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Romantic Novelists' Association

Find out more about the winners of the Romantic Novelists' Association Awards and the winners of the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year by clicking on the titles.

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

Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year

Historical Novel of the Year

Love Story of the Year

Romantic Novel of the Year

Amazir

Amazir

Author: Tom Gamble Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/2010

Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. An idealistic young Englishman, Harry Summerfield, befriends an American oil explorer in Gibraltar in the 1930s. Their meeting sparks a journey for both men that will take them across Morocco and northern Africa, to encounter the harsh realities of Berber opposition to French colonial rule and the passion and conflict of a love for the same young French woman. Full of action, character and extraordinarily vivid local colour, this is a vast novel of adventure, romance and intrigue which keeps the reader guessing page after page. From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the beautiful solitude of the Atlas Mountains, and incorporating all levels of society in pre-war Morocco (from Berber tribesmen to French politicians), Amazir is a powerfully evocative work dealing with a vast spectrum of human experience - from wonder to despair. 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 turmoil.

Kissing Mr Wrong

Kissing Mr Wrong

Author: Sarah Duncan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2010

Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. A warm and sexy romance from the author of A SINGLE TO ROME Lu Edwards may write and illustrate books for children, but she's certain she doesn't want children of her own. She believes in travelling light, with not even a goldfish to tie her down, until Nick -- a WWI expert with more baggage than Heathrow, right down to the kids, ex-wife and hamster -- blows into her life. He's absolutely not Mr Right, but as he helps Lu trace a strand of her family history, she finds herself being drawn into his chaotic but warm world. Being the wicked step-mother was never a role Lu fancied playing, though, and she's not sure that loving Nick will be enough for a happy ever after together...

Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year

A Date in Your Diary

A Date in Your Diary

Author: Jules Stanbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2009

Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. How far would you go to find the perfect date? Harriet Peel knows what's hot and what's definitely not. As the 'what's on' writer for her local magazine, it's her job. Her own social life, however, is teetering on the verge of non-existence. With the last of her friends tying the knot and the threat of being replaced at work by some annoying London 'it' girl, it's time for drastic action. Determined to find the ideal partner to take to the wedding, Harriet decides to register on a dating website. And when the resulting liaisons turn into experiences worth writing about, she suddenly finds herself the unwitting star of a hugely popular new column. Will her newly acquired social status as a minor celebrity help in her quest or is she destined to go to the wedding alone...again?

Historical Novel of the Year

Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone

Author: Jane Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2009

Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. In 1840’s Cornwall, 25-year-old Sarah Govier supports herself and her illegitimate son, Jory, on the income from Talvan, the granite quarry she inherited from her father.  But businessman Kinser Landry has good reason for wanting Talvan and will stop at nothing to get it.  Her problems mounting, Sarah turns in desperation to James Crago, a gunpowder manufacturer who owns land adjoining hers.   After twenty years as soldier and diplomat in India, Crago, 37, returned home, his face horrifically scarred, a wound sustained during his attempt to help the girl he loved escape a despotic raja. Local reaction to his appearance has turned him into a recluse.

The Wayward Governess

The Wayward Governess

Author: Joanna Fulford Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2009

Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. Finding his brother’s killer has all but consumed Marcus until Claire enters his life. Her innocent beauty and quick mind are an irresistible combination, but she is forbidden fruit. It’s not until their secrets plunge them both into danger that Marcus realises he cannot let happiness slip through his fingers again…  

The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst

The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst

Author: Louise Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2010

Winner of the Love Story of the Year in the 2011 Pure Passion Awards. Alone and in danger, Clemence Ravenhurst is forced to flee her beloved Jamaica. Disguised as a boy, she falls straight into the clutches of one of the most dangerous pirates in the Caribbean! Nathan Stanier, disgraced undercover naval officer and navigator, protects Clemence on their perilous journey. The heat between them sizzles. But honour – and his guarded heart – dictate that Nathan resists Clemence. Though it seems she's determined to make their adventure as outrageous - and passionate - as possible!

The Captain's Mysterious Lady

The Captain's Mysterious Lady

Author: Mary Nichols Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2010

Shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year in the 2011 Pure Passion Awards.   Driven by grief and an implacable thirst for vengeance, Captain James Drymore has one sole purpose in life: to hunt down the men who killed his wife. But when he sees a beautiful young lady in distress James allows himself to become distracted for the first time…   Having rescued Amy, James discovers she didn’t escape unscathed – she has lost her memory! As the conflicted Captain slowly puts together the complex pieces of his mysterious lady’s past, James realises he needs to let go of his own. Can he and Amy build a new future - together?

Love Story of the Year

Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride

Author: Caroline Anderson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year in the 2011 Pure Passion Awards.   With just a few months until her daughter Jenni’s wedding, Maisie feels butterflies at the prospect of seeing Jenni’s dad Rob again after so many years. As parents of the bride they’ll be hosting the party at his stunning Scottish ancestral estate, and watching as their daughter says, ‘I do’. Whether it’s nostalgia or wedding planning fever, Maisie’s wondering if she and Rob could fix the past, get back together?

The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year is the most prestigious accolade given by the Romantic Novelists' Association.