Welcome to my third and final stop on the William Sibley's Sighs Too Deep For Words Blog Tour hosted by JKS Communications.
SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is the story of a man in prison who falls in love, through lengthy correspondence, with a woman he’s never met. Getting out, he goes to find her and discovers that the love letters he’s received were written not by a woman but by a closeted gay man — a small town minister. Not only did the minister deceive the prisoner, but he sent a photograph of his sister (who lives with him) as a picture representing himself. And not only is the sister unaware of the ruse, but she herself happens to be a lesbian. The ex-prisoner has fallen in love physically with a woman who doesn’t know he exists, and mentally with a man he doesn’t know how to love. Set in the scenic Texas Gulf Coast fishing village of Rockport, SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is a darkly humorous and contemplative examination of the parameters of love, sex, sexuality and cultural perspective.
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Sighs Too Deep For Words is a wonderful story of love, friendship, inspiration and self-discovery.
Lester Briggs, although a little intimidating, is a compassionate, warm-hearted man whose only goal after being released from prison, is to find the one person who reached out to him while he was incarcerated. Laurel Jeanette gave him hope that love and life exists outside of Diboll. But Lester soon discovers that not all is as it seems, and his life weaves a different path bringing him unexpected friendship and the emotional realization of the love he so desperately seeks, in the form of someone he already shares a deep connection with.
There are many quirky characters throughout this story and it was interesting to see how each relationship panned out. I particularly enjoyed Melanie and Daniel. Although I would have run a mile the minute I met them (because they are both crazy), they brought a certain fun and light element to a story that contained some serious subject matter.
Family secrets, mixed signals and Lester’s hunt for love made for an exciting read. It was emotionally charged and pulled at my heart strings as I walked the journey with Lester, hoping against hope that he’d find happiness. The ending was a pleasant surprise and I was satisfied with turning the last page knowing that all would be right in Lester’s world.
Because sometimes it takes your world falling to pieces to truly find what you are looking for.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Jack Sibley's first novel ANY KIND OF LUCK (www.anykindofluck.weebly.com) was published by Kensington in 2001. It was nominated for a Lambda award (Best Romance), The Texas Institute of Letters "Funniest Book of the Year" John Bloom Award and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. His play MORTALLY FINE was produced Off-Broadway and numerous of his screenplays have been optioned by such directors and actors as John Schlesinger, Arthur Hiller and Diane Ladd. His writing has appeared in the UTNE READER, HALLMARK MAGAZINE, BRILLIANT MAGAZINE, THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT, THE ORLANDO WEEKLY, THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD, HERITAGE MAGAZINE, TEXAS CO-OP MAGAZINE, THE DEAD MULE ("A Journal of Southern Literature"), FLYING COLORS, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES MAGAZINE and THE NEW YORK NATIVE. In addition to screenwriting, playwrighting and journalism Sibley is a fifth generation Texan who oversees his family's ranching operations in South Texas.