RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries.

Judging guidelines: Novels of any tone or style, set in any place or time are eligible for this category. A romance must be an integral part of the plot or subplot, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

2012 selection

How to Bake a Perfect Life: A Novel

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2012

by Barbara O'Neal

In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters—and the healing magic of homemade bread.

 

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2011 selection

Welcome to Harmony

Harmony #1

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2011

by Jodi Thomas

Never-before-published-from the New York Times bestselling author of Rewriting Monday

Sixteen-year-old runaway Reagan has always wanted a place to belong. She's never had a real home of her own, but perhaps...


2010 selection

The Lost Recipe for Happiness

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2010

by Barbara O'Neal

In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find….

It’s the opportunity Elena...


2007 selection

A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2007

by Laurien Gardner

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


2006 selection

Lady Luck's Map of Vegas

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2006

by Barbara Samuel

A successful Web designer, forty-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver and a sexy Irish lover in New York who jets out to see her on bi-weekly visits. The long-distance romance suits India just...


2004 selection

Between Sisters

RITA Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements 2004

by Kristin Hannah

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

No one knows you like your sister. She can make you laugh or break your heart with a single word. And no one writes novels like Kristin Hannah, an author who vividly explores the...