Here are the shortlists for the final two categories in the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.
The shortlist for the Romantic Comedy Novel category is:
- The Look of Love by Judy Astley
- Please Don’t Stop the Music by Jane Lovering
- Wrapped up in You by Carole Matthews
- Who’s Afraid of Mr. Wolfe by Hazel Osmond
- Lizzy Harrison Loses Control by Pippa Wright
The Young Adult Romantic Novel category features protagonists who are teenagers/young adults and “dark and stormy teen crushes”. The shortlist is:
The shortlists for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards (RoNAs) have been announced. Launched in 1960, the annual awards have been redesigned and updated for 2012, but the overall winner will still claim the title Romantic Novel of the Year. Previous winners include Philippa Gregory, Joanna Trollope, Jojo Moyes and Julia Gregson.
Category winners will be announced on 5th March, with the five winners going on to compete for the big prize, which will be announced on 17th May.
For the first time, members of the public can vote online for their favourite book. Voting begins on March 6th.
We’ll take a look at each of the shortlists in turn over the next few days, starting with the Contemporary Romantic Novel. This is for books set after 1960, and includes chick-lit and paranormal romances. The shortlist is:
- It Started with a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson
- Summer of Love by Katie Fforde
- The Untied Kingdom by Kate Johnson
- To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
- Chances by Freya North
- Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
If you just can’t wait (and who could blame you), you can see the shortlists in full on the RNA website.
They are highlighting four exceptional historical fiction titles, any of which would make a great holiday read:
- The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
When 12-year-old Katherine Howard comes to live in the Duchess of Norfolk’s household, poor relation Cat Tilney is suspicious of her. The two girls couldn’t be more different: Cat, watchful and ambitious; Katherine, interested in clothes and boys. Their companions are in thrall to Katherine, but it’s Cat in whom Katherine confides.
- Plague Child by Peter Ransley
This is the first instalment of a captivating trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War. September 1625: Plague cart driver Matthew Neave is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet, on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry – the baby is alive.
- The Girl in the Mirror by Sarah Gristwood
Jeanne, a young French exile, is brought to London as a young girl disguised as a boy. Growing up, she lives as a clerk, ending up in the household of Robert Cecil. As she witnesses the intrigues and plots swirling round the court of Elizabeth I, she finds herself sucked into the orbit of the dashing young favourite, the Earl of Essex.
- The King’s Diamond by Will Whitaker
In the midst of a politically sensitive and dangerous world steps Richard Dansey, a young and ambitious jewel merchant, determined to break his mother’s stranglehold on the family firm after his father’s early death. Richard’s reckless pursuit of jewels worthy of Henry’s wooing of Anne Boleyn, lead him across Europe to Venice and Rome.