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Publisher's Note:

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 aff…

Georgana’s Secret

by Arlem Hawks

Overall Book Review:

Need a little romance and adventure? Look no further than Georgana’s Secret, written by the talented Arlem Hawks. The newest title in Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance library, Georgana’s Secret is set in Regency England. Most of this action-packed romance takes place in an unusual location — a Royal Navy ship. This enchanting story is told from two perspectives: Georgana and Lieutenant Dominic Peyton. With Georgana disguised as a boy for most of the book, Hawkes expertly navigates the complex situation and comes up with unpredictable ways for the characters to get to know one another. Dominic’s kindness and Georgana’s strength make both characters easy to love. Readers will be impressed by the descriptions of life on a nineteenth century ship, especially all the sailing terminology. Do not miss this fantastic read!

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; bruises indicating occurrence of violence; several secondhand reports of violence including battle at sea, mutiny, beating and abuse by commanding officers; brief scenes of violence include a child being slapped, characters involved in fistfights, a character shoved, tripped and pushed around; a few non-detailed scenes of violent death; a few battles including blood and gore; an extended scene of intense violence during battle. 

Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing on the forehead, cheek and lips; a few sexual references. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Child abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, sea battles, death, amputation, frequent intoxication. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character is often drunk; a scene takes place outside an alehouse. A character makes drunk ramblings. Alcohol is drunk at most meals. 

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My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.