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 past and forgive his father.
On a sprawling Southern estate, Tucker and his younger brother, Mutt, were raised by their housekeeper, Miss Ella Rain, who loved the motherless boys like her own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and the boys was the only good thing their father ever did.
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.
Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tuck can still hear her voice—and her prayers. But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in.
If my memory serves me correctly, I think last time I wrote about Charles Martin, I said he was my favorite new writer. This is the fourth book of his I have read, and I surprisingly wasn’t quite as wild about this one. First of all, even though I am a Christian, I don’t like books that hit you over the head with it and come across as preachy. This one wasn’t completely that, but it was more overt than his other books. What I appreciated in his other books is how he so eloquently got the message across through his themes. I did like the characters, and thank goodness the boys had Miss Ella in their lives. Tucker shows great growth from the person he was from all he endured and witnessed as a youth growing up with an abusive, alcoholic and neglectful father. I think what didn’t quite work so well for me this time was the back and forth between past and present. It just didn’t quite flow as well for me, although he does write beautifully. I would still recommend the book. It just wasn’t my favorite.
My Rating: 3.5 – 4 Stars
Paperback: 374 pages
Published: April 11, 2006 by Thomas Nelson Inc (first published March 1st 2005)