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Close to the Wind

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Georgiana da Silva is catapulted out of the Victorian drawing rooms and into a world of danger when she escapes her fiendish fiance to engage in a mad dash across the world to save her brother before an unknown assassin can find him. Meanwhile, Captain Harry Trent is setting sail for New Zealand. With a mission to complete and the law on his heels, he's got enough trouble ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Choc Lit (first published August 29th 2013)
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✨ Gramy ✨
If you like Victorian historical romance intertwined with sailors on the sea, then this would be a good choice!

This book is entertaining and a quick read filled with action, adventure, deceit, and mystery. Is anyone who they claim to be?

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Georgiana da Silva is catapulted out of the Victorian drawing rooms and into a world of danger when she escapes her fiendish fiancé to engage in a mad dash across the world to save her brother before an unknown assassin can find him. Mea
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High Sea Adventures/Heroine disguises herself as a boy
Setting: 1868 England
Steam Factor: Mild

Eager to marry and escape living with her aunt, Georgiana da Silva is shocked to learn the real reason her cousin wants to marry her. Then also comes the knowledge that her brother's life is in danger, so Georgiana seeks out a way to reach him in New Zealand. So the only way to do that is to disguise herself as a boy and attempt to sail with Captain Harry Trent. And although he turns her away, circumstances happen to lead her to accompany him anyway and soo
Georgiana da Silva secretly performed as an actor(not actress), living under the care of her aunt in a Victorian mansions,after both her parents died and her brother gone to New Zealand to strike his fortune on the gold fields. She was engaged to be married to her cousin, but discovered a shocking secret urging her to join a ship to New Zealand, disguised as a young boy. She had to safe her brother's life.

Captain Harry had a secret of his own and a reason to flee England in a hurry. He did not h
Tara Chevrestt
I really enjoyed this heroine. She's a lady who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to head out an attain it, even if it requires her to be poor, lose status, dress as a boy, or even give up love. She also fights for those she loves and strives to be by her brother's side when he needs her.

She never picks up a sword or a pistol and finds herself in distress more than once, but she's strong.

In a nutshell, you have a former circus performer now orphaned and jilted by her fiancee (in a way) and s
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-enough-heat

"Tonight she’d shattered his defenses . Now all she had to do was storm his scruples, the last stronghold of his heart."

So here I go...I was attempting to fulfill two requirements for two different reading challenges in one book. I went searching for an historical romance which takes place in New Zealand. To my happy surprise I found this author and this book. I am always up for something new to read so I dug right in.

Now I must qualify that my tastes in romance whether lighter and sweeter to da
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical romance novels set in unusual locations and this book ticked all the right boxes. With the resourceful heroine disguising herself as a boy to work on board a ship bound for New Zealand, there is plenty of adventure, and her unusual abilities added extra enjoyment. She’s not your average young miss and her past has made her more resilient than most. The hero – captain of the ship – is perfect and you find yourself falling in love with him as soon as he appears on the page. He ha ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a bit fussy with my historical romance. This one didn't do it for me but I did enjoy the story. A little rushed at the end and ended in a nice tidy little package. Too tidy maybe for me. I need a lot more romance and steam in my historical stories. Nevertheless, it's a 3.1 star. ...more
Book Chatter-Cath
"It doesn't seem fair that New Zealand should have quite so many beautiful corners tucked away..." (Close to the Wind by Zana Bell)

I love a great historical romance, so when I was offered Close to the Wind for review I jumped at the chance; I can't say I've ever read a historical that is partially set in little old New Zealand!

The story starts off in 1860’s England with our heroine blissfully unaware of the turmoil and danger that is about to turn her already far from perfect world upside down.

Janell Sutherland
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved so many things about this book! It begins in England in 1868, when 19-yr-old Georgiana overhears her fiancé and his business partner discussing some shady business. Because of what she hears, Georgiana decides that she must get to New Zealand immediately and check up on her brother, who went down there in search of gold.

Then comes one of my favorite tropes: girl masquerading as boy! On a ship, no less! Harry is the dashing captain of a swarthy crew, wanted by the law, off to New Zealand
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Not my usual era of books to be honest as referring back in time with no real references doesn't leave me with much knowledge about the scenes depicted in this book, although I did find this book a really good enthralling read the scenes were described so clearly it took you back to the time it was set, the emotions so clearly depicted in the writing of the author, the twists and turns of the story captured my interest and easily held my attention, was well worth going out of my comfort zone to ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a huge fan of historical fiction unless it's the Tudors and Stuarts era of British History, although I'm happy to give them a try. This book was set in the 1860's in the UK, Madeira, South Africa and New Zealand. The travel aspect of the novel obviously intrigued me.

This story could have virtually been true to life. Having researched family trees and being a keen genealogist, I have come across similar tales of heroism. It was thoroughly well researched if that is the case.

Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A real swashbuckling romance for true escapists. It has everything a good love story needs - a likeable feisty heroine, a handsome dashing hero full of angst and charm and smouldering good looks, a mystery and rather gripping background story, lots of danger and many subtle innuendoes and snatched chaste kisses.

We first meet Georgiana as she is climbing a tree back to her bedroom after sneaking out of the home of her unloving Aunt - to follow her hobby as a stage actress! and this sets the tone
Rating should be two and a half stars.

Georgiana de Silva flees England for New Zealand in search of her brother, Thomas. She disguises herself as a boy and gains passage on a ship working as a deck hand. Captain Harry Trent takes her/him under his wing, but Georgiana fears Harry may not be the honest upstanding man he appears to be.

This book is perfect for readers who enjoy romance novels. While the underlying story is interesting and both the male and female protagonist are likeable the focus o
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Close to the Wind by Zana Bell is an adventure that begins in England in 1868 when a nineteen-year-old Georgiana da Silva overhears her fiancé Jasper discussing a plot to murder her beloved brother Charlie, who is prospecting for gold in New Zealand.

She flees her aunt’s home in Victorian England, vowing to reach Charlie before his killer does. Masquerading as a young lad, Georgie, she persuades her way on board a ship, Sally, which is sailing for New Zealand, intending to work as a cabin boy. Th
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was a little hesitant to read this book because I really didn't know what to expect. I figured it would be your typical girl tries to do boy things but I will say that it definitely is not! This book is fantastic and pulls you in right from the beginning. The story is amazing and throughout the whole book, you get great visuals of the people and the places and you feel like you're right there along with them the whole time! It's not your typical book at all, it's a girl who does things that sh ...more
I love pirates. I mean, I REALLY love pirates so this epic swashbuckling adventure was always going to be my cup of tea but the book if so crammed full of incident, romance and strong characters that I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it.

To save her brother from being assassinated for his fortune made in the gold rush in New Zealand, Georgiana De Silva escapes her home, dresses like a boy and charms her way into the crew of a pirate ship in a bid to warn him. Taken under the wing of the brave a
Blodeuedd Finland
What does a woman do who wants to travel to the other side of the world do when it's the 1800's and she is like I said a woman....I am not gonna spell it out but you guessed right. Well I hope you did, she is honorable after all. Naughty readers. Lol

Anyhow, Georgiana is to marry her cousin, yay?...not so yay after all. Her brother is in New Zeeland and she is, different, yes very different cos of her upbringing. She was a bit of fresh air (again I will not say anything cos I am horrid that way w
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I found this gem for free iTunes
I wasn't expecting much, free books that are good are like finding a needle in a haystack but this particular book was the needle
Loved it from cover to cover
Only negative comment is that I thought Harry was a strange name for a sea captain/earl but I guess back in the day it was probably a grand old name
I loved georgie, strong female character that stayed strong and was not pushed around by all the men she as surrounded by is a very rare thing in
Lara Allan
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I loved every minute of this book - it was the sort of book I would read whenever I could - sneaking 5 mins here and there - it was fast moving and had a clever plot with a good twist at the end. Having just read the Luminaries I enjoyed the NZ gold / early settlers theme. I will definitely read her next book and suggest to friends they read this!!
Liz Willoughby
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous novel set in New Zealand in gold rush times. A must read.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
It will swash your buckles.
Christine Ditzel
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-read
A fun romance filled with adventure and strong female characters. It was highly enjoyable and I could not put it down. It was well worth only getting three hours of sleep!
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantice
'A new world looped within a perfectly circular horizon, under the command of an autocratic captain whose smile could stop her breath.'

It's 1868 and Georgiana da Silva overhears a conversation involving her fiancé Jasper that prompts her to flee from her home and undertake a daring journey to try and save her brother Charles from death. She hadn't been in love with her fiancé, just fond of him, grateful and accepting, after all, he'll take her away from life with her aunt. Now she has discovered
Lauren K
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to the Wind by NZ author Zana Bell is an entertaining historical romance that spans the globe, from England to our Aussie neighbour, New Zealand. Georgiana da Silva is not your typical heroine in this genre, as while her peers are perusing ball rooms for a potential husband, Georgiana sneaks out at night to act in the theatre. Her childhood in the circus doesn’t quite prepare her for the life of a Lady, but her Aunt is determined to find her a husband and make her fit the bill.

When Georgia
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on: http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

Sorry to use such a clichéd phrase, but this really was a brilliant swashbuckling adventure! Zana Bell had me completely lost to to the world of the 1800's and I truthfully did not want to leave.

Georgina da Silva (love that surname!) is due to marry her cousin Jasper. She has no problem with this, as she feels lucky that she will not become the spinster she believes she is destined to become. However, an overheard conversation reveals
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It doesn't seem fair that New Zealand should have quite so many beautiful corners tucked away...." (from Close to the Wind)

The year is 1868. This is the story of Georgiana da Silva, living with her Aunt, and betrothed to Jasper. But she soon overhears a conversation that turns her world on its head. Her brother Charlie is, it seems, terribly ill in New Zealand, and based on what she has heard, she determines to flee to his bedside, as he could be in mortal danger - it is the time of the Gold Ru
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Georgiana da Silva is not passionately in love with her cousin Jasper, she has agreed to marry him knowing that this is the only way that she can escape from her Aunt - a woman who has just about endured her and her brother since their parents died. When Georgie discovers that Jasper's intentions are not what they seem, she has to escape. She is determined to travel across the world, to be by the side of her beloved brother in New Zealand.

And so the adventures begin. Georgie manages to
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I was really looking forward to reading Close To The Wind – I loved the sound of the book and it seemed like something that I would very much enjoy and so I couldn’t wait to start it.

Georgiana enters a world of danger after she realises she needs to escape her fiance, and jumps on board a ship run by Captain Harry Trent, who is setting sail for New Zealand. With the law on his heels – he’s got enough trouble of his own without any further complications. But how will they fare when they are throw
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close To The Wind is an adventurous tale set on the high seas and covering half the world. It is a historical novel set in 1868, it begins in England and travels across to New Zealand. Historicals aren’t a genre I have spent much time in but I am finding that all of the ones I do read I am quite enjoying.

This one is not set in the drawing rooms of London society, though it easily could have been had Georgiana not overheard a very damning conversation and run away in the middle of the night.

Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Zana Bell grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After travelling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Researc

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