An internationally famous photographer, Tucker Mason has traveled the world, capturing things other people don’t see. But what Tucker can’t see is how to let go of his traumatic childhood and forgive his father.
On a sprawling Southern estate, Tucker and his younger brother, Mutt, were raised by their housekeeper, Miss Ella Rain, who loved the motherless boys like her own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and the boys was the only good thing their abusive and alcoholic father ever did.
When his brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old girlfriend appears with her son and a black eye, Tucker is forced to return home and face the agony of his tragic past.
Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tucker can still hear her voice—and her prayers. "Life is a battle, but you can’t fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart." But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in.
Wrapped in Rain follows Tucker’s journey from brokenness to healing through the everlasting power of love.
Praise for Wrapped in Rain:
"Charles Martin is changing the face of inspirational fiction one book at a time. Wrapped in Rain is a sentimental tale that is not to be missed." —Michael Morris, author of A Place Called Wiregrass and Live Like You Were Dying
"This is the story of a real person’s real struggle with the uncertainties of faith, unadorned with miracles of the deus ex machina sort but full of the sort of miracles that attend everyday life if you bother to notice. Charles Martin notices, and for that I commend him. He’s unafraid of tackling the crucial questions—life, death, love, sacrifice." —Duncan Murrell, editor and writer
Includes discussion questions for book clubsA fifteenth anniversary note from the authorA bonus excerpt from Martin’s novel The Water Keeper
In his second novel, Martin (The Dead Don't Dance) introduces Tucker Mason, the motherless son of a wealthy, abusive alcoholic in a small Alabama town. While Dad spends most of his time in an Atlanta high-rise, Tucker grows up in an enormous manse complete with a "chandelier made from elk horns" tutored by an African-American widow in common courtesy, love and the gospel. After a few years, an illegitimate son turns up at the Mason compound, Tucker's half-brother, Mutt. Although Tucker eventually overcomes his gothic childhood and becomes an acclaimed international photographer, he can't escape the home place. The story picks up with Tucker's adulthood, when he makes peace with several individuals from his past, including the schizophrenic Mutt and an ex-girlfriend who's on the run from a nasty husband. This group of Southern grotesques manages to make Christmas together and, readers sense, forge a kind of family. Martin spins an engaging story about healing and the triumph of love. The novel is filled with delightful local color at Clark's Fish Camp, you can order shrimp or catfish, and you can have them fried or fried. While the evil characters are too caricaturish and one-dimensional, and the prose is clean but hardly luminous, this is a welcome cut above run-of-the-mill inspirational fiction. Correction: The market forecast for The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig (Forecasts, Jan. 24), was incorrectly based on an early version of the jacket art.
This is a beautiful, tender story on so many levels. Gets to the heart of what truly matters in life.
Wrapped in Rain
A terrific faith-filled story. I worked in an adult psychiatric inpatient hospital unit in the 1970's so the recounting of Mutt's medication and treatment was pretty much what I saw happen. The Biblical wisdom and love of Miss Ella was inspiring. A realistic story of horrendous atrocity against the boys and what the love and wisdom of Miss Ella could do to help them survive and later thrive. A wonderful story of resilience and faith.
Wrapped in Rain
I spent all day, comfy and snug, reading this entire book. It wrapped me in warmth and love. I truly loved this book.