning that might make you hesitate about whether you should chance a reading. Thankfully, Billy Coffey has truly done it and delivered a very entertaining, engaging and enticing read.

Ever have a childhood imaginary friend? If you have and enjoyed other imaginary friend novels such as Sundays at Tiffany’s (Patterson), you will be able to identify with charming lead character, Leah. Without giving away too much, Leah and her family move to a small knit town where she believes “The Rainbow Man” has instructed her what to paint. Naturally this is met with concern by the town people.

There are no huge plot turning moments to cause oos and awwws. What there are are real characters – not your typical “religious fiction” one-dimensional stick figures who are either too good or too bad. The writing is strong and eloquent. Also you can close this book with a sigh of fulfillment and pleasure! In fact, I believe this might make a good film — we will see what happens.

If you are skeptical about the religious topics, you can rest assured too that there are several other strong themes such as: outsiders, fate, mercy, judgement, shame and guilt.

Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc. 

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Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes but all opinions are my own.