Book Review: Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks

Posted January 14, 2021 by meezcarrie in Arlem Hawks, historical, romance / 4 Comments

GEORGANA’S SECRET (Proper Romance Regency)
GENRE: Regency Romance (clean read)
PUBLISHER: Shadow Mountain
RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2021
PAGES: 320

A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she cannot face a future under the guardianship of her abusive grandmother and instead chooses to join her father on his ship disguised as his cabin boy, “George.”

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. While trying to adjust to a new crew, 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. After discovering a number of clues, Dominic deduces that George is really a woman. Knowing that revealing the cabin boy’s secret would put her in serious danger from the rowdy crew, Dominic keeps silent and hides his growing affection for her.

Georgana is quickly losing her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care but is convinced nothing can come of her affection. She cannot continue to live her life on the sea, and having already missed too many seasons in London, her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are quickly slipping away.


Advance Praise for Georgana’s Secret

“Hawks crafts a spellbinding tale featuring rich characters and raw emotions set against the atmospheric backdrop of sea life in all its danger and beauty. Georgana is a tough protagonist holding her own in a world dominated by men, while Peyton’s charm and sensitivity marks him as a true gentleman. A hidden identity, flirtation, and treachery make for a rousing tale to captivate lovers of historical romances.”— Publishers Weekly

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. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous read!

KissingBook Level: 4 / keep your fans & fainting couches handy

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Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. With her travels came an interest in history, especially the history of her English heritage. When she isn’t writing, Arlem is baking her characters’ favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and water coloring. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. Having previously published four historical romance novellas, Georgana’s Secret is her debut novel.

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Novellas by Arlem Hawks

Join the virtual blog tour of GEORGANA’S SECRET (Proper Romance Regency), Arlem Hawks’ highly acclaimed debut historical romance novel January 11 – February 14, 2021. Over forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard a Royal Naval ship.


Jan 11 – My Jane Austen Book Club
Jan 11 – Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog
Jan 12 –  Wishful Endings
Jan 12 –  Lu Reviews Books
Jan 13 –  Lady with a Quill
Jan 13Timeless Novels
Jan 14 – Reading is My Superpower
Jan 14 – The Bibliophile Files
Jan 15 – Randi Loves 2 Read
Jan 16 – The Christian Fiction Girl
Jan 17 – Nurse Bookie
Jan 18 – The Silver Petticoat Review
Jan 18 – Heidi Reads
Jan 19 – Bookfoolery
Jan 20 – Captivated Reading
Jan 21 – Greenish Bookshelf
Jan 21 – Bookworm Lisa
Jan 22 –  Among the Reads
Jan 23 – Gwedalyn’s Books
Jan 24 – My Bookish Bliss
Jan 25 – Wishful Endings
Jan 25 – Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Jan 26 – Relz Reviewz
Jan 27 – The Lit B****
Jan 28 – Reading with Emily
Jan 29 – Books, Teacups & Reviews
Jan 30 – A Darn Good Read
Jan 31 – From Pemberley to Milton
Jan 31 – Impressions in Ink
Feb 01 – Austenesque Reviews
Feb 02 – Laura’s Reviews
Feb 03 – Literary Time Out
Feb 04 – Chicks, Rogues & Scandals
Feb 05 – The Bluestocking
Feb 05 – Library of Clean Reads
Feb 06 – The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Feb 07 – So Little Time…
Feb 08 – The Readathon
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Feb 09 – Books and Socks Rock
Feb 10 – Our Book Confessions
Feb 10 – Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Feb 11 –  Rosanne E. Lortz
Feb 11 –  Jorie Loves a Story
Feb 12 –  Fire & Ice
Feb 13 –  Cup of Tea with that Book, Please
Feb 14 – Book Confessions of an Ex-ballerina

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4 responses to “Book Review: Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks

  1. Pam Lunsford

    When I saw the cover I wasn’t interested. Then your review was incredible and I’m hooked!! I will be reading this book!! Now I have to buy it.

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