Tucker Mason's violent father made his childhood a misery. Tuck's wounded soul helps him capture life in striking photographs. But now that he's in his thirties and jaded by international acclaim, his photography no longer soothes the torment within.

Tuck heads back to his rural Alabama home to confront the two people who most shaped his life—his father and the pious, loving housekeeper who raised him, Miss Ella Rain. Miss Ella is dead, but he still hears her voice inside him. His father has dementia and doesn't even know who he is.

Then Tuck's brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old childhood sweetheart shows up with a son and a bruised face. Responsibility for the lives of others is the last thing Tuck needs, but he hasn't yet learned the redeeming power of love.

Martin's gifted prose etches unforgettable characters into the hearts of readers. He delves deep into human pain to unearth priceless truths of love, faith and sacrifice. (Mar., 320 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson