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Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  2,735 ratings  ·  337 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 pas
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Thomas Nelson
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Sid Frost
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
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
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
Judy Bagley
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 *wants some 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 16, 2008 Debby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
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
"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!
This is the sixth Charles Martin book I've read, and while I loved them all, Wrapped in Rain is my favorite. I do believe it’s the best book I've ever read. What a beautiful story of coming home. What an inspiration to encourage and promote prayer and forgiveness. The character development is brilliant. Charles Martin broaches the subject of mental illness by introducing Matthew Mason. Matthew, aka Mutt, is a character you cannot help but love and cheer for. The reader is transformed back and fo ...more
Meh. Not my favorite of his at all. Just couldn't connect to the story.

I do agree sometimes his books are hard to get into but the payoff is so worth it.

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
Wow, another great book from Charles Martin. I didn't enjoy this as much as the others that I've read from this author, but it was still wonderfully poignant. This is a story about the healing power of love and the rough road to forgiveness. Absolutely painful and moving yet ultimatley beautiful in it's message. It left me in mixed tears of joy and sorrow as he explores the possibilities that arise out of the ashes of devestating experiences when we have faith enough to turn things over to the L ...more
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Pamela Barrett
“Light doesn’t have to announce its way into a room or ask the darkness to leave. It just is. It walks ahead of you, and the darkness rolls back like a tide.” This profound quote is one of many, in the voice of Miss Ella Rain, taken from this story about making peace with your past.

Tucker is a world renowned photographer who has spent most of his adult life alone, in remote places, engaging with the world only through his camera lens. He never knew his mother, his wealthy father was abusive, and
Beneath the moonlight, where neither the darkness nor the shadows bothered him. Like the voices, he had befriended both a few years ago.

The photographer in me began BUBBLING to the surface.
It was once a shadow of something dark.
These arms may be skinny, but they held a lot.
Some pretty harsh ribbing at school.
That’s really the first time I had any idea that life wasn’t supposed to be what it was.
That’s an even measure of give ‘n take in my opinon. She would play and it would sing.

Sometimes my c
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An internationallly famous photographer, he has traveled the world and seen both the serious and the strange. But 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.

Back in rural Alabama, Tucker comes to terms with the ghosts he left behind. Miss Ella Rain once loved Tuck and his brother like they were her very own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly H
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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.”
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