Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: April 2022

28 March 2022



Susan Buchanan: Sign of the Times


Contemporary Romance
Susan Buchanan
Paperback and ebook

Sagittarius – Travel writer Holly heads to Tuscany to research her next book, but when she meets Dario, she knows she’s in trouble. Can she resist temptation? And what do her mixed feelings mean for her future with her fiancé?
Twelve signs. Holly links them all. A tale of love, family, friendship and the lengths we go to in pursuit of our dreams.







Jeevani Charika: Playing For Love

Paperback and audio
HQ Digital
14 April 2022

Sam has a crush on famous video-gamer Blaze, and she’s thrilled when she’s teamed up with him in a virtual tournament. But what Sam doesn’t know is that Blaze is the secret alter ego of Luke, her shy colleague.
Luke fancies Sam.
Sam fancies Blaze.
How will this game of love play out?







Lola Jaye: The Attic Child

Historical Fiction
April 28th 2022

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a secret.
A hauntingly powerful, emotionally charged and unique dual-narrative novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging, seen through the lens of Black British History.






Elaine Everest: The Woolworths Saturday Girls



Historical saga
Paperback, eBook, Audio
Pan Macmillan
17th March 2022

1950: The 2nd World War is over and life has moved on for the Woolworths Girls in a world where women have high expectations for their daughters, wanting them to seize opportunities they didn’t have themselves. Ready to take on Saturday jobs at Woolworths Bessie, Claudette, Clemmie and Dorothy are faced with unforeseeable challenges.







Eva Glyn: An Island of Secrets


WW2 dual timeline romance
One More Chapter
29th April

In war, no choice is ever simple and in 1944 British SOE operative Guy Barclay is forced to leave behind the woman he loves in war-torn Yugoslavia. When his granddaughter’s life begins to crumble around her, he sends her to the island of Vis to try to find out what happened after he left.








Eva Glyn: The Olive Grove



women’s fiction
W F Howes
large print
1st April

In war torn Croatia a woman must make the hardest decision of her life. It is only after her death, twenty-five years later, that the child she loves will pay the price.








Caroline James: The Spa Break



Romantic Comedy
One More Chapter (HarperCollins UK)
15th April 2022

A laugh-out-loud, feel-good later in life romantic comedy that shows 70 really is the new 40! The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!







Leonie Mack: We’ll Always Have Venice

Romantic Comedy
Boldwood Books
ebook, paperback, audio, hardback
28 April 2022

Marine biologist Norah heads to Venice for an internship and to pick up the pieces of her life – alone. She didn’t expect her lagoon guide to be a gorgeous and all-round wonderful human being, Gianluca. But she’s been hurt before and knows her career must come first, and she would hate to leave Gianluca broken-hearted when the summer ends, so they decide to be friends. But the line between friendship and something more can be very blurry.








Ella Matthews: The Knight’s Tempting Ally

Historical Romance
Mills & Boon
31st March 2022

A knight’s enemy
Becomes his closest ally…
Knight Theo Glenville will do whatever it takes to discover who’s plotting against his King. So befriending—and even romancing—his target’s middle daughter, Medea, is merely part of his sworn duty. But what isn’t? Falling under the spell of a woman who’s anything but plain in his eyes! Yet every day they become closer, the more torn he is between his allegiance to king or his heart…






Sheila Riley: The Mersey Mothers

Historical. Family Saga
Boldwood Books
Paperback ebook, large print, audio.
19 April 2022

3rd Reckoner’s Row saga.
1953: The residents of Reckoner’s Row are looking forward to the Coronation street celebrations. Evie is excited about her summer wedding to Danny Harris, and Ada Harris hears a deathbed secret that threatens to upset Evie and Danny’s plans – as a killer roams Reckoner’s Row.






Elaine Roberts: Secret Hopes for the West End Girls


Historical (Saga)
Aria, Head of Zeus
Digital e-book
28th April 2022

1915, London. War’s raging, but Rose Spencer’s hopeful and in love with Charlie.
Working as a seamstress at the London’s Lyceum Theatre, Rose secretly dreams of seeing her designs come to life.
When a German bomb drops on The Strand, her life is turned upside down – is hope for the future lost for good? Can she find the strength to fight on?







Ian Wilfred: A New Start In Spain



Women’s Fiction
Ebook / Paperback
Tuesday 5th April

Fiona closed the Villa door, her heart racing. She had finally done it. After thirty years of marriage, she had left Dean, but what was she doing in Spain? A NEW START IN SPAIN is an uplifting feel-good read, a story of friendships and new beginnings.








Jenny Worstall: A Mystery at St Hilda’s

Romantic fiction
Ulverscroft (Linford Romance)
Paperback (large print)

August 1970. Eleven-year-old Trixie is miserably homesick when she first arrives at St Hilda’s Convent School, but once she meets young novice Sister Anne and the new chaplain Father Tom, life becomes more interesting. There are obstacles aplenty to overcome before Trixie finally settles in: she gets caught up in a great adventure, and nothing is quite as it seems — especially Father Tom! Meanwhile, despite her vocation, romance blossoms between Anne and the priest…







Sheila Riley brings you New Releases every month. Author of the Mersey Dockside series and The Reckoner’s Row series, her third Reckoner’s Row novel; The Mersey Mothers is out on the 19th of April. Published by Boldwood Books. Sheila’s agent is Caroline Sheldon of the eponymous Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency and she is a member of the RNA. The Society of Authors. The Society of Women Writers and Journalists and The Liverpool History Society.