Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: April 2020

1 April 2020


Jennifer Bohnet: Rendez-vous in Cannes



Women’s Fiction
Boldwood Books
E-book Paperback and Audi1st April.

Two very different women are starring in their own real-life drama behind the scenes of the Cannes Film Festival. Only one thing is certain – their lives are about to change forever. A sweeping bittersweet love story.








AnneMarie Brear: Eden’s Conflict.




Historical Saga.

When the past comes back to haunt her, it threatens all she holds dear. She must protect her daughters.







Jill Barry: Melting Evie’s Heart



Contemporary Romance
Ulverscroft Limited
1st April 2020

Escaping to spend Christmas in her parents’ idyllic country home, Evie encounters gorgeous antiques dealer, Jake. When the leading duo in the village pantomime drops out after a bust-up, Evie and Jake are roped in to take over. But with Evie playing Cinderella, just how seriously will Jake take his new role as Prince Charming?







Merryn Allingham: The Venice Atonement

Historical Romantic Suspense
1 April 2020

Was it an accident- or murder? Newlywed Nancy witnesses a violent death at the opera and feels compelled to investigate the mystery surrounding it. Gradually, as Nancy uncovers the dark side of Venice, she realises she may be forced to make a choice – the truth, or her life?






Alan C. Williams: Searching for Scarlett

Ulverscroft Linford Romance
Large Print
April 1st 2020

It’s 1995 and newly promoted Detective Constable Kimberly Frost is thrown in at the deep end with a double child abduction case to solve – then is struck down with a health condition that leaves her struggling to communicate. Even worse is the way that the kidnapper seems to know her every move. The criminal is clearly a whizz with computers but luckily so is her childhood pal Mark, whose unfailing support is complicated by his desire to become more than just a friend. How will Kimberly cope with it all?






Merryn Allingham: A Tale of Two Sisters

Historical Romantic Suspense
1 April 2020

When Alice Verinder’s beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. As she digs deeper into the secrets of the exotic palace, she has only Englishman Harry Frome to help her. Their search will face them both with unforeseen dangers. And is Alice ready for the devastating truths she’ll uncover?






Fenella J Miller: The Spitfire Girl: Over and Out



Historical saga/romance
Aria Head of Zeus
e book and paperback
April 2nd 2020

All’s fair in love and war for First Officer Ellie as she takes to the skies yet again in the final instalment of Fenella Miller’s Spitfire Girl series.








Carol McGrath: The Silken Rose



Headline Group
2nd April 2020 ebook/pb to follow July 22nd.

Beautiful, romantic Ailenor of Provence is married to Henry III at only thirteen years old. Determined to protect dynasty and family, in time she challenges Henry’s rebellious barons. Caught in a web of treachery and deceit, she-wolf Ailenor’s courage is tested to the limit.
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Lucy Coleman: Summer in Provence



Women’s Contemporary
Boldwood Books
Audio, ebook and paperback
7 April 2020
A windfall allows married couple Fern and Aiden to take a one-year sabbatical from work. Aiden goes backpacking and Fern heads off to Provence to learn how to paint. As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage? Or will Provence change Fern’s life forever?







Libby Ashworth: The Cotton Spinner


Paperback and ebook
16th April 2020

Lancashire 1826.
The rise of the mills is about to change everything!
When Jennet and Titus Eastwood move into Blackburn to find work their lives are changed in ways they could never have imagined, especially when Titus is sent to prison for attending a Reform meeting and Jennet finds herself pregnant and alone – with another man’s child.






Margaret Kaine: A Daughter’s Hope

Allison & Busby
16 APRIL 2020

When her loving but strict parents pass away, twenty-one-year-old Megan is left penniless and alone. However, for the first time in her life, she has the freedom to explore who she really is. She begins to come out of her shell, trying daring new things, wearing makeup, buying modern clothes and going out dancing. Soon, she starts stepping out with a dependable local man. And when taken under the wing of the wealthy Celia Bevington, she discovers that there is so much more to life than working as a paintress in the local pottery factory. But as she gets to know Nathan, a dashing American visitor, she starts to question whether she should be wanting more from life. On top of that, a mysterious silver hairbrush left to her by her late mother is about to lead to revelations that will turn her world upside down.





Claire Huston: Art and Soul




Contemporary romance
Independently published
Ebook and paperback
23rd April 2020

Life-fixer Becky faces her toughest career challenge in the form of a failing artist. But will solving Charlie’s personal and professional mid-life crisis means denying herself, love?







Zara Stoneley: ‘The First Date’




contemporary romance/romcom
HarperCollins, One More Chapter
Ebook, paperback and audio
24th April 2020

Right place, right time, wrong guy! A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time.







Sharon Booth: To Catch a Witch



Romantic Comedy
Green Ginger Publishing
EBook with paperback to follow

The past is colliding with the present and the future is in jeopardy. No wonder the High Council of Witches is a bit miffed. Will the St Clairs have enough strength, courage and chocolate fudge cake to see them through? Or is this the end of the world as they know it?






Heidi Swain: The Secret Seaside Escape



Commercial fiction
Simon and Schuster
Paperback, e-book, audiobook
April 30th

Tess Tyler needs a break so she’s heading to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child. With its sandy beaches and welcoming community, she feels like she can breathe again. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises some secrets are about to catch up with her . . .






Nicola Cornick: The Forgotten Sister



Paperback, e-book and audio
30th April 2020
Disgraced celebrity Lizzie Kingdom finds her life starting to echo that of an infamous Tudor mystery when the wife of her best friend, Dudley, dies in a fall. As history repeats itself can Lizzie escape the power of the past and forge a different future?







Daisy James: The Cornish Confetti Agency.


12th March 2020

The first in a new sun-filled series from the author of the Villa Limoncello trilogy.
Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency! When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she knew her highly strung boss would fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!








Sheila Riley brings you New Releases every month.

Sheila writes historical sagas set mainly in the Merseyside area. Published by Boldwood Books, and represented by Felicity Trew of The Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.