This is the sixth Charles Martin book Ive read, and while I loved them all, Wrapped in Rain is my favorite. I do believe its the best book Ive 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 forth between childhood memories and the present setting of the book and it is a spectacular journey. I truly dont have adequate words to describe how wonderful this book is.
I am a fan of Charles Martin and this book held my attention. I wanted to try and figure out where it was going and surely enjoyed the full ride until the last word. Even looked for the next one to read.
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 childless widow, and daughter of the son of a slave. She helped her younger brother Moses get through college. He serves in the military and become a doctor.
When the story begins, we learn that Miss Ella has died and Tucker has taken her last name. Tucker Rain is an internationally renowned photographer with cover photos on all the major magazines. He is on his way back to the family home in a small Alabama town even as his agent tries to get him to go on jobs. The family home, which Tucker now owns, is called Waverly Hall. Tucker's father was a mean person, but he had a knack for making money. He was worth more than $50 million by the time he was forty.
On the trip home, Tucker meets a woman, Katie Wither with a child, first at a food stop and later when her car breaks down. It turns out she was a neighbor of the Mason's and a close childhood friend. She was a talented musician, who played the piano as a child at the Mason's home with encouragement from Miss Ella. She left to study piano at Julliard, and later married an unfaithful and abusive man, Trevor. She divorced him, but ran away to protect her five-year old son, Jase.
After rescuing Katie and Jase, and learning of their situation, Tucker talks her into hiding out at the Mason home. When they get there, Tucker finds out his brother has left the hospital where Tucker had taken him seven years earlier.
Katie, Jase and Tucker find Mutt and the three adults recall childhood memories and get together to plan a super Christmas. Moses is at there, too.
The background information is introduced gradually, as needed, without distracting the reader from the main flow of the story.
I loved meeting these characters. Tucker was able to forgive his father and that is what made him special. Mutt tried to control himself, but he couldn't. He was a good man, but unable to be like others. Katie was a good mother who let herself get tricked into marrying an abusive man. She would survive. Moses, set good examples for the brothers when they were children and when they were adults. Along with Ella, he helped them survive.
It was a satisfying story with characters you'll not soon forget.
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Wrapped in Rain is a story by Charles Martin. The book opens up on a boy named Tucker. Raised by a wealthy but abusive father, he tries to overcome his past and the pain that came with it. He is raised by his maid, Miss Ella, who comforts him in his sad moments.
The book was filled with twists and surprises, yet hard to start. I wish that the beginning was more exciting. After Miss Ella's death, Tucker must deal with life, without that help and guidance of Miss Ella. He buries himself in his work as a world class photographer. One day, his life changes. He rescues his long-lost childhood sweetheart, who is running away from her abusive husband. With her there, he has to deal with old issues of unforgiveness. When his brother disappears from a mental hospital where he has been confined, Tucker must face more problems. Through it all, he is reminded of Miss Ella's words of wisdom.
Charles Martin writes a story of love, pain, forgiveness and grace. I enjoyed it, but found it to be slow moving in parts. I'm not sure I'd ever read it again.
*Note: I received this book free for review through BookSneeze. I'm not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.*