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A Regency romance on the high seas. 1811, HMS Deborah Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time i A Regency romance on the high seas. 1811, HMS Deborah Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. Determined to prove himself to his new captain, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the boy under his wing. Georgana quickly loses her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care, but needing to maintain her disguise as a cabin boy, she is convinced nothing can come of her affection. Georgana’s Secret is about two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.


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A Regency romance on the high seas. 1811, HMS Deborah Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time i A Regency romance on the high seas. 1811, HMS Deborah Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. Determined to prove himself to his new captain, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the boy under his wing. Georgana quickly loses her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care, but needing to maintain her disguise as a cabin boy, she is convinced nothing can come of her affection. Georgana’s Secret is about two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

30 review for Georgana's Secret

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    Georgana’s Secret is the standalone regency romance debut by Arlem Hawks, published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. Napoleonic Wars are raging and Navy captain’s daughter Georgana Woodall has been removed from her abusive grandmother’s care and is in disguise as a cabin boy on Her Majesty’s Navy vessel Deborah headed for Antigua. First Lieutenant Dominic Peyton takes cabin boy George under his wing. Through the dangerous French attacks on the vessel, they become close. Dominic suspects something Georgana’s Secret is the standalone regency romance debut by Arlem Hawks, published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. Napoleonic Wars are raging and Navy captain’s daughter Georgana Woodall has been removed from her abusive grandmother’s care and is in disguise as a cabin boy on Her Majesty’s Navy vessel Deborah headed for Antigua. First Lieutenant Dominic Peyton takes cabin boy George under his wing. Through the dangerous French attacks on the vessel, they become close. Dominic suspects something is up with the little cabin boy and there seems something strange about his family background. Main character Navy Captain’s daughter is Georgana Woodall. I feel desperately sorry for her having been exposed to her grandmother’s violence most of her life and is bullied by the other ship mates. But throughout the story she finds impressive strength and compassion within herself and she is my favorite of this story. Supporting character First Lieutenant Dominic Peyton seems a light hearted and happy person in total control of who he is and what his future holds. He seems to have slightly liberal views on propriety which impresses me. Events on the convoy mission challenge his view of life. This story reminds me of a movie favorite of mine, Master and Commander, which has similar setting aboard a British Navy vessel during Napoleonic Wars. I can’t remember having read any plot which deal with the combination of romance and nautical warfare quite like this. I know we are only at the beginning, but this unique story just might turn out to be one of my favorites this year. The beautiful writing intrigued and enthralled me. Descriptions were so vivid I felt transferred to the ship. It was hard to take a break to get some sleep. I just had to find what would happen next with Georgana and Dominic. I loved that there even was light hearted, amusing dialogue in places. It’s been a long time since a character has engaged me like Georgana. She seemed a well developed character with the perfect blend of human and believable. So relatable she could have lived next door. A little surprise gem was included as Georgana and Dominic enjoyed a little escape to a faraway beach in Antigua where they got to be alone together (Georgana being George). This part I felt was particularly well written and was my absolute favorite of the story. I am really excited to see what Arlem Hawks comes up with next and anyone who enjoys a great regency romance set at sea will love this. Similar authors to explore might be Sarah E. Ladd or Ronda Gibb Hinrichson. Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing, Arlem Hawks and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: This beautifully written, thoroughly engaging regency about Georgana who hides as a sailor trying to stay away from her violent grandmother, when she meets a man whose only love is the sea.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    I admit I requested this book off Netgalley based off the cover alone. The fact it’s a Proper Romance was a bonus because I’ve enjoyed their books before so I trust them to put out solid reading material. Georgana’s Secret is no exception. And when I realized it had themes of secret identity and romance on the high seas I was all in! Now I just wish someone could take me sailing. 😅

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Georgana’s Secret by Ariel Hawks was the very first book I chose to read for 2021. There has been an amazing growth and popularity for the readership of Regency romance as of late and I really wanted to read more of this genre this year. I am so glad I did, since I devoured this book over the holiday weekend - loving the characters and the exciting story of how Georgana’s disguise as George was discovered while a budding romance ensued. Georgana’s character stayed with me long after I read the b Georgana’s Secret by Ariel Hawks was the very first book I chose to read for 2021. There has been an amazing growth and popularity for the readership of Regency romance as of late and I really wanted to read more of this genre this year. I am so glad I did, since I devoured this book over the holiday weekend - loving the characters and the exciting story of how Georgana’s disguise as George was discovered while a budding romance ensued. Georgana’s character stayed with me long after I read the book. Her strength and determination really showed how she was a woman well ahead of her time and one of my favorite heroines in recent reads. Haws wrote a spellbinding proper Regency romance story set in the high seas 1811. I thought this was a fun read where a young woman, Georgana Woodall disguised herself as the Captain’s cabin boy ‘George’ to sail with his father, the Captain of the ship to escape her abusive grandmother whom she had to live with when her mother passed away. Leaving one abusive situation was quickly replaced by another, among the ships’ crew who was jealous of George’s favor with the Captain. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton witness to the bullying by some members of the crew takes George under his wing teaching self defense and survival skills while in the ship. What happens next is a sweet and tender romance as Dominic discovers Georgana’s secret. I thought the writing was immersive and rich in accurate historical detail. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this sweet story and amazing well written characters. The reality and hardship of life in the ship made me flinch and broke my heart for how a young woman chooses to remain in hiding to be with her father enduring all the abuse, rather than being in London society at the time. I really appreciated how Hawks wrote Georgana’s character so well into the story. I really loved and enjoyed this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I loved this story so much! This was the first book I read from this author and I didn't know what to expect, but I really liked her writing. This is a Regency story but it's set on a ship, which is very different from the usual balls and halls and all those other clichés. Georgana is on a ship captained by her father, and she's disguised as a cabin boy under the name of George. They've been doing this for three years, after her mother's death, to escape her grandmother's abuse. She guards this s I loved this story so much! This was the first book I read from this author and I didn't know what to expect, but I really liked her writing. This is a Regency story but it's set on a ship, which is very different from the usual balls and halls and all those other clichés. Georgana is on a ship captained by her father, and she's disguised as a cabin boy under the name of George. They've been doing this for three years, after her mother's death, to escape her grandmother's abuse. She guards this secret for her sake and her father's, even though this life is hard for her. Dominic is the new first lieutenant and he loves being on the high seas. When he witnesses the other boys harassing George, he comes to the his rescue. Slowly, a friendship forms between them, with him not knowing she's a young lady. Dominic's kindness is a balm to Georgana and her feelings for him change. The setting was amazing and I loved the interactions between Georgana and Dominic, especially later in the story. There was adventure, and peril, and beautiful moments that were a treat to read. The epilogue was so good! I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Wow! What a beautiful and wonderful book! If you're looking for the traditional Regency novel of courting and balls and parties and society, this is not that book. But it is such a great Regency book. Full of discovering one's self, finding confidence, caring for and serving your loved ones as well as those around you, adventures on the sea, hidden identity, standing up for yourself and others, compassion, friendship, healing, family, secret love, art, battles, struggles, sorrows, trust, and muc Wow! What a beautiful and wonderful book! If you're looking for the traditional Regency novel of courting and balls and parties and society, this is not that book. But it is such a great Regency book. Full of discovering one's self, finding confidence, caring for and serving your loved ones as well as those around you, adventures on the sea, hidden identity, standing up for yourself and others, compassion, friendship, healing, family, secret love, art, battles, struggles, sorrows, trust, and much, much more. The first chapter tears at your heart. Oh my heavens. I just wanted to gather up Georgana and comfort her. It gives so much insight into her heart and mind. Into her timidity and her taking on a secret identity. I loved watching her throughout the book. I loved her quiet observations of all around her. Her understanding of others' personalities and struggles. Her gentle and tender ways of reaching out and helping. Her desires of a safe and loving life. Her dreams of finding someone who will see her and love her. And I loved one gentle first lieutenant that was in this story. *Happy sigh* The descriptions in this book were so well written. I felt like I was there on the HMS Deborah, sailing on the ocean with these sailors and fighting the battles with them. Struggling with their struggles. I loved when characters would go climbing up the rigging (my pulse might have been racing as well afraid for them). The feel of the ocean spray, the smell of the salty brine. I was there and felt it all. The research for all the naval aspects and ship descriptions and sailor's responsibilities, was well done. I could tell that the author has a deep love and respect for her subject. I loved all the scenes with Georgana and Dominic. Their friendship and care for each other. The discovering of each other's hurts and pasts. All while keeping a secret identity. Oh, I loved it!!! So good. I might even be giggling over some of those scenes. Hahaha! You just need to read this one. If you love the sea or not, if you love Regency or not. If you enjoy books with characters who heal and grown, who are raw and need compassion, then this is your book. If you love sweet romances, never fear you'll find it all in here as well. I won't spoil anything. But you're gonna love it!!! I highly recommend this one for all readers. I can't wait to share it with my own teens. Content: Clean. Some moments of peril and battles at sea. Wounded men and a doctor caring for them. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    This book kept me enthralled from start to late-night finish. Georgana is used to rough men and even rougher women, so Dominic was like a ray of sunlight in her life. I loved his enthusiasm for the sea and his work, and his kind encouragement to George. Life on a wartime frigate was well-described without being overwhelmed by details. The author skillfully brought the setting to life and I felt like I was on the ship with the crew. It was easy to connect with the emotions of Georgana and Dominic This book kept me enthralled from start to late-night finish. Georgana is used to rough men and even rougher women, so Dominic was like a ray of sunlight in her life. I loved his enthusiasm for the sea and his work, and his kind encouragement to George. Life on a wartime frigate was well-described without being overwhelmed by details. The author skillfully brought the setting to life and I felt like I was on the ship with the crew. It was easy to connect with the emotions of Georgana and Dominic, and the friendship they form is natural for a boy and his mentor, easily developing into more as they learn more of each other's secrets and deepest feelings. The relationships they have with their family and other members of the crew rounded out the story well and brought additional layers and growth. While the pace is steady in the first part of the book, by the end I found myself quickly turning pages as the intensity of the action and plot increased. Highly recommend to fans of Carla Kelly, historical fiction, and Regency romance. Definitely one of my favorites of 2021! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    5⭐️ I wish I could give this 6 stars. It was so good. Loved, loved, loved it! I don’t even know how to start this....I can’t believe I haven’t read any books by this author and I’m trying to figure out how that’s even possible. She’s definitely a new favorite. I just want to say again that I absolutely adored this book. It was wonderful. The story was fluid, captivating and so real. The characters were well developed and bigger than life. I didn’t want to put it down and when I had to, I couldn’t 5⭐️ I wish I could give this 6 stars. It was so good. Loved, loved, loved it! I don’t even know how to start this....I can’t believe I haven’t read any books by this author and I’m trying to figure out how that’s even possible. She’s definitely a new favorite. I just want to say again that I absolutely adored this book. It was wonderful. The story was fluid, captivating and so real. The characters were well developed and bigger than life. I didn’t want to put it down and when I had to, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I really loved the romance, which wasn’t very physical but you could feel it crackling between them. The pace and intensity that built between them was perfect. I feel like a lot of authors have a hard time pulling this off but this author excelled in it. **Sigh** My favorite quote from the book: “Here’s to tall ships and small ships. Here’s to all the ships at sea. But the best ships are friendships”—he gave her a wink—“and may they always be.” ~Lieutenant Peyton I highly recommend this. Please believe me when I say it was a wonderful story. Thank you Shadow Mountain via Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Oh my goodness, y’all! My 2021 reading has been fabulous so far and Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks was no exception! I was completely enthralled with this story from beginning to end and experienced the whole gamut of emotions as I read. Let’s start with swoony Dominic, shall we? Since he doesn’t know for about half of the book that ship boy, third class “George” is really “Georgana” the captain’s daughter, we get to see Dominic’s character as it intrinsically is. I really loved getting this ki Oh my goodness, y’all! My 2021 reading has been fabulous so far and Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks was no exception! I was completely enthralled with this story from beginning to end and experienced the whole gamut of emotions as I read. Let’s start with swoony Dominic, shall we? Since he doesn’t know for about half of the book that ship boy, third class “George” is really “Georgana” the captain’s daughter, we get to see Dominic’s character as it intrinsically is. I really loved getting this kind of glimpse at a hero, when he’s just being himself and not trying to impress someone or win a lady’s heart. And he is the best kind of hero – a man of deep integrity, a man who stands up for the underdog & the bullied, a man of courage & leadership, and a man who loves deeply (whether it’s the sea or his mother… or a young lady masquerading as a cabin boy). And when he does realize that this boy he’s befriended is really Georgana & his affection begins to quickly deepen into love, hold on to your fan because – SWOON. Georgana is a delightful heroine in her own right. And while she fled from one prison (her grandmother’s care) to another (masquerading as a boy on a ship full of sailors) she retains a soft heart, a courageous spirit, and more strength than even she realizes. We get to watch her fall in love with Dominic long before he realizes he’s falling in love with her, and I loved being an observer to her heart in this way. It reminds us that she is in fact very much a woman with all the dreams that go along with that, and it also honestly made me fall in love with Dominic even more as a hero – to see him through her eyes. Bottom Line: Set sail for a grand adventure on the high seas with a dashing hero, a brave heroine and the power of love. From dangerous sea battles to heart-in-your-throat scenes of life and death, you won’t be able to stop reading Georgana’s Secret until you’ve reached the last word. This was my first read by author Arlem Hawks but it won’t be my last! I’m already making plans to binge read her backlist of novellas. This was a beautifully written story with layered characters, daring action, and swoony romance. Highly recommended! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    It was so refreshing to read this regency, set on a ship on the high seas. I loved the change in scenery and feel of the story. The author did a great job in describing things so I could imagine in my mind what was happening, how it looked and even how it felt. Georgana is a character that pulls at your heartstrings. She has endured so much and yet still remains loyal to her father and soft in all the ways that count. Her longings touched me and I wished I were there to wrap her up in love. I lo It was so refreshing to read this regency, set on a ship on the high seas. I loved the change in scenery and feel of the story. The author did a great job in describing things so I could imagine in my mind what was happening, how it looked and even how it felt. Georgana is a character that pulls at your heartstrings. She has endured so much and yet still remains loyal to her father and soft in all the ways that count. Her longings touched me and I wished I were there to wrap her up in love. I loved seeing her blossom under kindness. Dominic is a kind man. I wish there were more people like him. He is observant and quick thinking and has a passion for the ocean and sailing. It was so easy to like him. I loved how the story progressed gently but picked up in intensity as things moved forward. There was a battle, a violent storm and even some mutiny to liven things up. It kept me engaged and interested all the way through. This is the first time I've read a book by this author. I look forward to reading more by her. Content: mild peril, mild violence, bullying, death. Kissing. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    A Lovely Nautical Historical Romance Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks is a lovely nautical historical romance with a sweet and protective Lieutenant and a brave but frightened third-class cabin boy (actually, a girl). Georgana was the daughter of a Royal Navy Captain and suffered her whole life the abuse inflicted by her paternal grandmother every time her father was at sea. Seeing her after a severe beating, her father decided to take her with him to his ship. To keep her safe and preserve her rep A Lovely Nautical Historical Romance Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks is a lovely nautical historical romance with a sweet and protective Lieutenant and a brave but frightened third-class cabin boy (actually, a girl). Georgana was the daughter of a Royal Navy Captain and suffered her whole life the abuse inflicted by her paternal grandmother every time her father was at sea. Seeing her after a severe beating, her father decided to take her with him to his ship. To keep her safe and preserve her reputation, her father disguised her as a third-class cabin boy. She stayed on the ship for three years, but things were getting difficult because she was bullied by the other cabin boys that understandably resented the special treatment she received from the captain. When the second Lieutenant of the ship died, Lieutenant Peyton came in his place. Peyton saw in Georgana a frightened boy and decided he would help him defend himself from the bullies. He also noticed the boy did not enjoy life at sea and put on his mind to convince the captain to place him somewhere on land after their journey was over. Slowly Georgana started to open up to Peyton’s care and affection, but she knew he only saw a boy while she began to have romantic feelings towards him. Georgana’s Secret is a lovely slow-burn romance. It was so sweet to see them getting to know one another, establish a strong friendship bond, and then connect in the deepest level. I loved how all the story takes place onboard a ship—the daily struggles, the companionship, the illnesses, the sorrow, the deaths, the pain. Lieutenant Peyton is the perfect hero. Lovely, sensible, honorable, and kind. Georgana is a person marked by her life experiences, but strong and determined to make a better future for herself. I loved every page of this lovely tale, and I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author. Highly Recommended! Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *For more reviews, book art, and book-related articles, please visit https://lureviewsbooks.com *

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    ***4.5 stars*** I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this story. I wasn't expecting to become entranced with a story that takes place on the sea during the Regency Era. Georgana (aka George) is a young woman (lad) who has an abusive grandmother. When her mother passes away her Captain father takes her (him) as part of his crew. She must remain hidden, no one can know that the Captain's daughter is aboard the ship. Dominic Peyton has just become the First Lieutenant on the Deborah. He discov ***4.5 stars*** I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this story. I wasn't expecting to become entranced with a story that takes place on the sea during the Regency Era. Georgana (aka George) is a young woman (lad) who has an abusive grandmother. When her mother passes away her Captain father takes her (him) as part of his crew. She must remain hidden, no one can know that the Captain's daughter is aboard the ship. Dominic Peyton has just become the First Lieutenant on the Deborah. He discovers a cabin boy, named George who is abused by the other boys on the ship. The Captain doesn't give George the same share of duties and many see him as a poor excuse for a boy in the Navy. He decides to take the young man under his wing and teach him to defend himself. There are so many moments that made me laugh. Georgana is trying to hide the fact that she is a girl and attracted to Lieutenant Peyton. (Oh dear!) It doesn't take long for the Lieutenant to start figuring things are not quite what they seem to be. The book describes the hard life at sea: the poor diet, cramped quarters, naval hierarchy, the threat of mutiny, and war. It isn't the place for a girl trying to fit in as a boy. I loved the characters, the setting, the premise, everything about this book made me happy. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Happy Reading Watching

    (Reread 1/9/21) Still loved it ♡ This Book Was Everything I Didn't Know I Wanted!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reread Worth 👏 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐚'𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 (𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲) 𝐁𝐲 𝐀𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐇𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐬 𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏/𝟏𝟐/𝟐𝟎 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬: 𝟑𝟐𝟎 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤, 𝐢𝐭'𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐣𝐮𝐦𝐩 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐧! 𝐖𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥. 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞𝐬,  𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐫𝐚𝐩 𝐮𝐩. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐢𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝. 𝐆𝐞 (Reread 1/9/21) Still loved it ♡ This Book Was Everything I Didn't Know I Wanted!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reread Worth 👏 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐚'𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 (𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲) 𝐁𝐲 𝐀𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐇𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐬 𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏/𝟏𝟐/𝟐𝟎 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬: 𝟑𝟐𝟎 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤, 𝐢𝐭'𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐣𝐮𝐦𝐩 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐧! 𝐖𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥. 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞𝐬,  𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐫𝐚𝐩 𝐮𝐩. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐢𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝. 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐚'𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲, 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐈 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨. 𝐀𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐚 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞! 𝐀𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐇𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐫, 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩, 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬, 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟, 𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬  𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤. 𝐈 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐨 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞! 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐚 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐇𝐚𝐰𝐤𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬!!! Thank you to Shadow Mountain for the ARC All opinions, thoughts are my own. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    *** Many thanks to Laurel @ Austenprose for tour invite and author and publisher for providing review copy via NetGalley. *** Georgana’s Secret was lovely and interesting regency romance that revolved around Georgana Woodall and Lieutenant Dominic Peyton’s love story taking place at high seas aboard HMS Deborah. It was about Navy life, struggle and dangers of living on ship, standing up for yourself, letting go of past, finding self-confidence, compassion, caring for loved ones, friendship and lo *** Many thanks to Laurel @ Austenprose for tour invite and author and publisher for providing review copy via NetGalley. *** Georgana’s Secret was lovely and interesting regency romance that revolved around Georgana Woodall and Lieutenant Dominic Peyton’s love story taking place at high seas aboard HMS Deborah. It was about Navy life, struggle and dangers of living on ship, standing up for yourself, letting go of past, finding self-confidence, compassion, caring for loved ones, friendship and love. What I loved most was detailed description of HMS Deborah. It was interesting to read life at sea and challenge of convoy mission in era of Napoleonic war. Storm, disease, battle, insubordination, crew’s displeasure and even mutiny made story atmospheric. Romance gave light touch to it. It was slow and steady. I enjoyed reading Gergana and Dominic’s friendship, their growing relationship, strong bond, and conversations between them. They understood each other well and I loved how they cared for each other. Overall, Georgana’s Secret was unique, engaging, and well written historical fiction and regency romance with high sea adventure and interesting characters. Reda full review by following this link- https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2021/...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Nothing like a snow day on Wednesday to wash floors, do laundry, and READ!! This Regency Romance set on the high seas definitely had me hooked. The characters of Georgana and Dominic were interesting and I liked that the chapters were told from both of their perspectives. This was my first Arlem Hawks read but it certainly will not be my last. Publication Date 12/01/21 Goodreads review published Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Nothing like a snow day on Wednesday to wash floors, do laundry, and READ!! This Regency Romance set on the high seas definitely had me hooked. The characters of Georgana and Dominic were interesting and I liked that the chapters were told from both of their perspectives. This was my first Arlem Hawks read but it certainly will not be my last. Publication Date 12/01/21 Goodreads review published 05/02/21

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Fordham

    I loved that this regency book took us to a different setting (on board a ship). Hidden identity, a little action, a little romance- made for an engaging read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    This book was definitely captivating with an air of danger and adventure on the sea. The characters were interesting and I loved how much character development was packed into this story. I would have been happy to see a bit more romance in this book. The plot just didn’t really allow for that to happen for reasons that will be obvious as the reader progresses in the story, but I craved more romance. It was full of action and there were a lot of intense moments that really kept me invested in th This book was definitely captivating with an air of danger and adventure on the sea. The characters were interesting and I loved how much character development was packed into this story. I would have been happy to see a bit more romance in this book. The plot just didn’t really allow for that to happen for reasons that will be obvious as the reader progresses in the story, but I craved more romance. It was full of action and there were a lot of intense moments that really kept me invested in the story. I did enjoy how the author allowed Gorgiana’s characters to really find her confidence and self worth by the end of this journey. I would happily try more from this author!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This is the story of Georgana, disguised as a cabin boy to her captain father, and Dominic, the new first lieutenant. It is a cute story. The writing is solid, and the characters are good. There were some character inconsistencies that were not explained to my personal satisfaction, but I don’t think they would bother most other readers. There is some depth to this story, which is nice. I felt like the main focus was on life in the navy. So there is a certain amount of violence and roughness. The This is the story of Georgana, disguised as a cabin boy to her captain father, and Dominic, the new first lieutenant. It is a cute story. The writing is solid, and the characters are good. There were some character inconsistencies that were not explained to my personal satisfaction, but I don’t think they would bother most other readers. There is some depth to this story, which is nice. I felt like the main focus was on life in the navy. So there is a certain amount of violence and roughness. The romance, therefore, took a backseat, and that was rather unsatisfying. To be fair, though, I’m not sure it could have been otherwise considering the situation.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    Adventurous and unique Life isn't all ballgowns and happiness in this book, but that's not a bad thing at all. A Regency romance on the high seas during war was a very interesting way to find adventure and love. More than once, I found myself feeling very anxious over the events and I was completely invested in this tale. Georgana is disguised as a boy on a ship that her father captain's for a few different reasons and when the new lieutenant, Dominic, takes her under his wing to help her learn th Adventurous and unique Life isn't all ballgowns and happiness in this book, but that's not a bad thing at all. A Regency romance on the high seas during war was a very interesting way to find adventure and love. More than once, I found myself feeling very anxious over the events and I was completely invested in this tale. Georgana is disguised as a boy on a ship that her father captain's for a few different reasons and when the new lieutenant, Dominic, takes her under his wing to help her learn the ways of Navy life, she's smitten. Between Georgana's stubborn strength and Dominic's caring determination, I was held hostage to this story. Life on a Navy ship isn't easy at all and I felt that I was given a fairly accurate glimpse into that life. I loved the adventure, danger, and camaraderie, especially the relationship between Georgana and Dominic, but the power struggles and death were hard. I appreciated the balance of information and emotion, and felt that a very well-rounded story was delivered. I loved the uniqueness of this book and Hawks has an excellent way of telling a believable and engaging story. Content: mild romance; mild+ moments of danger, violence, death *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    I love when I read a new Proper Romance novel. This Proper Romance was a huge treat in that it was so different from other Regency Romances. Georgana's Secret has some heartbreaking aspects in that the main character Georgana had a trauma filled childhood. Her father was always away at sea, her mother died when she was young, and her Grandmother was abusive to her. Her father finally finds out about the abuse when he comes home to see the evidence and steals her away to his ship. She becomes his I love when I read a new Proper Romance novel. This Proper Romance was a huge treat in that it was so different from other Regency Romances. Georgana's Secret has some heartbreaking aspects in that the main character Georgana had a trauma filled childhood. Her father was always away at sea, her mother died when she was young, and her Grandmother was abusive to her. Her father finally finds out about the abuse when he comes home to see the evidence and steals her away to his ship. She becomes his "cabin boy" and starts a new life on the sea. The other main character is Lieutenant Dominic Peyton whom I loved from the start. He is kind and loving to his mother, so I knew I was going to love Dominic. It was no surprise that when he came on board and found the timid cabin boy "George" that he took him under his wing. It is beautiful how Georgana and Dominic became close as friends that leads to a great love. This story is sweet but it also has its share of bad guys that cause problems for Georgana, Dominic, and her father, the Captain. Jarvis is about as bad as they come. He makes your blood boil many times during the novel. This novel is a journey of a sweet girl, who had to grow up too soon, and desperately wanted her dreams to come true. It's nice to see her change as she learns to trust and believe in others. I enjoyed this book a lot and know that other Regency lovers will want to read this book. If you like to read about adventures on the high sea, pirates, war, mutiny, and falling in love, Georgana's Secret will be a great read for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Swoony Awards

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading books on the high seas of late. This novel is set in 1811 on the HMS Deborah--a ship in the English royal navy. This is the first novel I've read by this author and I'm very happy with the story! George is a cabin boy on the ship, but in reality, he is a young woman in disguise. Georgana fled the abusive clutches of her grandmother to live on the ship with her father, Captain Woodall. Although she is free from the abuse of her grandmother, she has to endure ship I have thoroughly enjoyed reading books on the high seas of late. This novel is set in 1811 on the HMS Deborah--a ship in the English royal navy. This is the first novel I've read by this author and I'm very happy with the story! George is a cabin boy on the ship, but in reality, he is a young woman in disguise. Georgana fled the abusive clutches of her grandmother to live on the ship with her father, Captain Woodall. Although she is free from the abuse of her grandmother, she has to endure ship life among 300 men, all while safely guarding her secret identity. The detail and description of ship life and the layout of the ship showcases the author’s research and attention to detail. The HMS Deborah came to life as did all of her crew as I read of Georgana’s adventures and heart-stopping encounters with Lieutenant Dominic Peyton. Dominic is the first person in three years to pay attention to young George and help “him” learn to stand up for himself against the bullying of other cabin boys. A friendship forms and no matter how hard Georgana tries, she can’t stop herself from falling for the handsome Lieutenant. What will he do when he discovers her secret? And is there any chance of a normal life for Georgana? I think you’ll enjoy this book. It was riveting with plenty of action and adventure circling through the clean romance. I highly recommend this Proper Romance!

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    I have had really good luck with Shadow Mountain Press’s romances. They are proper and sweet and I have enjoyed almost every single one that I have read. So whenever I see a new one up for review, I usually grab at it because they are always well written and enjoyable. This one sounded really interesting, as a girl hiding in plain sight on a ship disguised as a boy who ends up falling in love with one of the officers. This particular publisher is kind of off the beaten path, it’s obviously not a I have had really good luck with Shadow Mountain Press’s romances. They are proper and sweet and I have enjoyed almost every single one that I have read. So whenever I see a new one up for review, I usually grab at it because they are always well written and enjoyable. This one sounded really interesting, as a girl hiding in plain sight on a ship disguised as a boy who ends up falling in love with one of the officers. This particular publisher is kind of off the beaten path, it’s obviously not a huge powerhouse of romance novels like Harlequin or Thomas Nelson which is known for its sweet or proper romances, but the romances I have read from Shadow Mountain have always been believable and full of chemistry. I am happy to report that this book lived up to those expectations I had of this publishing house. While I did love this romance there were times when I was shocked that some of the characters didn’t leap to other conclusions about George and Dominic. There was much of the story where I was thinking to myself……so if everyone thinks George is a boy, why aren’t they thinking that Dominic and George aren’t lovers. It was difficult to imagine that no one thought that from the get go, but in the end this was a mild thing for me. If you like historical romances that are more proper in nature you need to check out some of their titles! Let me start out by saying that the setting was wonderful. I thought that having the romance set on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars was such a great choice. I loved the setting and all the exoticness and adventure of the story. All of the maritime details truly made this story stand out to me. I am not really a lover of sailing but I fully believe in the romance of the sea and in this book the author captured the magic of that feeling. I loved how authentic the story felt too. Not just the romance, but the time period setting. The author clearly did some research for this one. The author knows a lot about sailing or she researched the shit out of it. I loved that she incorporated all the different terms of the era. It really brought the ship, characters, and sea to life. On more than one occasion I went down a rabbit hole of research because I had no idea what a frigate ship looked like or what the rank Master and Commander meant compared to a Captain. The next thing I knew I was researching all the maritime things. But as much research as the author put into this one, there were times that I think some things needed to be cleared up. I would have liked to have had more of a description of what a frigate was compared to a schooner. Does one have a single mast or maybe one has three? I wasn’t sure so I would stop reading to Google what those things were so I could have a better, more clear picture in my head. I would have liked to have seen her give a little more context to the descriptions as well as some of the historical details. Another example was when the crew came upon an American vessel and they had to board to inspect the ship…..I didn’t really understand why that happened historically. Same when the crew wanted to come home with prizes, what exactly did that mean? Why were ships attacking merchant vessels? While there was a substantial amount of historical research in this one, there were times that it brought about more questions than answers for me. The chemistry between George and Dominic was believable and I loved how they developed a friendship first and as the story went on it became something more. As I mentioned before there were times when I was like……why is no one questioning if they are gay lovers? But ultimately I felt satisfied with their romance and friendship and how things progressed in-spite of the questions I had. Dominic was heroic, brave, and kind. It was hard not to love him and I loved watching George come into her own and break free of some of her self doubt all thanks to Dominic. This was a wonderful romance that was a quick and easy read with lots of rich historical details. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the historical details throughout. If you prefer sweet romances this is a great title and a wonderful story to check out. See my full review here

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Wow! This book is simply exceptional! It is romantic, adventurous, warm-hearted, and such a beautiful story. Whenever I picked up "Georgana's Secret", I was whisked away on an adventure on the high-seas, and could not put this book down! This is the first book I have read by Arlem Hawks, and it most certainly will not be my last, as she has become one of my favorite authors! Her storytelling and world-building is spectacular, and I can only imagine the amount of research she must have done. From Wow! This book is simply exceptional! It is romantic, adventurous, warm-hearted, and such a beautiful story. Whenever I picked up "Georgana's Secret", I was whisked away on an adventure on the high-seas, and could not put this book down! This is the first book I have read by Arlem Hawks, and it most certainly will not be my last, as she has become one of my favorite authors! Her storytelling and world-building is spectacular, and I can only imagine the amount of research she must have done. From many historical aspects of the Regency Era to various aspects of life at sea, each and every part of this book felt incredibly real and authentic to the time period. I could hear the waves crashing against the shore, felt the sway of the ocean, and so much more. Her characters also all spring to life off of the page, and I could envision each and every one through the many twists and turns of the story. Georgana is so kind, compassionate, strong, brave, loving, and loyal. After her mother's death, she is taken to sea by her father, who is a captain, to help her escape her abusive grandmother. Disguised as a cabin boy, she never could have imagined what would happen, and what she will lose and gain along the way. Lieutenant Peyton is such a compassionate, caring, and brave man. When he decides to take cabin boy George (or so he thinks!) under his wing, never in his wildest dreams could he imagine who George really is, or what happens next. (Possible Spoilers!) I found myself rooting for Georgana and Peyton from the very start. Both are such kind-hearted and caring people, and they truly understand one another. They support one another in every possible way, and are there for each other through the good, bad, and everything in between. From friends to something more, their relationship develops beautifully, and I loved reading it so much. If you enjoy regency romance and / or historical romance, I highly recommend this book! I have so looked forward to reading this book for a long time, and it did not disappoint. And the end left me simply swooning oh my goodness! I absolutely loved it! Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC of this novel, I so enjoyed it! All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Please Note: The author does deal with some heavier topics in the book, and, I believe, she does this with great care and respect.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynsy

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I learned so much about ships while reading this book! I had to keep Googling things, but I definitely feel more knowledgeable now. I really loved both Georgana and Dominic as characters and thought they worked well together. Georgana is so strong, Dominic is so good, and I loved watching them fall for each other after they become friends. Full review at Little Book Jockey The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I learned so much about ships while reading this book! I had to keep Googling things, but I definitely feel more knowledgeable now. I really loved both Georgana and Dominic as characters and thought they worked well together. Georgana is so strong, Dominic is so good, and I loved watching them fall for each other after they become friends. Full review at Little Book Jockey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Books and Socks Rock

    I love the Proper Romance line books and this most definitely earns its spot in top books! It has action, a sweet friendship to love and is perfectly worded to carry you into sea and seascapes. ⚓️ While there’s a lot on boat terms that was confusing at first, I don’t think it took away from the book. I do wish there was a diagram for a better idea of what things look like. You are thrown into life at sea, following Georgana and Dominic. ⚓️ Georgana also known as George on the boat, is disguised as I love the Proper Romance line books and this most definitely earns its spot in top books! It has action, a sweet friendship to love and is perfectly worded to carry you into sea and seascapes. ⚓️ While there’s a lot on boat terms that was confusing at first, I don’t think it took away from the book. I do wish there was a diagram for a better idea of what things look like. You are thrown into life at sea, following Georgana and Dominic. ⚓️ Georgana also known as George on the boat, is disguised as a cabin boy aboard her father’s ship. They’ve kept this secret going for 3 years but the first lieutenant’s kindness is unexpected. She can’t dare any attention in case someone discovers her secret. ⚓️ Dominic hates leaving his mother every time they leave and she encourages him to find a bride when he returns. How can he ever hope to find a woman who understands his love of the sea? He’s been in the navy for 14 years and doesn’t see it changing anytime soon. He remembers being a cabin boy and working his way up. Poor little George gets bullied by the crew, he just needs someone to how him how to stand up for himself. He’s small for his size though. ⚓️ I couldn’t put this book down! It was so different from the other regency books I’ve read, even when they’re on a ship. The friendship was sweet to watch. And I had no idea how this was going to end. It was a crazy few months at sea! ⚓️ Arlem has true talent and I can’t wait to see what other books she writes! This is her debut novel and the book cover is gorgeous!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Wow. What a different way to have a love story. It was so fun to get to see the view from a ship in that time. And to have a woman pose as a cabin boy would be crazy, not only today but especially then. I loved to see how the ship was run and the true kindness in most people's hearts. I loved Lieutenant Peyton taking the cabin boy under his wing and the budding romance that developed in disguise. In the end, it's a perfect match for so many reasons. This would be a great story to kick off the ne Wow. What a different way to have a love story. It was so fun to get to see the view from a ship in that time. And to have a woman pose as a cabin boy would be crazy, not only today but especially then. I loved to see how the ship was run and the true kindness in most people's hearts. I loved Lieutenant Peyton taking the cabin boy under his wing and the budding romance that developed in disguise. In the end, it's a perfect match for so many reasons. This would be a great story to kick off the new year with.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lorin Grace

    Such a fun book and unexpected premiss. A friend told me I needed to read/review this book and she was right. I hadn't read Arlem Hawks books before but I will be looking for this author again. She achieved something that tis truely difficult to do in a Regency romance which is a new setting that avoided many of the Regency tropes. Disguised as a cabin boy using the name of George. Georgana's father keeps her safely on board until Dominic sees through her disguise... The dialog and descriptions wer Such a fun book and unexpected premiss. A friend told me I needed to read/review this book and she was right. I hadn't read Arlem Hawks books before but I will be looking for this author again. She achieved something that tis truely difficult to do in a Regency romance which is a new setting that avoided many of the Regency tropes. Disguised as a cabin boy using the name of George. Georgana's father keeps her safely on board until Dominic sees through her disguise... The dialog and descriptions were wonderful. and the story was tied up nicely with a satisfying epilogue. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks is an excellent historical fiction romance that was such a joy to read. This book was so unique, refreshing, uplifting, and truly a breath of fresh air. I loved the concept and plot of Georgana going undercover as a young boy, George Taylor, under father’s watch on his ship, HMS Deborah. The dynamics of Captain Woodall, Georgana, the men on the ship, and newly added Lt. Dominic Peyton was brilliant. The character cast was well-developed, the plot well-thought out Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks is an excellent historical fiction romance that was such a joy to read. This book was so unique, refreshing, uplifting, and truly a breath of fresh air. I loved the concept and plot of Georgana going undercover as a young boy, George Taylor, under father’s watch on his ship, HMS Deborah. The dynamics of Captain Woodall, Georgana, the men on the ship, and newly added Lt. Dominic Peyton was brilliant. The character cast was well-developed, the plot well-thought out, and the suspense and outcome placed at the end-perfect. I loved how both Dominic and Georgana (as well as several others) were able to learn, grow, adapt, find themselves, and find support, love, forgiveness, and acceptance in each other. There were so many wonderful relationships represented. I loved the time: early 1800s The place: Portsmouth, England, but mainly aboard the ship on the seas. I learned so much about the workings of a ship, the job positions, the battles, the grit and determination it took to survive, thrive, and find a satisfying life in the Royal Navy. Most of all, I loved Georgana and Dominic. The incomplete characters with strong moral compasses, unsure of themselves and the love that they found through first friendship, truly wonderful. Both seem to bring out the best in each other. I loved the respect, the mutual interests, the loyalties, and of course the love that they developed with one another. The ending was just perfect. Truly one of the best books I have read in a long time. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a in depth look at life at sea in the English Navy. The author does a good job of giving you a very clear picture without adding too much detail/history that would bog a story like this down. It is a slow moving romance that really was a little too slow for me. There could have been some chopping down of the first half of the story. I thought the author did a good job with the characters. I could have had a little more lightheartedness tho. There was just such a sad feeling in the first This was a in depth look at life at sea in the English Navy. The author does a good job of giving you a very clear picture without adding too much detail/history that would bog a story like this down. It is a slow moving romance that really was a little too slow for me. There could have been some chopping down of the first half of the story. I thought the author did a good job with the characters. I could have had a little more lightheartedness tho. There was just such a sad feeling in the first half of the book. The second half was much funner to read and had some good movement. This is a sweet story with a little violence, some fighting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really enjoyed this regency romance. It is very different from your average story in this genre because the majority of it takes place on a naval ship. I really liked the hero. He was very swoony and strong in character. It had enough information about the boat and navy to keep it historical without giving too much to make that the focus. It was a slow romance, which at times I wished would move a little faster, but I realize under the circumstances it couldn't really. But that made it sweet a I really enjoyed this regency romance. It is very different from your average story in this genre because the majority of it takes place on a naval ship. I really liked the hero. He was very swoony and strong in character. It had enough information about the boat and navy to keep it historical without giving too much to make that the focus. It was a slow romance, which at times I wished would move a little faster, but I realize under the circumstances it couldn't really. But that made it sweet also because they really got to know each other better. There was a lot of action and emotion. Great book! I recommend it.

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