27 February 2013
They will now compete for the Romantic Novelists Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award ...
They will now compete for the Romantic Novelists Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award
The five category winners, announed by Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley last night, are:
• Contemporary romantic novel: Katie Fforde, Recipe for Love
• Epic romantic novel: Rowan Coleman, Dearest Rose
• Historical romantic novel: Charlotte Betts, The Apothecary's Daughter
• Romantic comedy novel: Jenny Colgan, Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams
• Young adult romantic novel: Victoria Lamb, Witchstruck
In addition, Sophie Kinsella was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her contribution to the world of romantic fiction. Sarah Mallory won the RoNA Rose Award for Beneath the Major's Scars.
Annie Ashurst, RoNA chair, said: 'Tonight we are here to celebrate the success of our brightest stars. We are proud of their talent, tenacity and dedication to their craft. It is a lonely thing to write a novel, and to keep on going even as doubts set in - as they do with us all. Our Awards give us an opportunity to publicly recognise the enjoyment you bring to your readers. Congratulations to you all.'
The overall winner will be announced at the Romantic Novelists Association summer party on 16 May.
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