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Monday, August 15, 2022
About the Book
Book: Silencing the Siren
Author: Denise L. Barela
Narrator: Christa DelSorbo
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Release date: May, 2022
Andrew 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.
Denise L. Barela is a twenty-something-year-old writer with a passion for fiction, her faith, and just being creative in general. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…
About the Narrator
Speaking Life into Story
Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *
More from the Christa
How do you enhance a book that is beautifully written? You invite the talented Christa DelSorbo to use her gift and make an audio version. I have listened to several audios that she has read and each one has been enjoyable. With this story I was looking for more emotion and easily identifiable character voices. I received that with ease. Her voice has this tender side when needed and strong command when called for. I would encourage others to grab their own audio copy of this book and fall in love with the beautiful writing style of the gifted author as Christa brings the story to life.
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.