Alias Lord John


Worth reading 😎

It's amazing how much one can get done with a doppelganger and a bundle of conflicts in 19th century England.

Alias Lord John is a historical fiction following the story of a wealthy lord’s doppelganger in 19th century England as he parades around in his place. Lord John, the wealthy lord, finds Tristan Rigal, a mysterious Frenchman trying to restart his life from what it was in Paris. Tristan, after catching Poppy Woods, Lord John’s handmaiden and half-sister, spying on him eventually enters into an agreement to switch places with the lord with little explanation. It’s full of intrigue but does drag on in some places. 

I thought this novel would have more romance and debauchery in it, but I felt teased until the end. Considering Lord John gives up his life filled with mistresses and a reputation of being a player to go undercover as this stranger who happens to favor him in appearance is fishy from the start. The self-discipline, restraint Tristan exercises around all these women who think he is someone he’s not is astounding. It is, however, obvious from the start who Tristan’s got his sights set on. Still, I kept hoping for something more than what was delivered in terms of romance. I stayed for the brewing tension and that tragedy might occur at any moment.

The narration mostly follows Tristan Rigal and Poppy Woods. I would have liked to see how things were going from Lord John’s undercover trip as Tristan outside of England. However, the narration is interesting and has a consistent flow from character to character. I think the premise of the two men switching places indefinitely, as far as Tristan knows, still left some confusion for me as a reader. I was wondering what was the point in trusting those who knew the difference would not spread the word to everyone else and why so many family issues that Tristan was not briefed on?

Though this book was not all that I expected, I still found it engaging. The characters have interesting backgrounds and the historical setting is done well. I would recommend Alias Lord John to anyone who likes historical fiction and tales of early 19th century English life.

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About the author

I love history, particularly British, because I was born near Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood. I now live in Australia and re-imagine the Regency from afar. I write novels based on simmering passions and troubled inheritance – two ingredients for enchanting historical fiction. view profile

Published on October 16, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Romance

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