Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wrapped in Rain A Coming Home Novel by Charles Martin

Book Description:  "Tucker, I want to tell you a secret." Miss Ella curled my hand into a fist and showed it to me. "Life is a battle, but you can't fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart."
An internationally famous photographer, Tucker Mason has traveled the world, capturing things other people don't see. But what Tucker himself can't see is how to let go of the past 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 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 own tragic past.
Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tucker can still hear her voice-and her prayers. But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in.
My Review:  Not having read the first book, The Dead Don't Dance,  I wasn't sure how this book would "play out for me."    I was captured by this story, though, from the first page. Getting to know Tucker, Rex, Mutt and Miss Ella Rain.
When I picked this book up to read it, the title is really what drew me in...Wrapped in Rain.  It has a cozy sound like a lazy day by the fireplace with a great tasting cup of hot cocoa and a flannel blanket reading a well written novel.  <Pure Bliss>
As I started reading this story, though, I soon realized that "wrapped in rain" was actually referring to Miss Ella Rain.  
Miss Ella is the only mama that Tucker and Mutt have or will ever know.  A devote christian woman "Miss Ella was kneeling beside her bed. She was like that a lot.  Head bowed and draped in a yellow plastic shower cap, hands folded and resting on top of her Bible." (Prologue; before chapter 1)
This is an incredible read.  Mutt's story made me cry.  I simply couldn't imagine that Rex, the father, is so ugly and uncaring.  
Tucker is strong willed in the sense that he will survive.  He wants to forget his abusive father and his half-brother Mutt's health issues.  
Then there's Katie and her little son, Jase.  
Charles Martin has a way with descriptive words!  This story will draw you into a place where evil resides but where love, grace and faith preside!  
Tucker must make a choice...to hate or not to hate!  
A poignant read with thought provoking insights!
*This ebook was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing/BookSneeze*
Read the first chapter HERE!

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