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Silencing the Siren: A 1920s Fairytale-Inspired Mystery (Ever After Mysteries Book 7) Kindle Edition
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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.
- ASIN : B08S6TN6PW
- Publisher : Celebrate Lit Publishing (January 4, 2022)
- Publication date : January 4, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2054 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 169 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #422,047 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,842 in Christian Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #1,843 in Religious Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #2,856 in Christian Historical Fiction (Books)
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This is an imaginative retelling of the Little Mermaid. I loved seeing the closeness of the circus performers, who though mostly unrelated, form their own tight family. “This family was put together purely by the love and friendship they had for each other. The love they had ran far deeper than the blood Andrew shared with his parents.” I loved the way they care for and protect each other. Acceptance and love are freely given within the circus confines, things that are sadly lacking from the more affluent and “righteous” community without.
I found Andrew to be extremely naive for his age and couldn’t believe he still was at an age where he could be disciplined by his parents the way he was. However, this thought is coming from someone who is living one hundred years later. So, maybe relationships in upper-class families really were like that?
Annabel is very young in many ways, yet also mature beyond her years. The strength of character she exhibits every day to make a good life for herself amazed me.
I love to zero in on secondary characters that I would enjoy meeting, often because of the way they treat others. William and Amalia are those people in this tale. Discerning, caring, quick to forgive and to aid others, they almost need their own story!
Great twists to complete this fairytale! Don’t miss your chance to find out whether the Siren is silenced for good!!
“Anger clashed and rolled with the grief inside him. A war of fire and ice with no clear winner.”
“This city cared about no one but themselves. They had no compassion, no love, and no heart. Why couldn’t these people just open their eyes to the struggles of their fellow men? Why couldn’t they see that while they obsessed over societal expectations and positions, others had to exploit their differences just to survive?”
I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I also bought my own copy. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
Silencing the Siren by Denise L. Barela is part of the Ever After Mysteries. The series consists of standalone novels set in the 1920s, all as different fairytale retellings. This retelling of The Little Mermaid takes you from the world of old money and socialites to behind the scenes of Coney Island.
What you might need to know:
Annabel was born with a deformity in her legs.
What I think about this book:
This is a delightful retelling of The Little Mermaid. The story was a nice blend of sweet romance and mystery. I appreciate that it is told from the perspective of Andrew, a rich boy who longs for more than the superficial world that he has been raised in. It was nice to see Andrew’s integrity grow during the story. Andrew’s family was very easy to hate so I understand why he was drawn to the gentle kindness in Annabel. William broke my heart when told Andrew, “ Though I lost my daughter, the Lord has blessed me with a son.” After reading this charming debut novel, I can’t wait to read more from Barela.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
Her account of the life of the showmen, a troupe of so-called misfits, held my interest from the beginning. I admired her main characters for their determination to be who they were meant to be. Andrew, a man of privilege in society, but stifled by his parent's ability to control his life, turns to the group of performers and their way of life to learn some precious life lessons. He also finds his heart captured by one of them, Annabelle, a young performer wheelchair-bound. I loved Annabelle's soft-heartedness and her ability to not let her circumstances control who she is.
Plenty of mystery, sweet romance, the emotional build-up to a fantastic ending. Also, plenty of lessons in God's trust and understanding. This one has it all. Highly recommended.
I look forward to more novels by this talented author. Overall, a great read!