Wrapped in Rain - Charles Martin

Two half-brothers, both internally scarred by their father's neglect and abuse, find solace under the tender care of their colored housekeeper. She was a praying woman, and constantly told the boys that life is battle not to be fought with fists, but with one's heart and being on one's knees. In their adult years, the boys each battled with their own demons, struggling and running from painful memories. Their housekeeper cum nanny passed on years before, but continues to live on in their memories, often 'quipping' in guidance and/or admonishment -- very much like Jiminy Cricket's role as one's conscience. This is a story of laying down one's burdens, of forgiveness, of endings, and of new beginnings.