Title: Honourable Lies
Author: Fran Connor
Publisher: Liot Literary
Copyright: June 28, 2016
Format: E-Book, 280 Pages, $10.99 [Amazon Paperback], $2.99 [Kindle], $10.99 [Barnes & Noble Paperback]
A Victorian Romance that grips the reader in a thriller as a poor young orphan rises in High Society and pits her will against the dark forces that dwell there. Murder, jealousy and love compete in this young woman’s journey. Her enemies intend that journey to end on the gallows but she has alienated the one man who could save her. She must use all the low life skills she learned in the gutter to overcome her predicament.
Fran Connor’s Honourable Lies is a story, filled with unexpected twists and turns, that centers on an orphan named Victoria. Victoria has had anything but an easy life, growing up in a filthy orphanage that is run by a horrible man named Tweedale and policed by heartless women. One night she is called into Mr. Tweedale’s office where she is introduced to a man named Woodward who presents her with an opportunity to be a governess in Australia. Deep down she suspects that there is something sinister about the dubious Woodward and his ‘opportunity.’ She is told that they will be leaving immediately. Stating that she needs to use the bathroom, Victoria takes the opportunity to escape from her captors. Armed with her crude-looking dagger and a small amount of money, she slips quickly into the night.
After escaping the clutches of Tweedale and Woodward, Victoria has her fair share of unpleasant adventures. She is accosted by brigands, sexually assaulted by a corpulent man, and hired as a governess only to be thrown out shortly thereafter. One day, Victoria is walking through the woods where she witnesses two foreigners who are placing items beneath the train tracks. Soon realizing what is happening, she calls out to the approaching train and causes it to stop immediately. It is this act that changes Victoria’s life forever. She inadvertently saves the life of Queen Victoria and is awarded a place of great honor.
From the beginning of the book to the end, I found Honourable Lies to be a fascinating read. The description of each scene was rich and the characterization was enjoyable. Above all, Victoria, a rather interesting character, was easy to relate to and had a strong, enduring nature. The flow of the story was fairly steady with its slow moments that I just slogged through. The plot was fairly well-developed and it kept me hooked when the climax reached its crescendo. The tone and atmosphere of this particular book was one of mystery. In general it was a pleasant read and is the sort of book I would curl up with on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I received a complimentary copy of “Honourable Lies” by Fran Connor in exchange for an honest review.