Thursday 1 July 2021

#BlogTour Lying with Lions by Annabel Fielding

 It's my turn on the BlogTour Lying with Lions by Annabel Fielding

About the Author

'I am a self-professed geek who lives in Berlin, and is dedicated a little too much to reading historical non-fiction; I pick out the juiciest bits from it and bring them to you. My special areas of interest are Edwardian age and Late Middle Agnes/Renaissance, but sometimes I veer into other directions, too, when distracted by a shiny thing.' 

Annabel Fielding is a novelist, a history geek and an international woman of mystery. She has long since pledged her allegiance to travel, tea and books. When she isn't busy writing historical fiction she can be found on her blog There, you will find travel posts, lesser-known facts, some photography and (mostly) historical fiction-related book reviews. Follow @DearestAnnabel 

About the book

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...


Agnes is expecting her job as an archivist to reveal some secrets, but not the kind of secrets some people would do absolutely anything to keep buried. The tunnels beneath the Bryant's house and estate are a deeply disturbing experience to undertake each day, and yet she does, because it's of paramount importance that she maintain her position.

Until she starts searching for the truth about an item of interest she uncovered. It displeases the gentleman of the house to be confronted with questions and garners the interest of the lady of house. Not the kind of attention you should want to draw to yourself when your life of comfort could not only come to a sudden halt, but also put an end to the search for secrets and answers.

This did not go where I thought it was heading - in a gothic mystery good kind of way though. It's a riveting story that melds fact and fiction to create the kind of read you think you have sussed and yet in reality you haven't.

I enjoyed the fact it was LGBTQIA, it's great to have diversity in all genres. Saying that I think the relationship between the two of them lacks balance - it's more of a dominant and submissive type of relationship. Power reigns supreme and anything is a weapon to be wielded to get what certain people want. - Fielding is just getting started as far as I am concerned.

Buy Lying with Lions at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. KDP pub date 15 Jun. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

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