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.
Title: Georgana’s Secret
Author: Arlem Hawks
Published: January 12, 2021 by Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Proper Romance
Stars: 3.5 Content Rating: Clean
Hello all my fellow bookworms! I have missed you and missed reviewing books. Last year was not my best year as far as reading goes. With my morning sickness reading made me feel more sick. Yuck! Now that my sweet babe is here I have been reading again and I am ready to share my thoughts with you all on what I read!
I really enjoyed this proper romance. Dominic is a true gentleman! You can tell he is a good, honest man even if it took him long enough to realize that the cabin “boy” George is actually Georgana! This whole book takes place on the high seas, inside a frigate ship. Mostly. I have to say that being in this setting I wanted a little more action? There is definitely a villain and by the time you finish the book you will NOT like him. There is some action and battle but I suppose I just wanted more. I didn’t like that there was so much bullying. The main character grew up with an abusive grandmother, (which is why she is hiding with her father on a ship) and then the other boys pick on her. Part of the story is Dominic teaching her how to stick up for herself but I just felt like it was too much of the story. It was hard to watch her not have any self esteem. I’m so glad that Shadow Mountain sent me a copy to review because it was an a good read! Thanks for reading!