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Pure Passion Awards 2011 Pure Passion Awards 2011

To find out more about each award just click on the red text below. Winners were announced on 7 March 2011.


Romantic Novel of the Year

The Jewel of St Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
The Jewel of St Petersburg
Kate Furnivall
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. From the bestselling author of The Russian Concubine comes a sweeping epic of love and courage, revenge and heartache in the last days of the Romanov empire
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2010
Amazir by Tom Gamble
Amazir
Tom Gamble
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. Revisiting the traditional epic-style novel format, Tom Gamble's Amazir is a breathtaking journey into the souks and mountains of Morocco that chronicles a powerful love affair and a nation's political...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
Kissing Mr Wrong by Sarah Duncan
Kissing Mr Wrong
Sarah Duncan
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. The irresistible new novel from the author of A SINGLE TO ROME, ANOTHER WOMAN'S HUSBAND, NICE GIRLS DO and ADULTERY FOR BEGINNERS.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2010
The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean
The Golden Prince
Rebecca Dean
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. November 2010 Book of the Month. A truly lovely story of Prince Edward pre his infatuation with Wallace Simpson and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2010
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
The Last Letter from Your Lover
Jojo Moyes
Winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. If you are looking for a thoroughly romantic read that will have you grabbing for the tissues with tears of joy and sadness then this is a must read. It’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell
Take a Chance on Me
Jill Mansell
Winner of the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. Best-selling author of Rumour Has It, Jill Mansell returns with Take A Chance On Me – a fun, romantic and hugely readable romp through the love life of Cleo...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/06/2010

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Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year

A Date in Your Diary by Jules Stanbridge
A Date in Your Diary
Jules Stanbridge
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. Make a date with Jules Stanbridge's second fantastic romance for Little Black Dress -- this is one you definitely won't regret!
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2009
The Way to a Woman's Heart by Christina Jones
The Way to a Woman's Heart
Christina Jones
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. Christina Jones's new romcom will have you salivating with delight - about finding love through food!
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Mini Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. And so we move on to the next generation. Becky, the ultimate shopaholic now has a two year old daughter who seems to be taking after her mother in more...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2010
I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Paris
Lindsey Kelk
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. July 2010 Book of the Month. The third in this engaging series featuring Angela, a Brit in New York with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/07/2010
Katy Carter Wants a Hero by Ruth Saberton
Katy Carter Wants a Hero
Ruth Saberton
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. A wonderfully funny, fresh debut. Katy Carter is a lovable character suffering the ups and downs of relationship drama and making some interesting discoveries along the way. You will be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2010
Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay
Trade Winds
Christina Courtenay
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. December 2010 Book of the Month. It's a real pleasure to read a well written, historically accurate book, that is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/08/2010

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Historical Novel of the Year

The Jewel of St Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
The Jewel of St Petersburg
Kate Furnivall
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. From the bestselling author of The Russian Concubine comes a sweeping epic of love and courage, revenge and heartache in the last days of the Romanov empire
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2010
Heart of Stone by Jane Jackson
Heart of Stone
Jane Jackson
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. Rejected by society, emotionally bruised and deeply wary, neither Sarah nor James is prepared for the powerful attraction that erupts between them. Will they survive the plots against them? Can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Wayward Governess by Joanna Fulford
The Wayward Governess
Joanna Fulford
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. Please note this book is only available as an E Book. To purchase click on the 'E book available' link in right hand column. ‘I will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean
The Golden Prince
Rebecca Dean
Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. November 2010 Book of the Month. A truly lovely story of Prince Edward pre his infatuation with Wallace Simpson and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2010
The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst by Louise Allen
The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst
Louise Allen
We've heard tell of the shocking high seas adventures of a certain high society lady – Miss R–! Please note this book is only available as an E Book. To purchase click on the 'E book available'...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Captain's Mysterious Lady by Mary Nichols
The Captain's Mysterious Lady
Mary Nichols
She’s revived his heart – but who is she? Please note this book is only available as an E Book. To purchase click on the 'E book available' link in right hand column.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970

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Love Story of the Year

Mother of the Bride by Caroline Anderson
Mother of the Bride
Caroline Anderson
Mother of the bride catches the bouquet!
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Fortunate Wager by Jan Jones
Fortunate Wager
Jan Jones
Shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year in the 2011 Pure Passion Awards Secrets and subterfuge abound in Regency Newmarket...Caroline Fortune asks for little more than to train horses and continue her stealthy progress towards independence. To this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2009

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Jojo Moyes has won the Romantic Novel of the Year with The Last Letter from Your Lover.

Jojo Moyes wins RNA Romantic Novel of the Year

 

RNA chair Katie Fforde (pictured above with Jojo Moyes) said of the winning book: "the judges unanimously agreed that 'this novel combines exquisite writing, a truly romantic yet original theme and a blissfully satisfying ending. A worthy winner in a very strong list."

 

pure passion awards 2011


Romantic fiction is big news. ­Not only is it the most widely read genre but it provides more pleasure and escapism than any other.


51 years ago, the RNA was formed to promote the status of this broad and varied genre which now includes romantic comedy, chick lit, romantic suspense, sagas, family dilemmas and even vampire novels.

 

‘This year's short list represents the whole gamut of romantic fiction,’ said Katie Fforde, RNA Chair. ‘We have royalty, love letters, history and humour, from both newcomers and established authors. A truly impressive list.’

 

The Awards are in the following categories and the winners are announced on 7 March 2011.

 

Romantic Novel of the Year

 

Won by Jojo Moyes for The Last Letter from Your Lover.
This award, to recognise excellence in romantic novels, is chosen from a shortlist of six titles which have been selected by the reading public from more than 150 nominated books. From spies to speed dating; war-time turmoil to modern manners - a broad array of titles and authors were put forward for selection.

 

Romantic Comedy of the Year

 

Won by Jill Mansell for Take a Chance Me.

To mark its 50th Anniversary Year, in 2010 the RNA decided to broaden the scope of its awards, introducing new ways to honour the best of romantic fiction. This year sees the second presentation of the award for Romantic Comedy of the Year with nominations made by the RNA’s team of readers, who were asked to score the books on their comedy element, from mildly amusing to side-splittingly funny.

 

Historical Novel of the Year

 

Won by Elizabeth Chadwick for To Defy a King.

This award is open to all romantic novels set before 1960 – the year the RNA was formed. The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of six original works. This year’s titles have settings as diverse as 18th  century Sweden, Regency England and turn of the 20th century Russia – written with love, of course.

 

Love Story of the Year

 

Won by Louise Allen for The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst.

This is for a shorter romance where there is a strong emphasis on the developing central relationship. A shortlist of six is again chosen by the reading public, with the winner selected by three judges. The judges are Philippa Ashley, freelance copywriter, journalist and award winning author of five romantic novels, Penny Jordan, author of more than 200 novels with sales of over 80m across the globe and Jane Mathieson, regional coordinator of Time to Read, a network of people working to develop the adult reading audience in public libraries in NW England.

 

Credits text: The RNA is proud to be associated with libraries in promoting romantic fiction. In 2007, we joined forces with the Time To Read network of North West Libraries for a promotion called Pure Passion, which saw readers voting for their favourite romantic novel of the past ten years. The shared love of romantic fiction, which was at the heart of that successful initiative, continues to inspire our new Pure Passion Awards and we welcome the involvement of libraries in this national promotion

Christina Courtenay
Christina Jones
Elizabeth Chadwick
Jane Jackson
Jill Mansell
Joanna Fulford
Jojo Moyes
Jules Stanbridge
Kate Furnivall
Lindsey Kelk
Rebecca Dean
Ruth Saberton
Sarah Duncan
Sophie Kinsella
Tom Gamble

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