Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks. I can’t wait to share this gorgeous book with you all, plus I have an exclusive except which I am sure you will love. Confession time first though I actually was on the tour to post last week, due to my mixing dates up, I am late. So here it is, a week late!
Any how, let me tell you about this book, firstly I want to say thank you to Laurel Ann at Austen Prose Tours for the invite to this blog tour.
About the Book
Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks.
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (January 12, 2021)
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.
“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
“This tale felt sweepingly cinematic at times and was both action-packed and heart-wrenching with an immersive narrative.”— Katie Jackson, RegencyProofreading.com
Arlem Hawks wove a magnificent tale of adventure and deception and delivered a happy ever after that was as unconventional as the rest of the story. With so many stories of romance out there, it is refreshing when one comes along that is very different than the stories that I am used to. A little adventure always livens things up fabulously.”— Emily Flynn, Reading with Emily
“Fans of sweet love stories as well as readers who fondly remember those marvelous old traditional Signet Regencies will quickly succumb to the siren song of Hawk’s expertly crafted novel, which delivers the perfect blend of Jane Austen-smart romance and Patrick O’Brian flavored seafaring adventure. Teen romance readers will cheer on the plucky heroine as she finds the courage to forge her own path in life and love.”— Booklist, starred review
Georgana was used to standing while others ate. It was a punishment Grandmother had sometimes inflicted when she did poorly in her lessons. Her father rarely ate with the officers on purpose so she would not have to wait on them like this. She wouldn’t have minded had the soreness in her ankle gone away, but she did not admit its continued weakness to her father.
Tonight all the senior officers sat at the captain’s table. Lieutenant Peyton and the sailing master, Mr. Jordan, sat closestto her, with Jarvis and Moyle on the other side of the table. Jarvis’s narrowed eyes flitted to her every so often. She focused on the white and black floor tiles to keep from reddening.
Her father raised his glass, more water than anything else. The risk of intoxication and letting slip their secret terrified him. With a dull voice he toasted the king, as naval officers always did at dinner. The lieutenants and sailing master followed suit, Lieutenant Peyton with more vigor than the rest.
The first lieutenant turned and held his glass out to Georgana, eyebrow lifted. She stared at the drink. Did he want more? There was plenty inside, and the steward took charge of refilling.
Then it dawned. He was offering her a drink. Georgana quickly shook her head.
Lieutenant Peyton shrugged and turned back to the table. No one except her father seemed to notice. He eyed the lieutenant as Moyle raised the next toast.
“To sweethearts and wives,” the third lieutenant said.
“And may they never meet.” Jarvis grinned wickedly, as if the joke were new and not muttered on every ship in the Royal Navy. Fortunately for him, she couldn’t imagine him having a wife, so he likely would never encounter that particular problem.
Lieutenant Peyton set down his glass before the others had finished. “How is your daughter in York, sir?”
Georgana’s breath stopped. It wasn’t a secret among the crew the captain had a daughter, but no one ever mentioned Miss Woodall. Georgana’s skin went cold.
The captain cleared his throat, stabbing at his meat with unwarranted interest. “She is well. Thank you.”
“Does she enjoy York?”
Georgana wanted to flee. If only she had somewhere to go.
Irritation flashed across her father’s face but didn’t stay long. Had the lieutenant seen it? “She enjoys her school well enough, I suppose.”
The lieutenant cocked his head. His brown hair had an unruly look to it, as though he’d spent his entire watch at the prow of the ship. “Have you ever considered bringing her aboard?”
Georgana went rigid. Her eyes darted to Jarvis, who was too absorbed with his glass to notice her. If he looked up, she knew he would see her fear.
First Fitz, and now Lieutenant Peyton was having suspicions. Her stomach tied itself into knots.
“My daughter is where she should be.” Her father twirled the stem of his glass between his fingers. “So many questions today, Mr. Peyton.”
Jarvis snorted. “Didn’t you know? Peyton is looking for a wife.”
Lieutenant Peyton laughed. “I have a few years before I wish to concern myself with that responsibility.”
The lieutenant was single? She found that hard to believe.
Moyle leaned forward. “I doubt Miss Woodall would find life at sea to her liking. The navy is too rough a world for a young lady used to genteel society.”
“Are you saying we are not genteel society?” Jarvis motioned for the steward to refill his glass. The man drank much more than he used to when Lieutenant Hargood was on board. Only six months had passed since Hargood’s death, but those months had hardened Jarvis. The two lieutenants had been the best of friends.
“Yes, that is exactly what he is saying.” Her father placed his hands firmly on the table. “I know very few women of Society strong enough to endure life in the navy.”
“Certainly such women are a force to be reckoned with,” Lieutenant Peyton said.
She waited for the lieutenant to glance back at her, but he never did. Her breathing started again when talk turned to their course for Antigua. She stretched her injured ankle, trying to do so without drawing notice, and wondered how much longer until they returned to their duties.
Lieutenant Peyton’s questions had hit too close for comfort, and she wanted to be alone to calm her racing heart.
About the Author
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.
Blog Tour Schedule
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 15Randi Loves 2 ReadReview
Jan 16The Christian Fiction GirlExcerpt
Jan 17Nurse BookieReview
Jan 20Captivated ReadingReview
Jan 22Among the ReadsReview
Jan 23Gwedalyn’s BooksReview
Jan 24My Bookish BlissReview
Jan 26Relz ReviewzReview
Jan 27The Lit BitchReview
Jan 28Reading with EmilyReview
Jan 29Books, Teacups & ReviewsReview
Jan 30A Darn Good ReadReview
Feb 01Austenesque ReviewsReview
Feb 02Laura’s ReviewsReview
Feb 03Literary Time OutReview
Feb 04Chicks, Rogues & ScandalsExcerpt
Feb 06The Caffeinated BibliophileSpotlight
Feb 07So Little Time…Spotlight
Feb 08The ReadathonReview
Feb 12Fire & IceExcerpt
Feb 13Cup of Tea with that Book, PleaseReview
Feb 14Book Confessions of an Ex-ballerinaReview