#Review : Lying With Lions #LyingWithLions – Annabel Fielding @DearestAnnabel @NetGalley

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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.

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Synopsis :

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…

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Review :

I like historical fiction so when I got the opportunity to read ‘Lying with Lions’ I said yes as I thought the synopsis sounded quite interesting.
Diving in with much gusto I immediately had some trouble staying focused as I had the feeling the author just plunged us in way to deep to start.
I really missed some context and it took me some pages before I definitely found my way around.
After that I flew through the pages as I was more than intrigued by the veils lifting of some secrets.
However some way through I couldn’t stop shaking the feeling this story just meandered through.
I mean there were some more secrets and new conspiracies and a mentioning of a lesbian relationship, but nothing was really worked out fully in my opinion.
The characters were even not enough fleshed out for me to find a connection with most of them like I otherwise do, especially with the main characters.
If Agnes and Helen were even more strongly depicted I would connect better with the ending I suppose, which now felt a bit disconnected and rushed for my liking.
I think I can easily confess that I read the entire book because of the way Annabel Fielding writes as she has a great way with words.
You can also see that she has a great love of history as it’s clear she has put a lot of effort into research and trying to bring the Edwardian area alive in her book.
A story that most likely will give a lot of people some great time reading, but left me a little disappointed in some ways I believe.

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