By Arlem Hawks
By Arlem Hawks
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. She’s already missed too many seasons in London, and her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are slipping away.
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 Lieutenant Peyton sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he 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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Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez
In this regency story of adventure, secrets, disguises, and romance, you’ll find a unique take on old tropes. Georgiana’s Secret is a proper regency romance about a young girl who is forced to disguise herself as a man on her father’s ship, only to yearn for something more. When she begins to fall for his young lieutenant, she finds her carefully built world shaken.
This book is a fun read for so many reasons. The main character’s dedication and love for her father makes her a character worth routing for, while her love interest’s drive and compassion makes him a more than worthy match. As the two collide, the tension of Georgiana’s secret is the perfect foil for the potential of hope they bring to each other.
Another great aspect of the book is the unique nature of the setting. It is difficult to find a romance so perfectly coupled with an adventurous location. The author does a great job bringing the sea to life as the characters navigate both the waters and their own relationships.
I recommend this book to anyone who adores a clean romance and well-written characters. Georgiana’s Secret is the perfect book to take with you on vacation or curl up within your favorite armchair.