Jojo Moyes' The Last Letter from Your Lover has been named the romantic novel of the year by the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA).
The novel - which explores the notion of love letters and how they can still play a role in the digital age - was competing against Amazir by Tom Gamble, Kissing Mr Wrong by Sarah Duncan and Elizabeth Chadwick's To Defy a King.
The other shortlisted titles were The Jewel of St Petersburg by Kate Furnivall and Rebecca Dean's The Golden Prince.
Moyes becomes the 51st recipient of the award, which is given each year to a novel that 'explores the deep mysteries of the human heart'.
Katie Fforde, chair of the RNA, commented: '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.'
Other awards handed out at the ceremony included the romantic comedy prize and love story of the year, won by Jill Mansell's Take a Chance on Me and Louise Allen's The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst respectively.
Last year's RNA romantic book of the year award was won by Lucy Dillon's Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, which the judging panel described as 'the perfect story for our nation of dog lovers'.