RITA Best Inspirational Romance

Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the romantic relationship.

Judging guidelines: In this category, religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are blended with and form a significant part of the love story, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

2012 selection

The Measure of Katie Calloway

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2012

by Serena Miller

A determined young woman with a secret past hires on as a cook in an 1870s Northwoods lumber camp.


2008 selection

Touch of Grace

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2008

by Linda Goodnight

The moment her sister's body was discovered near Ian Carpenter's New Orleans mission, crusading journalist Gretchen Barker was torn between devastating grief and a desire for revenge. She mourned her sister's...


2007 selection

Revealed

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2007

by Tamera Alexander

Anabelle and trail guide Matthew seek fresh beginnings from past mistakes as they travel west in search of the future. Fountain Creek Chronicles book 2.


2006 selection

Heavens to Betsy

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2006

by Beth Pattillo

Blessed Are the Fabulous.

Life would be perfect for Reverend Betsy Blessing if it weren't for parishioners who keel over during her sermons, steal money from the collection box, and set her up with ex-cons. Not...


2004 selection

Autumn Dreams

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2004

by Gayle Roper

Somewhere between wishes and reality...lie dreams. Her mother, father, and nephew all need her—but have Cass's dreams gotten lost in the crunch?

They call it the “sandwich generation.” Daughter, sister,...


2003 selection

Never Say Goodbye

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2003

by Irene Hannon

FROM HEAVEN TO HELL…

Three years ago, married father Scott Mitchell had everything a man could want. Then, in a blinding instant, a fateful error in judgment shattered his perfect world. Yet through the long...


2002 selection

Beneath a Southern Sky

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 2002

by Deborah Raney

"Deborah Raney reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways…but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.”

--Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note and The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor series

Her Second Husband...


1997 selection

The Scarlet Thread

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 1997

by Francine Rivers

Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra...


1995 selection

An Echo in the Darkness

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 1995

by Francine Rivers

This classic series has inspired nearly 2 million readers. Both loyal fans and new readers will want the latest edition of this beloved series. This edition includes a foreword from the publisher, a preface...