Thank you Annabel Fielding for asking me to join this blog tour for Lying With Lions. published on 20th June 2021.
Edwardian England. Agnes Ashford knows that her duty is threefold: she needs to work on cataloguing the archive of the titled Bryant family, she needs to keep the wounds of her past tightly under wraps, and she needs to be quietly grateful to her employers for taking her up in her hour of need. However, a dark secret she uncovers due to her work thrusts her into the Bryants’ brilliant orbit – and into the clutch of their ambitions.
They are prepared to take the new century head-on and fight for their preeminent position and political survival tooth and nail – and not just to the first blood. With a mix of loyalty, competence, and well-judged silence Agnes rises to the position of a right-hand woman to the family matriarch – the cunning and glamorous Lady Helen. But Lady Helen’s plans to hold on to power through her son are as bold as they are cynical, and one day Agnes is going to face an impossible choice…
Our Author – Annabel Fielding
Annabel Fielding, having graduated from the University of Arts London with an MA in Public Relations, is a PR assistant by day and a novelist by night. Being a self-professed history geek, she dedicates her free time to obscure biographies, solo travel and tea. She also posts a mix of book reviews and travel photos on her blog at historygeekintown.com. She can also be followed on Twitter as @DearestAnnabel.
My Review – Lying with Lions
Agnes Ashford face with her own families financial problems, gains employment and is appointed with the task of archiving the family history of the Bryant’s at Hartfell Hall, by Lord Alistair Bryant. Along with the basic task of family trees, Agnes goes on to uncover family secrets, hidden and covered by lies that have stayed tucked away in the tunnels under the house.
When Lord Bryant meets an untimely demise the House, it’s staff and various family come forward to cause further distress to Lady Helen. Agnes steps in, to fill various roles, and help avoid future scandalous events to add to the families history, whilst becoming deeper involved than she ever thought possible, by covering up lies, she helps create even more.
An intricate sense of the Edwardian era, time and place, factual history is seamlessly woven in by Annabel, which just adds and enriches the storyline. A set of characters, all with their own issues, further enhance this and add to the time line.
A well detailed story, which will take you back in time to Edwardian England. A historical novel which embarks taking you on a journey through time, rich in detail and characters.