RITA Best First Novel

A full-length book entered in any of the other contest categories. To be eligible, the author (or authors in the case of a writing team) shall not have had any other novel or novella previously published in any format.

 

1999 selection

My Darling Caroline

RITA Best First Novel 1999

by Adele Ashworth

“Remarkable...an emotionally enthralling story. Readers will embrace these entertaining characters.”

 —Arnette Lamb

 

A true classic, My Darling Caroline marked the debut of USA Today bestselling author...


1992 selection

Candle in the Window

RITA Best First Novel 1992

by Christina Dodd

Lady Saura of Roget lives a lonely life of servitude—her fortune controlled by her cruel, unscrupulous stepfather. Yet it is she who has been called upon to brighten the days of Sir William of Miraval, a proud...