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RNA Awards Shortlist Released

3 January 2017

The Romantic Novelists' Association have announced the nominees for this year's awards and there are a number of Ulverscroft published books included.

Under A Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick - Contemporary Romantic Novel Nominee
On the sleeper train down to Cornwall, Demi can't help wondering why everything always goes wrong for her. Having missed out on her dream job, and left with nowhere to stay following her boyfriend's betrayal, pitching up at her grandfather's cottage is her only option... Victoria thinks she's finally got what she wanted: Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate her family owned for generations, should now rightfully be hers, following her husband's sudden death. After years of a loveless marriage and many secret affairs of her own, Victoria thinks new widowhood will suit her very well indeed... But both women are in for a surprise. Surrounded by orchards, gardens and the sea, Boscawen is about to play an unexpected role in both their lives, as long-buried secrets are uncovered and a battle of wills begins.

This title is available to purchase in large print, CD and MP3 CD formats.

If You Go Away by Adele Parks - Epic Romantic Novel Nominee
1914: Young Vivian is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to hush a scandal - and war breaks out on her wedding day. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her husband Aubrey immediately enlists, and Vivian has no alternative but to take up the running of his estate... Howard, a brilliant young playwright, rushes to the front in an attempt to understand his fellow man's eagerness to fight a faceless enemy - and finds he wants no part of it. In 1916, when conscription becomes law, he refuses to enlist, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time - and a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take on essential work on Vivian's farm, it is only then that Howard understands what is really worth fighting for.

This title is available to purchase in large print.

Afternoon Tea At The Sunflower Café by Milly Johnson - Romantic Comedy Novel Nominee
Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy's best girl or so she thought. But then she discovers that he's been playing away for years. Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy's right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy's life. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Café, they'll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman. Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kind chocolate-brown eyes start to melt her soul. Can the ladies of the Sunflower Café help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon make her smile again...?

This title is available to purchase in CD, MP3 CD and audio download formats.

From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston - RoNA Rose Award Nominee
Most girls would dream of marriage to the dashing Earl of Stanton, darling of the ton. For plain Lady Felicity Weston, used to being ignored, it's a terrifying prospect! Richard has always thought love is for fools. Although after an explosive wedding night he's intrigued by his shy new bride.

Day by day the tentative trust between these newlyweds grows. But the stakes in this marriage of convenience are raised when Felicity falls pregnant... Will giving the Earl an heir finally help this wallflower blossom into a confident Countess?

This title is available to purchase in large print.

Doctor...To Duchess? by Anne O'Neil - RoNA Rose Award Nominee
Her duke in shining armour? GP Julia MacKenzie's life is finally back on track! Fighting to save St Bryar's Clinic has helped her to forget her heartache and make way for a new future on her terms. Until Julia falls into gorgeous Dr Oliver Wyatt's arms - literally - and suddenly her whole world is turned upside-down! Not only is Oliver the Duke of Breckonshire in-waiting, he's the very man threatening to shut her practice down...and, even more worryingly, to steal her heart!

This title is available to purchase in large print.

His Lost-and-Found Bride by Scarlet Wilson - RoNA Rose Award
This time it's for ever... Architect Logan Cascini is on edge when the discovery of an ancient fresco brings Lucia Moretti back to Tuscany. He hasn't seen his ex since they parted twelve years ago, in the most heartbreaking of circumstances... Facing Logan again unleashes in Lucia a torrent of emotions that has her normally calm and collected heart racing. Perhaps it's time for Lucia to loosen her grip on the pain of the past and allow them both to rediscover the joy they shared together.

This title is available to purchase in large print.