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Georgana's Secret

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  249 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Shadow Mountain
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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 ...more
Sarah Monzon
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. 😅
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
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
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
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
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
***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
Happy Reading Watching
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(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
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*** 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
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Rachel Fordham
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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!
Ashley Johnson
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
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 ...more
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
The Lit Bitch
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Leslie Books and Socks Rock
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lorin Grace
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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