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Wrapped in Rain

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,317 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
"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 an
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published March 1st 2005)
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Jessica (bitsy 55)
Wrapped in Rain follows the story of two half brothers, adults, trying to survive the fallout of their abusive childhoods. As children, Tucker and Mutt's saving grace was their housekeeper Miss Ella and her brother Mose, the town physician. Miss Ella infused love, grace and compassion in an otherwise unbearable home.

While both men struggle with their memories of their abusive father in their own ways, their childhood friend Katie returns with as a single mom with a son of her own. Tucker and Mut
Sid Frost
Mar 17, 2012 Sid Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Tucker Mason and how he overcame growing up in the home of an abusive, strict, alcoholic father. His half-brother, Matthew, who goes by Mutt, didn't fare so well. When the book opens, Mutt is in a mental hospital being treated for schizophrenia. Their father Rex left the boys for long periods of time with a caregiver. When he was home, he mistreated the boys.

In flashbacks we learn about Miss Ella Rain, the black woman hired to care for Tucker and Mutt. She was forty-five, a
Broken  Bookshelf
Nov 18, 2015 Broken Bookshelf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like best about this novel was Martin's writing. I felt as a Christian author, he wasn't afraid to 'go there'. The novel felt real and vulnerable, as opposed to the typically overly sensitive and preachy Christian author.
The book still had a very obvious Christian message, but I think I'm ok with the execution. I think Martin was smart in his development of the character of Christian influence. He made her a personality, not just a representation of a religion. I was legitimately drawn i
This was such a unique book. It wasn’t close to what I expected. Two boys, who live with their father in Alabama, are pretty much raised by their housekeeper, Ella Rain. Their father is very abusive and it impacts the boys life in drastic ways. Tucker, a photographer, is running from himself and the person he does not want to become. Mutt is in a mental hospital dealing with his demons and the voices inside his head. When Mutt escapes from the hospital and Katie appears with her son and a black ...more
Angela M
Nov 04, 2013 Angela M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pain , physical and emotional , that these two brothers endure at the hands of their alcoholic father , is hard to read about . But the love that Ella Rain , their care giver , has for them and that they have for each other ultimately saves them. No need to describe the story , you can read the summary on your
own . Suffice it to say that this is a heartbreaking story that yes does end on a good note and thankfully - the burden of more suffering on these brothers would have been too much . B
Nov 16, 2008 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Debby by: Charles Martin
Shelves: 5-star-books
This is a great work of fiction! I didn't want the book to end. This is the first book I've read by Charles Martin and it definitely will not be the last. Great chracters, very well-written story and very profound food for thought about the destructive capacity of addiction and power; the depths of cruelty of all forms of abuse; the deep soul-wrestling cry for acceptance, meaning, purpose, love and forgiveness; and the everlasting power of love to heal. Oh how everyone longs for and truly needs ...more
Judy Bagley
Sep 16, 2014 Judy Bagley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Beautiful... "...darkness can't be where light is."
"Whipped, battered, and beaten, love broke through the rocks. I don't know how, but it did. I guess that's the mystery of it all".
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I really loved this book. It's a Christian book but not a "preachy" book. It ended up making me want to be a better person.
Keiki Hendrix
“Child, Love always wins, always has – always will!”

Timeless words of instruction from the memories of ‘Miss Ella’ float through “Wrapped in Rain” by Charles Martin and capture your heart, strike down your pride, and offer glimpses of the mystery of Grace.

This is a story of two abused boys, a self-absorbed money hungry father, a self sacrificing little black woman and how love wins over incomprehensible physical, mental, and emotional pain.

Tucker Rain providentially meets his childhood friend (K
Kym McNabney
Mar 03, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had WRAPPED IN RAIN by CHARLES MARTIN sitting in my pile of books to read for a couple of months. Once I finally made the decision to read it, I did so with uncertainty, which is often the case with authors I’m unfamiliar with.

If I’m honest, I was a bit confused in the beginning, and a little disappointed with the absence of a love interest for the main character. At page sixty-two, to my utter surprise and delight, Katie stepped into the pages.

I was hooked!

Tucker Rain is a famous photograph
Oct 14, 2011 Sher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like it took me all summer to read this book. Oh, wait! It did! I so loved reading Martin's "When Crickets Cry" that I really looked forward to this book. It was so good at first, and the potential for another favorite was there, but the second half just left me a little empty. I had a hard time motivating myself to pick the book up. Many nights I could only squeeze out 2 pages before I lost interest and went to sleep. I just knew something startling, earth shaking, gripping or compell ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this book dragged on and on with so much detail and nothing to capture my interest. If I hadn't been reading it for Book Group, I would not have wasted my time to continue with it. To make matters worse, it started jumping back and forth from one character to the main character (those of you who know me know I don't like that - I forget too much in between!). But then it finally started coming together and held my interest. I'm not sure where it started to hold my interest, but if you w ...more
Ben Zajdel
Jan 19, 2012 Ben Zajdel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tucker Mason is an internationally renowned photographer with an eye for beauty, but a past littered with violence and hate haunts him daily. His father was alcoholic, abusive, and neglectful. The only good thing he did for Tucker and his brother Mutt was hire Ella Rain to look after them.

Tucker is content to let the hate for his father simmer, but when Mutt escapes from a mental hospital and an ex-girlfriend shows up with her child and a black eye, events are set into motion that will change al
Stellar, Heartwarming, Poignant

This makes my 3rd read from Martin and completist that I am, I will make sure to read all of this talented man's work. I consider Wrapped in Rain the most page-turning among the three books.

It's a tale about love, faith, hope, hidden devils, forgiveness, and rebirth. It's not about a romantic love we're all so used to. It's about an unconditional love of a housekeeper to two young boys who lack the kind of love good parents should provide. Challenging and 'dang
Oct 19, 2014 Luv2read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-paperback
Absolutely one if the best "non-romance" books I have read in a long time. It struck a chord with me because I could relate to it on a personal level. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that affects the children of an alcoholic as much, if not more, than the alcoholic themselves. The trauma, the shame, loss of innocence of ones childhood, mental and/or physical abuse, anger, guilt, depression, fear; these are but a few of the many things children can feel and experience while growing up in such a ...more
Heather L
What a good find from the thrift store I found this book. Such heartache and sadness, but so thought-provoking and very endearing and wonderful too. I enjoyed every minute of this one as the writing was wonderful and never boring.

I so much anticipated a different ending, but I am pleased with the outcome. The characters - Tuck, Mutt, Katie, and Jase, and above all Miss Ella - what love and understanding conquers through good times and bad (really bad.) It has made me think of everything in my li
This book was written by an author that I really enjoy reading. The story was well thought out and I enjoyed most of the characters, even the "ghost." In this story the good wins over the evil and in some places in the story the author lays the goodness on thick. The book was full of human emotions. I will seek out this author again in the future.
I read this one for my book club. It was good, but too much of a Lifetime Movie theme for me. The main characters, two brothers brought up by an abusive and neglected father plus the nanny who raised them, are interesting and likeable. But there were a LOT of flashbacks to explain the characters and I found myself getting lost in the timeline. I also never understood where the boys' mothers went (yes, plural) or why the father took them in when he obviously never wanted them. Ultimately the stor ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Charles Martin seems to specialize in wounded souls...this one is a young man who had a very abusive father. The black housekeeper Ella Rain is more than caretaker to the house, but a mother to Tucker and his brother Mutt. Ella Rain guides Tucker to love in his youth, and even after she is dead, speaks from the grave to continue to guide Tucker on that journey of finding love and forgiveness.

I always have a favorite quote from his books...this one is on page 224. "(Catholic Priest)Father
May 29, 2016 Beatrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nagyon szép történet, megható, annak ellenére, hogy egy kegyetlen apa mellett felnövő két kisfiúról van szó.
Alexis Klein
May 15, 2016 Alexis Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrapped in the Rain follows the story of two half brothers that have had a horrible and abusive childhood. Both of the boys were raised by their housekeeper Ella, who treated them as if they were her own sons. Tucker Mason overcame a traumatic childhood with an abusive and alcoholic father. His half-brother Matthew, didn't turn out too well. In the beginning of the novel, Mutt is in a mental hospital being treated for Schizophrenia in which he escapes. Both men struggle with the traumatic memor ...more
Tiffany Nottingham

Pg. 64- Miss Ella talking in his head - Don't even think about letting that go to your head. To whom much is given, much is expected.

Pg. 145
I came home one afternoon, all full of myself, and Miss Ella yelled at me not to track mud inside the house. I ignored her. Quick as a minute, she reached me, jerked my head around, and said, "Child, you listen to me, and you look me straight in the eyes when I'm talking to you. I may be just old hired help, and a country woman to
Nov 27, 2015 Betty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've no doubt that Mr. Martin is a highly talented writer -- his writing style impressed me. However, I had to lay this book aside before finishing the third chapter. There are so many references to breasts! In just the first two chapters there are two references to penises. I could get past that crudeness if it weren't for the terribly caricaturized minor characters -- three of them so far. True, the major characters are painted richly and intriguingly, but Mr. Martin feels it necessary to marg ...more
Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin is a very intense novel. Two boys, Tucker and Matthew (known as Mutt) grow up with an extremely abusive father, Rex Mason. They are close in age, having 2 different mothers. Tucker never met his mother and Matthew was not part of his live until Rex brought him to their house at the age of 6. The only good thing in their lives was Miss Ella Rain, an African-American woman who was hired to be housekeeper and take care of the boys and became a mother to the boys. D ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Martin is one of the best Christian fiction writers and I love that he lives, and at least in this book, writes about places close to me! He creates characters and situations that are believable and his setting descriptions are beautiful.
Good things about this book were the sense of place, the development of the main character, and the touching portrayal of redemption of a truly horrible situation.
Things I didn't enjoy so much were a few odd circumstances that seemed contrived and throw
Sep 25, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a gorgeous story, beautifully written. It's a story of redemption and forgiveness; of getting past immense pain to a place of mercy.

Tucker and his brother grew up under the thumb of an abusive, alcoholic father, but wrapped in the love and care of Miss Ella - their hired help. Miss Ella instills a deep faith and love in both boys despite all that their father throws at them.

After Miss Ella passes away, Tuck still hears her voice. As he listens, she is able to guide him through the pain
Mar 16, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Martin books are amazing. You know how some stories take their time to engage your mind and eventually capture all of your attention? This one embraces you from the very beginning and just gets better and better and will take your heart captive as well.
Gail Strickland
Goodness, am I tired of being preached to. Not a bad book, just to preachy for me.
Sep 16, 2012 Chandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit...I got people confused for part of the book and jumping back and forth in time was a tad confusing, BUT I enjoyed the book like I always do with this author. Thanks for another great read.
Judy Collins
Jul 25, 2012 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One of the Best I have read! He will blow you away with his characters with raw feelings and emotion! If you are from the south, you will enjoy!" I have read all his books - he never disappoints!
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“We're all fallen people in a fallen world.

Where does a man find healing amid so many broken places? How does he find love in the ruins and vine-wrapped shattered pieces of his own soul?

Because love's springing up through the rocks.”
“If your knuckles are bloodier than your knees,then you're fighting the wrong battle.” 12 likes
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