The RNA announces the category shortlists for the 2021 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards


01 February 2021
The winners will be announced on 8 March

The Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award: Cow Girl, Kirsty Eyre; The Bookshop of Second Chances, Jackie Fraser; The Silent Treatment, Abbie Greaves; This Is Not a Love Story, Mary Hargreaves; A New Life for Ariana Byrne, Liz Hurley; The Authenticity Project, Clare Pooley

The Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award: A Will, a Wish and a Wedding, Kate Hardy; The Warrior Knight and the Widow, Ella Matthews; The Day That Changed Everything, Catherine Miller; Second Chance for the Single Mum, Sophie Pembroke; The Return of the Disappearing Duke, Lara Temple; Cinderella and the Surgeon, Scarlet Wilson

The Romantic Saga Award: The Girl from the Tanner’s Yard, Diane Allen; The Variety Girls, Tracy Baines; The Ops Room Girls, Vicki Beeby; Bobby’s War, Shirley Mann; The Orphan’s Daughter, Sandy Taylor; Secrets of the Lavender Girls, Kate Thompson

The Romantic Comedy Novel Award: The Garden of Forgotten Wishes, Trisha Ashley; Someday at Christmas, Lizzie Byron; Christmas at the Island Hotel, Jenny Colgan; One Winter’s Night, Kiley Dunbar; Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, Carole Matthews; The Switch, Beth O’Leary

The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award: The Forgotten Sister, Nicola Cornick; The House by the Sea, Louise Douglas; Death Comes to Cornwall, Kate Johnson; The Twins, Jane Lark; Escape to the Little Chateau, Marie Laval

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The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award: Echoes of the Runes, Christina Courtenay; The Start of Us, Hannah Emery; The Reluctant Witch, Amelia Hopegood; The Cornish Connection, Amanda James; Someday in Paris, Olivia Lara

The Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award: Where We Belong, Anstey Harris; My One True North, Milly Johnson; One Day in Summer, Shari Low; Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You, Annie Lyons; Christmas for Beginners, Carole Matthews; The Little Shop in Cornwall, Helen Pollard; Mix Tape, Jane Sanderson; The Takeover, T L Swan; The Spark, Jules Wake

The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award: Heartbreak in the Valleys, Francesca Capaldi; The Coming of the Wolf, Elizabeth Chadwick; Spirited, Julie Cohen; Daniel’s Daughter, Victoria Cornwall; The French Wife, Diney Costeloe; People Like Us, Louise Fein; The Lost Lights of St Kilda, Elisabeth Gifford; Rags-to-Riches Wife, Catherine Tinley; The Skylark’s Secret, Fiona Valpy

The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award: Sing Me a Secret, Julie Houston; Christmas Wishes, Sue Moorcroft; Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, Carole Matthews; A Perfect Cornish Escape, Phillipa Ashley; The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, Josie Silver


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