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Wednesday, February 9, 2022


Silencing the Siren

About the Book

Book: Silencing the Siren

Author: Denise L. Barela

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale

Release date: January 4, 2022

Silencing-the-Siren-663x1024Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.

The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?

Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!

Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.

Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.


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About the Author

Barela_Denise_HeadshotDenise Barela’s passion for fiction, her faith, and general creativity define her life. In all things, she strives to glorify God, though especially in and through her writing. She has spent the past six years working for a publicity company and five years working as the head editor for a publishing company. With an MFA in Creative Writing and a Professional Writing certificate, Denise enjoys using her education and work experiences to help authors achieve their own writing dreams. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…


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Hello Readers!

I’m so excited to share Silencing the Siren with you! This book was so much fun to write and research. I learned so many fun facts about old cars, old New York, and even doorbells!

Yes, you read that correctly. Doorbells.

These noisy items were such a novelty in the 1920s that they were often given as Christmas gifts!

Crazy, right?

I wanted both Andrew and Annabel to represent that feeling we have all experienced at least once in our lives. That feeling of not belonging. It looks different for each person, but it’s a uniting feeling.

Annabel will never be accepted by those outside her family, but they more than make up for that. Andrew is popular and well-off in society, but as he comes to know the Lord, he starts to feel that rift with his superficial friends and family. It’s with other believers, Annabel’s family, that he finds that deep relationship he desires. They are more than willing to provide.

This is the beauty of the body of Christ. When we are sick or in need, the body of Christ comes together to support you in that time of need and extend Christ’s love to all corners of the globe.

I hope you enjoy reading Silencing the Siren as much as I enjoyed writing it!


I am in awe of the writing style of this author. Her debut novel will take readers 
to a place that most of us have heard about. The setting of Coney Island is inviting 
and I loved getting to go behind the scenes. I immediately noticed that the author had 
captured a character in grace, beauty and love. Annabel is filled with a sense of being 
different but still her heart hopes for that one special person. My heart went out
 to her as people gawked at her while she swam in the water as a mermaid. It was so easy 
to visualize her as she glided with grace. Her smile radiated throughout the place
 as she entertained the people.

It was sad to think that people were thought of as a freak show because 
they were different. Annabel is use to stares and whispers as she sits 
in her wheelchair. Can you imagine living a life where you are on display
 because others think of you as different? I noticed how the author was
 able to convey to readers that even though we may look different, 
God loves us unconditionally.

Andrew comes from a wealthy family who are very judgmental and 
only thought of how important they were because of their financial stability. 
Even though his parents were rather snobby, Andrew had a heart that 
saw beauty from the inside. The relationship between Annabel and 
Andrew is so well written that I could feel their attraction to each other.
 The author builds a beautiful connection between the two with tender
 moments spent getting to know each other.

I loved how the author incorporates a mystery in the story that illustrates
 jealousy to an extreme that danger comes to one character. I couldn’t read fast
 enough to see how the author would unravel a sinister plot to make
 Annabel disappear. Andrew’s parents are so determined that Andrew won’t
 disgrace the family that they will do anything to stop him from seeing Annabel.
 The story gets tense as Andrew tries to solve the mystery and the emotions
 he has spills across the pages.His pain is evident as he hears devastating news.
 The author is able to not only deliver a touching story of 
unconditional love, but shows how people can become irrational 
when their future is at stake.

The ending caught me by surprise and I cried as I read the final words. I must say
 that I am very impressed with this debut novel and know this is only the start
 of a long career for this author. Thank you for taking me back in time where
 status was important and expose the ugliness of pride and jealousy.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

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Texas Book-aholic, February 10

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Inklings and notions, February 11

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Blossoms and Blessings, February 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 13

deb’s Book Review, February 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 14

For the Love of Literature, February 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 15

Blogging With Carol, February 15

Connie’s History Classroom, February 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 17 (Spotlight)

Sodbuster Living, February 17

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 18

Austen’s Angle, February 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 19

Simple Harvest Reads, February 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Back Porch Reads, February 20

Through the Fire blogs, February 20


To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this story, this sounds like a must read for me

  2. Great review, thank you for sharing! This sounds wonderful

  3. I look forward to reading this author’s highly praised debut book.

  4. Silencing the Siren sounds like my kind of book and I like the cover, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Texas Book-aholic! Have a terrific weekend!