Wrapped in Rain
"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...
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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 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 Hall and to keep them out of sight was the only good thing their father ever did. And though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tuck can still hear her voice.
The only good thing Alabama business mogul Rex Mason ever did was hire Miss Ella Rain to keep his boys-Tucker and Mutt-out of sight. A single and childless black woman, Miss Ella raised the boys and tried to protect them from Rex's drunken rages. After she dies, Mutt's mental disorder deteriorates, and Tucker, alone and overwhelmed, commits him to a mental hospital. When Mutt escapes from the hospital and a childhood friend, Katie, reappears, Tucker must face the demons of his childhood. Wrapped in Rain is a tough and tender novel about weathering adversity and taking the risk to love.
Charles Martin's novels have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike and have been finalists for multiple awards. He lives a stone's trhow from the St John's River in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three boys.