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The Romantic Novelists' Association Awards

Romantic Novelists' Association logoThe Romantic Novelists' Association was set up in 1960 to encourage and support writers of romantic fiction. Bestselling author Katie Fforde is their current President.

The RONA Awards have been presented since 1960. The overall Romantic Novel of the Year is selected from the winners of what are currently six categories: Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel,  and Young Adult Romantic Novel.

There is also the RONA Rose for shorter romantic novels, previously called the Love Story of the Year, which is given to a shorter work, and the Harry Bowling Prize, given every two years to an unpublished work. potential.

The 2018 winners, announced on 5th March, were: Together by Julie Cohen, for Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year; This Year by Dani Atkins for Epic Romantic Novel of the Year; The Designer by  Marius Gabriel for Historical Romantic Novel of the Year; The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan for Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year; Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering for the RoNA Rose Award for Shorter Romantic Fiction and Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson for Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year. 

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2018 Contemporary Romantic Novel shortlist

Together
(Paperback)
Julie Cohen
 
Told backwards over five decades, this is the moving story of one couple's great love for each other - and the secret they are willing to do anything to protect.
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The Picture House by the Sea
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Holly Hepburn
 
The brilliant new series from the bestselling author of the Star and Sixpence series. Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley
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The Keeper of Lost Things
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Ruth Hogan
 
WE'RE ALL JUST WAITING TO BE FOUND... An irresistible debut novel of lost objects and second chances - as joyfully uplifting as La La Land and Me Before You
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The Dangers of Family Secrets
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Debby Holt
 
From the bestselling author of The Ex-Wife's Survival Guide comes a dark tale about how secrets can destroy a family.
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The Queen of Wishful Thinking
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Milly Johnson
 
Milly Johnson writes warm, funny and poignant novels about the universal issues of friendship, family, love, good food and that little bit of magic in life that sometimes visits the...
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Just for the Holidays
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Sue Moorcroft
 
`Effortlessly engaging...a magical must!' Heat. The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday...
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My Summer of Magic Moments
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Caroline Roberts
 
`A delightful, life affirming story. I wanted to retreat to a cottage by the sea after the first chapter!' Ali McNamara ...
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Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage
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Heidi Swain
 
Summer at Cuckoo Cottage - glamping, vintage caravans and love from the author of The Cherry Tree Cafe...
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2018 Epic Romantic Novel shortlist

This Love
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Dani Atkins
 
Winner of the RNA Award 2018. An emotional family drama for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult - 'Atkins is a brilliant writer who creates wonderful characters' Daily Mail.
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A Winter Love Song
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Rita Bradshaw
 
A Winter Love Song is a heartwarming saga by Rita Bradshaw, author of the number one bestselling Snowflakes in the Wind.
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The Hourglass
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Tracy Rees
 
The powerful third novel from the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller Amy Snow. Perfect for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Villa in Italy.
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What Was Rescued
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Jane Bailey
 
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The Man I Thought You Were
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Leah Mercer
 
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2018 Historical Romantic Novel shortlist

Besieged And Betrothed
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Jenni Fletcher
 
Bound to her enemy
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The Designer
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Marius Gabriel
 
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Wives Of War
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Soraya M. Lane
 
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2018 Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel shortlist

The Summer of Impossible Things (A ...
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Rowan Coleman
 
A Zoe Ball ITV Book Club Pick A beautiful novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book
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How to Stop Time
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Matt Haig
 
The Sunday Times top ten bestseller from the author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans
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The Other Us
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Fiona Harper
 
***WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** `This is a...
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Hold Back the Stars
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Katie Khan
 
'A bold new talent' Matt Haig'The most unique love story I've read in years' Rowan ColemanNinety minutes.Bittersweet and life-affirming, Hold Back the Stars is the love story of the year.
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2018 Romantic Comedy Novel shortlist

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
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Trisha Ashley
 
Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Only baking - the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and...
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The Hygge Holiday: The warmest,...
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Rosie Blake
 
Light the fire, pour a hot chocolate and curl up for the cosiest, funniest, hygge-est read of the year
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The Summer Seaside Kitchen: Winner of...
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Jenny Colgan
 
Bring a little sunshine into your spring with the new book from Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan
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The Little Clock House on the Green: ...
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Eve Devon
 
`A truly enchanting read' Books of All KindsWelcome to the little village of Whispers Wood and one glorious summer when friendships are forged, secrets are revealed and romance delightfully bursts...
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Little Teashop of Horrors
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Jane Lovering
 
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is...
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13 Dates
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Matt Dunn
 
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2018 Young Adult Romantic Novel shortlist

Margot & Me
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Juno Dawson
 
How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past?Fliss's mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to...
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One Italian Summer: 'Gentle and...
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Keris Stainton
It's a perfect summer read with a gorgeous setting, warm characters and a bittersweet evocation of life after tragedy.' Sophia Bennett, author of LOVE SONG Milly loves her sisters...
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Ten Birthdays: An Emotional, ...
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Kerry Wilkinson
 
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Recent winners of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award

2017 Love Song by Sophia Bennett

2016  Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

2015 Struck by Joss Stirling

2014 A Night on The Orient Express by Veronica Henry

2013  Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

2012 Please Don't Stop The Music by Jane Lovering

2011 The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

2010 Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

2009 East of the Sun by Julila Gregson

2008 Pillow Talk by Freya North

2007 Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas

2006 Gardens of Delight by Erica James

2005 A Good Voyage by Katharine Davies

2004 Foreign Fruit by Jojo Moyes

2003 Playing James by Sarah Mason (currently out of print)

2002 The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

2001 Someone Like You by Cathy Kelly

2000 Dancing In The Dark by Maureen Lee

1999 Learning To Swim by Clare Chambers

1998 Kiss And Kin by Angela Lambert (currently out of print)

1997 The Hours Of The Night by Sue Gee

1996 Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

1995 Change Of Heart by Charlotte Bingham

1994 Consider The Lily by Elizabeth Buchan

1993 Emily by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (currently out of print)

1992 Sandstorm by June Knox-Mawer (currently out of print)

1991 Phantom by Susan Kay (currently out of print)

1990 Passing Glory by Reay Tannahill (currently out of print)

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