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Rona Shortlist Announced

3 January 2017

The Romantic Novelist's Association have released the nominees for their annual RoNA Awards and we're pleased to announce a number of our large print titles have been nominated.

Contemporary Romance Novel

The Second Love Of My Life by Victoria Walters
In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something. Until recently, Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity, her unique artistic talent, and, of course, her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas. But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four. She knows that life must go on, but the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain - until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer. Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

Large Print - 9781444832891 - £20.99

We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson
Rosie Jackson is slowly beginning to come to terms with a new life and a new future at the age of 65. Rosie is bereft when her husband Mike dies. She misses him terribly, feeling lonely in her grief, despite being close to her two grown-up daughters. Having time away from the family florist business has given Rosie the space to think about the past and what might have been. She remembers a summer with first love Peter as one of the happiest times of her life, but her memories are bittersweet. After a chance encounter with Peter 47 years later, they both begin to wonder "what if" and whether it's never too late for second chances in love?

Read by Julia Franklin - General Fiction - 9 hours 58 mins
1 MP3 CD - 9781445059198 - £45.50
9 CDs - 9781445059181 - £45.50

Epic Romantic Novel

Wedding Bells For Nurse Connie by Jean Fullerton
It's 1948 and the nurses of the East End of London are making the most of life post-war. For Connie, things are looking rosy as she looks forward to planning a future with her sweetheart, Malcolm. But, as many a young bride-to-be has proved, the course of true love never did run smooth and Connie has to grapple with interfering mothers and Malcolm's reluctance to set the date. Life at work isn't all smooth sailing either. The newly-formed NHS is keeping the nurses of Fry House extremely busy, but new faces keep things interesting. And one in particular might be the answer to all of Connie's problems.

Large Print - 9780750543781- £20.95
Read by Julia Franklin - General Fiction - 17 hours 30 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781785023040 - £57.50
15 CDs - 9781785023033 - £57.50

Historical Romance Novel

London Calling by Helen Carey
It will take more than Hitler's Luftwaffe to break the spirit of the residents of Lavender Road. If courage, resilience and a shared sense of humour could win wars, the conflict would already be over. It's not all harmony, though. Nurse Molly Coogan and would-be actress Jen Carter certainly don't see eye to eye. Molly, despite hating the strict discipline of wartime hospital life, is unimpressed by flighty Jen's prima donna ways. While pretty Jen, unaware of Molly's secret heartache, can't resist taking her own personal frustrations out on Molly. It's probably just as well that no one knows what challenges lie ahead.

Read by Annie Aldington - Family Saga - 20 hours 2 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781407960623 - £68.50
20 CDs - 9781407960616 - £68.50
eAudiobook - 9781407960630 - £64.50

Paranormal or Speculative Romance Novel

An Ordinary Gift by Jan Jones
Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, he has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India - or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his colleagues embark upon an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.

Large Print - 9781444831474 - £8.99

Romantic Comedy Novel

The Plumberry School Of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley
Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago. But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks' time and needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up. And with new friendships bubbling and a sprinkling of romance in the mix, Verity finally begins to feel like she's home. But when tragedy strikes, can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry while still writing her own recipe for happiness?

Read by Colleen Prendergast - General Fiction - 14 hours 7 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445062174 - £54.50
13 CDs - 9781445062167 - £54.50
eAudiobook - 9781445062181 - £50.50

RoNA Rose Award

Billionaire, Boss... Bridegroom by Kate Hardy
Gorgeous, rich CEO Hugh Moncrieff might be his office's reluctant heartthrob, but he does not date employees! Until he needs a fake date for an upcoming engagement and decides his quirky new graphic designer Bella Faraday is the perfect candidate... Except Bella is anything but the unsuitable girlfriend she's supposed to be playing! Bella's life might have been shattered by her ex, but with Hugh she feels all the pieces starting to fit back together.

Large Print - 9780263262155 - £14.99
Standard Print - 9780263263824- £14.50

The Discerning Gentleman's Guide by Virginia Heath
'Choosing a wife is not a task that should be undertaken lightly.' Bennett Montague, Sixteenth Duke of Aveley, is seeking the perfect bride. He's narrowed his search to five worthy 'Potentials'...until the arrival of his aunt's companion unravels his carefully laid plans. Having fought for everything she has, Amelia Mansfield is incensed by Bennett's wife selection methods. But as she's forced to spend time in his company she begins to see another side to Bennett - and this man is infinitely more tantalising and enticing.

Large Print - 9780263067576 - £14.99

Seven Nights With Her Ex by Louisa Heaton
For neurologist Beau Judd, a medical survival course in Yellowstone Park is her chance to experience something completely different. But her trip halfway around the world only brings her closer to her past - the man who left her at the altar! Twelve years ago Dr Gray McGregor made the most difficult decision of his life. Now, brought back together with Beau as they head into the wild, he realises what a mistake it was. Can he win back the woman he loves in just seven days?

Large Print - 9780263066883 - £14.99
Standard Print - 9780263065367 - £14.50

Unlocking Her Boss's Heart by Christy McKellen
Cara Winstone is determined to bounce back from her last - disastrous - PA job, and working for Max Firebrace is exactly how she's going to do it! Little does Cara know that walking into her brooding boss's luxurious London townhouse also has her walking into his past... Since losing his wife, Max doesn't think he has any love left to give. But something in the warmth of Cara's smile jumpstarts Max's heart again, making him wonder if he's ready for a new happy-ever-after with Cara by his side!

Large Print - 9780263261943 - £14.99
Standard Print - 9780263263435 - £14.50

Christmas In The Boss's Castle by Scarlet Wilson
Chambermaid Grace Ellis loves Christmas, but after losing her beloved grandmother she'll be spending this festive season working. So when her boss, Finlay 'Scrooge' Armstrong offers her a magical Christmas in Scotland, it's a welcome distraction from her grief. Widower Finlay is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, but when they're snowbound together in his Scottish castle Grace starts to melt the ice around his heart. He never thought he'd find love again, but maybe finding Grace is his very own Christmas miracle!

Large Print - 9780263070842 - £14.99
Standard Print -9780263065886 - £14.50

Ulverscroft would like to wish all the nominees good luck.