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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin

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 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, he 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. And she keeps telling him, encouraging him, that by reaching out to this young boy he can redeem his father's tarnished legacy and pass on the good she brought into his life.

Wrapped in Rain is a story with very complex characters.  The author shows insight into the characters by moving the story back and forth from past to present.  By showing us the  past so clearly, we know what created the situations that Mutt, Tucker, Katie, and even Rex are facing in the present.  The transition is very defined so you know when you are in time.  The title suits the story perfectly.  Everyone should be so lucky to have an Ella Rain in their lives.  Even though Wrapped in Rain is not a light and easy read, it tells a very powerful story of love, forgiveness, and second chances. It shows good and evil at work in the real world and like I always tell my children, in the end good will always win.  Evil only comes out on top if we allow it.  Keep a box of tissues close by, because you are going to need them.  This story will touch your heart and leave a lasting impression on your life.  

I received a complimentary e book copy of Wrapped in Rain from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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