RITA Best Long Historical Romance

Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945, and taking place in any location.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.


2003 selection

Stealing Heaven

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2003

by Madeline Hunter

Nationally bestselling author Madeline Hunter has thrilled her legions of fans with sensuous novels of intrigue, adventure, and romance. Now she weaves a spectacular tale of an English knight, a Welsh rebel,...

2002 selection

The Bridal Season: A Loveswept Classic Romance

RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2002

by Connie Brockway

With the dazzling storytelling that has become her trademark, acclaimed author Connie Brockway sweeps readers to Victorian England—a glittering world of titled society and scandalous secrets—in the enchanting...

2001 selection


RITA Best Long Historical Romance 2001

by Jo Beverley

A RITA award-winning novel from the New York Times–bestselling author of An Unwilling Bride.


“Today’s most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) takes...