Title ~ The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears
Author ~ M.E. Sanford
Published ~ 28st May 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary
Small town mechanic Vinny Shields doesn't have much going for him. He has a girlfriend that seems to chase every man that crosses her path. His father and mother are consistently unimpressed with his lifestyle. And his younger brother just dropped a bombshell that will change the dynamic of his family.
Vinny then meets the flamboyant gas station attendant, Tristan May, and learns more about what it means to love and be loved.
OMG… I don’t even know where to start. First of all I love the cover, it’s beautifully done and an eye catcher, making it stand out favourably from others in this genre. The story itself is one of the hardest I’ve read in a while and I have to admit, at first I hated Vinny the main character. I hated his prejudice, his weakness, his superficialness and his fearfulness. It took me a while… strictly speaking half of the book, to even bear him… but paradoxically there was something about him that drew me to him. I just couldn’t put the book down, it caught me from the very first chapter and kept me reading to the end.
Vinny… yeah, how to describe Vinny. He is straight (or thinks he his…), a guy with a steady job as a mechanic, he has a few friends and an on-off girlfriend aka fuck-buddy who turns out to be evil incarnate. Just thinking about that bitch makes my blood boil. No, I won’t go there…
Anyway, when Vinny’s brother Danny comes out to him and his family, a terrible roller coaster ride begins that leads into an indescribable drama. At that particular time Vinny meets Tristan, a former dancer and model, who is struggling to help his family. A lovable, cute, flamboyant, vulnerable and simultaneously strong guy, who doesn’t hide who he is and little by little Vinny starts to question his own sexuality and prejudice.
The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears moves fast, it’s a page turner, a powerful book, full of angst, realistic in nature, a book about families who discard their children for being gay and hide behind a ridiculous, mendacious ideology.
It’s a melodramatic story, a story about emotional torture and the will to survive, about discovering what love really means and it's profoundly moving. There are so many misconceptions, and the effects of preconceived opinions on the lives of others that are truly devastating. The story shows the reader quite plainly the close-mindedness and ignorance of small town people, the alarming significance of social acceptance, which seems to be much more important than a few lives.
But it’s more…the writing is emotionally charged, and takes the reader on a tumultuous ride of: Loss, grief, acceptance, forgiveness and true love. It’s a story of tragedy, hope and triumph, it follows the blossoming love between two young men, and if the readers open their hearts they might discover the raw emotions behind the characters and that true love knows no boundaries. It’s so sweet, it’s a true journey of forgiveness and it points out the importance of family and loyalty.
Recommended to those who love to read character driven books. This one will break your heart but at the same time will make you love the people you first start out hating. It’s a truly touching book, full of character growth, twists and turns, life lessons and new beginnings. It’s an eye opener in so many ways. The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears is M.E.Sanford’s debut novel and I think it’s an excellent start. Definitely worth reading.
Note: The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears is the first book in the Golden Nettle series.
A Word From M.E. Sanford
During my youth I was heavily depressed. Actually, that depression lasted until my middle twenties and left me with an oddly warped perception on the world and friends.
When the inspiration for The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears walked into my door I was left in tears from that particular situation and experience. I knew that something was there, something that required me to create a world and characters. There was a story in that pain and I had to tell it in my best way, by writing it down.
Vinny, I feel, is very much like a man that doesn't realize he's stuck in place. He's so stagnant and lifeless that the poor man is ultimately a zombie walking around, which happens, and it's sad. Vinny is very much me in a sense, at that time I was trapped in a place that I didn't want to be. Working jobs and living a life that I hated and began to think that ending my life would be the only way out made me a very sad man.
Then Tristan simply walks into Vinny's life and turns his world upside down. Suddenly, everything is new and everything is a learning experience for Vinny. Tristan is the incarnation of my inspiration to move cross country and pursue a dream that I'd been hiding since I was four years old.
Sometimes all we need is that one person to help drive us forward. And even though I didn't have anyone but myself it makes happy that I was able to make characters in whom needed each other.
I hope you can enjoy the story of Tristan and Vinny. They are very close to my heart and are part of my dream come true. Now...the sequel!
About The Author
A lifelong writer and storyteller, M.E. Sanford has always pursued creative careers. One of his passions is writing novels and other short stories. Just recently he made a major move cross country to pursue a dream that includes publishing his stories that he's been working on the past several years. An entertainer at heart, M.E. follows the pull of his ambitions and turns his experiences into touching works of literature. If just one person is touched by his stories he can consider himself a success.
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