Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home
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Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home

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""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...more
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Published April 18th 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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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...more
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
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...more
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...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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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
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.
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
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
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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...more
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...more
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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...more
Some books leave their mark on the reader and this one touched me. When I first started reading, Martin’s imagery captivated me. The story, places and people came to life with each word I read. Wrapped in Rain focuses on the turbulent childhoods of Tucker and Mutt Mason. It is a poignant look at a childhood, steeped in violence, and the woman who helped them through it. Tucker’s story is told in first person and Mutt’s in third. Martin does a great job of breaking these into chapters, so that th...more
I was recommending Martin by a friend when we were discussing other books that we had enjoyed. I'm glad she did. I randomly purchased a couple of his works from Amazon... and then the books sat on my "to read" shelf for quite some time. Once I started it though I couldn't wait for every opportunity to pick it back up. Perfect amount of faith throughout the story and yes, it made me cry. ;) If you've read and enjoyed Redeeming Love, The Help, or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt... you'll enjoy this as wel...more
Jean Haberman
I read "Wrapped in Rain" for book club. It is not a book I would have chosen, but I enjoyed it enough to finish reading it. It is written from a Christian viewpoint and Miss Ella, the maid, is the voice of God. Tucker tells the story of his life with Rex, an abusive, mostly absent, rich father and step brother Mutt. The brothers handled their childhood in different ways. Tucker became engrossed in his photography and Mutt developed mental illnesses and had to be hospitalized. Miss Ella was alway...more
Charles Martin's book has its heart in the right place. One of those books that renew our faith in love and humanity, the book is the story of two (step) brothers, Tuck and Mutt who have been brutalized by their father Rex Mason. In fact, the only person who cares for them is the maid, Ella Rain, who acts as a surrogate mother. However, Rex's brutalization damages them both: one is a loner, the other is confined to a mental institution.

Now, with Mutt escaping from his institute, and a former fr...more
May 04, 2011 Pamela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any reader that wants to be moved
Recommended to Pamela by: Tammy Kennemore
Shelves: christian-reads
"Wrapped in Rain" by Charles Martin was one of the best novels I've read in a long time. Mrs. Ella Rain will always have a place in my heart. She was created with the knowledge and wisdom that we can all learn from...she is the main character of this novel. At a young age, she takes a job as a maid and "unexpectant" mother of two young boys whose father is too wrapped up in his own life and business to take notice of them. As the years go on, the father becomes increasingly jealous of his boys a...more
Some of the subject matter here is tough! I tend to steer clear of books dealing with abuse of women and children, mental illness and the whole concept of growing up "different". Some of this hits pretty close to home, and the rest you see on the news each and every night. I read to escape these things!

Yet this book reminds us that there is a way to deal with ugliness in the world. And that there is a Power mightier than we are that has the answers to all our questions. And that through this lov...more
Kathy McC
I love Charles Martin. I did not get as wrapped up in this novel as I did Chasing Fireflies. Wrapped in Rain was not reminiscent of Steinbeck's style, but was still an outstanding read. It is the story of two brothers, both abused by their father and raised by an African American housekeeper. One lives his life as a loner- a photographer hoping to change his life much in the same way a camera lens changes a picture. The other brother is confined in a mental health facilities trying to quiet the...more
Wrapped in Rain is a thought provoking and beautifully written book about letting go of your past hurts and living your life in the present. This book spoke to me on many levels but the one thought I had when I read the final page is that God is greater than any hurt I may have.

Tuck and his brother Mutt grew up in the worst kind of home with a father that was physically and mentally abusive and who lived on a liquid diet of whiskey. Through the storm clouds God sent them a little black woman nam...more
Am citit aproape tot ce se poate de Charles Martin. Afara de cateva pagini din thunder and rain. Daca ar fi sa sumarizez tot ce am invatat de la el, ei bine, asteptati va la lectii de iertare, povesti pline de durere si lacrimi, caractere invaluitede personalitati frumos detaliate si conturate printr o intensitate geniala a gandurilor si emotiilor care se construiesc, extind destrama pe parcursul povestii. Cred ca cea mai interesanta parte este ca se transmit catre cititor si te trezesti la capa...more
It took me quite a few chapters to get into this book. I felt the character development was a little slow and then like always, I hit about the 50 page mark and I was completely pulled in. Sometimes the subject matter in the book regarding abuse and mental illness was pretty tough to read. Martin has such a beautiful way of writing that it pushes you and pulls you and makes you feel many different types of emotions all at once. I felt such love from Miss Ella Rain and at the same time I complete...more
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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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