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Wrapped in Rain Paperback – April 11, 2006
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Tucker Mason never received affection from his wealthy, abusive father. He does have a few happy memories of his childhood. Time spent with his half-brother Mutt and his childhood girlfriend Katie. And, of course, Miss Ella, the housekeeper who was like a mother to him and the only secure source of love Tucker ever knew.
Now Tucker is a world famous photographer and has done his best to leave his difficult, painful childhood behind him. But when Katie comes back into Tucker's life with her little boy, Jase, and Mutt escapes from the mental hospital where he has lived because of his schizophrenia, Tucker comes to realize that maybe there are some memories that can't, and shouldn't be, left behind. Through the ever-present voice of Miss Ella, Tucker realizes he has a choice. He can continue to let his hatred--the sins of his father--control his life and the decisions he makes; or he can lay it down and choose the harder path of love and forgiveness instead.
I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book narrated by Tom Stechschulte and it was riveting. Very highly recommended.
Charles Martin tackles deep questions like these in his sophomore stand-alone novel, WRAPPED IN RAIN. As he did in his debut novel, THE DEAD DON'T DANCE, Martin masterfully blends lovely prose, interesting characters, well-integrated faith themes, and a moving plot to create a powerful story that will long linger in the mind of the reader after the last page is turned.
In rural Alabama, two abused boys find their only comfort and hope in the 45-year-old childless widow Miss Ella Rain, the only daughter of the son of an Alabama slave. She stands as a solid force between them and their evil, alcoholic, and wealthy father Rex. Beaten bloody by her boss and paid only minimum wage, she sacrifices her own aspirations and dreams to ensure that both Tucker and his half-brother, Matthew ("Mutt"), know they are loved --- by her and by God.
Despite her best efforts, the boys' relationship with their father leaves terrible scars. Long after Miss Ella has died and Tucker has found fame as an international photographer, his bitterness toward his father makes it nearly impossible for him to lay the ghosts of the past to rest.
Thirty-three-year-old Mutt is now a schizophrenic, obsessive-compulsive paralyzed with fear at the thought of contact with germs, and committed by Tucker into a mental health facility, Spiraling Oaks. Mutt tries to scrub out his past failings by scouring everything around him clean with bleach and Windex --- cars, water towers, houses, his room at Spiraling Oaks. Kudos goes to Martin for his handling of the damaged character of Mutt, who evokes disgust, fear, sympathy, and finally deep compassion.Read more ›
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This is a book about abuse and the consequences that come with it. I loved the characters and the way they pulled me in. Great read!!Published 1 day ago by Corky
What a wonderful book. I love the fact that he is such an unapologetic Christian. The beauty of our faith shines through the rhythms of this story as easy and natural as breathing... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Janli Stapelberg
LOVE Charles Martin's books and this is one of my faves. Very real and horrific family situations that are heart-breaking yet the book is redemptive.Published 2 days ago by Felicia Swinford
This book is incredible! Reading it was a deeply satisfying experience. Of course , my favorite character was Mama Ella,but I really love them all. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Janice Calkin
You can't go wrong with a Charles Martin book. Realistic characters with real issues that you can root for. I did not want this book to end. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nancy
One of Charles Martin's earlier works which I read when it first came out. A well written and very interesting book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Carolina Consumer
Wrapped in Rain has joined the very few, very special books that I will treasure always. I feel as if I have traveled Tucker 's path with him, experiencing all of the heartache,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nancy Rymer