Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: June 2020

1 June 2020



Rhoda Baxter: That Holiday in France

Contemporary/Multicultural Rom-Com
Independently published
Ebook (Kindle only), paperback
01 Jun 2010


When Ellie’s boyfriend forbids her from going to France, she dumps him and goes anyway. Just when she’s getting used to doing things for herself, she meets Ash, who is everything her ex wasn’t. But is she willing to compromise her newfound independence by tying herself to another man?











Vengeance…or love? Will Alfwen have to choose between them? And what part will the handsome Master Cook, Swein, play in her life?








Lynne Shelby: The Summer of Taking Chances

Contemporary Romance
Headline Accent
Paperback and Ebook
4th June 2020


When Jake left their village, he took Emma’s dreams with him. Now he’s back for the summer. There’s clearly still a connection between them, but Jake has damaged her heart once already. Will Emma ever be able to give him a second chance…






Victoria Cooke: Sun, Sea and Sangria

Contemporary Romance
HQ Digital
ebook and paperback
10th June (ebook) 6th Aug paperback

Kat swore off dating many years ago after her marriage ended in a catastrophic mess. Having moved to the Canary Islands for a fresh start, she has never had much time for romance, channeling all her energy into managing all-male dance troupe – the Heavenly Hunks. With golden beaches, sparkling blue water and relaxing after work with a glass of sangria – or three – for Kat, it’s summer all year round. But despite life being postcard perfect, Kat can’t help but wonder if she is missing out on the most important thing of all… love. The dancers are known for their flirtatious antics and aren’t looking for anything serious… except Jay.






Daisy James: Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency

Romantic comedy
11th June 2020


When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Kat and Dylan’s ‘English village fête’ wedding, she’s determined that this time everything will go according to her carefully laid plans; no ice bucket challenges, no whoopee cushions, and absolutely no googly eyes attached to everything in sight!






Daisy Tate: The Happy Glampers

Women’s Fiction
Harper Fiction
11 JUNE 2020
Is friendship meant to last forever? Charlotte Mayfield hopes so. Especially as she’s throwing some luxury glamping into the mix.
After fifteen years of trying to be the perfect wife, maybe Charlotte’s best friends from uni – Freya, Emily and Izzy – can still glimpse the woman she’d once set out to be. Freya is up for it. Could a powwow with her yesteryear besties helps her knock some sense into her useless husband?
Emily’s hiding her own crisis from her parents, colleagues and now, her mates. Can a weekend under canvas get her to open up?
Izzy’s back from a decade abroad with an unexpected addition, her nine-year-old daughter Flora. She’s also keeping another big secret, one that’s brought her home for good.
Will a year of yurts mend two decades of hurts – or are some things, like shower blocks, burnt sausages and no wi-fi, best left in the past…






Daisy Tate: A Bicycle Built for Sue

Women’s Fiction
Harper Fiction
11 JUNE 2020


Sue Young has never asked for much apart from a quiet life. She’s always been happy with her call centre job and dinner on the table at six o clock; that was until her husband’s suicide tore her tranquility into little shreds.








Julie Caplin: The Little Teashop in Tokyo

Contemporary Romance
One More Chapter/HarperCollins
Kindle and paperback
11 June 2020
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses-paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true. Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe. Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting, but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe see life and each other differently?








Contemporary Romance
Hodder & Stoughton
Paperback, Ebook & Audio
12 June 2020


Small-town florist Natasha is determined to leave the past far behind her. But when she learns her ex-husband never told his family about their divorce – and that he needs her to accompany him on a trip to the French countryside – could love bloom again between them?







Helen Pollard: The Little Shop in Cornwall

Contemporary women’s fiction
e-bo ok and paperback
15 June 2020

Claudia never regretted leaving city life behind and escaping to this coastal paradise. With her cheeky cat Pudding, she has built a community of loyal friends who feel like family. Her shop by the beach brings joy to locals and visitors alike, and life has settled into a perfect, comfortable rhythm. That is until widower Jason moves to town with his teenage daughter Millie.







Judy Leigh: The Old Girls’ Network

Women’s humorous fiction
Kindle Edition, Audio Books, Paperback
Boldwood Books
16 June 2020


77-year-old Barbara and her sister Pauline encounter vagrant Bisto, who becomes an unexpected houseguest. As summer arrives in the village, their lives become entwined. But can they embrace fresh starts, new loves and new horizons. Or do old habits die too hard?







Kitty Wilson: The Cornish Village School – Happy Ever After

Romantic comedy
Canelo Escape
18th June 2020

When you’ve spent your life trying to be perfect, how easy is it to let go?
Marion Markshop is the undisputed queen of Penmenna and has the perfect life – ask anyone. Marion sets out to change her autocratic ways by starting up a wedding planning enterprise in the village. But between her husband’s suspicious absences, her PTA frenemies and her own perfectionist tendencies, organising the dream wedding for her friend isn’t going smoothly and she’s running out of time to pull it off… In this final book in the Cornish Village School series, the village comes together one last time to make sure everyone gets their happy ever after.






Elaine Roberts: The West End Girls

Historical Saga
Aria, Head of Zeus
18th June 2020
In 1914 London, Annie and Rose stumble into jobs at the Lyceum Theatre. Being a dresser to capricious star Kitty Smythe wasn’t exactly what Annie had in mind. But then the musical director, Matthew Harris, offers her singing lessons. And Annie starts to wonder – could this be her chance? With the threat of war in the air, everything is uncertain. Is there a place for hopes and dreams when so much is at stake?







Margaret Kaine: A Life of Secrets

Romantic Historical Fiction
Allison & Busby
18 June 2020
Deploring social injustice, Lady Deborah Claremont opens a staff agency, concealing the fact that she’s a member of the aristocracy. But Deborah has become accustomed to keeping secrets. It began eight years ago in 1918 when her dashing French lieutenant was tragically killed. Amid an undercurrent of social unrest and with the General Strike looming ahead, Deborah meets two very different men, handsome Theodore Field, MP and the charismatic union firebrand Evan Morgan. Deborah is torn between her feelings for Theo and the magnetism between herself and Evan. But then she is astounded by a mystery, one she is desperate to solve. And when its explosive secret is revealed, she discovers that she has been both manipulated and betrayed…





Julie Butterfield: Agony Auntics

Romantic Comedy
19th June 2020


As an agony aunt, Fliss Carmichael should have all the answers, but when her own marriage starts to unravel at the seams, she hasn’t a clue where to start. After a simple mistake causes an unintended role swap, she becomes the one seeking advice from an unlikely source!







Natalie Normann: Summer Island

contemporary romance
One More Chapter
24th of June.


Home is where the heart is, but is Jack’s heart with the career he left behind in London, or on the wind-swept shores of Summer Island on the west-coast of Norway, with Ninni?








Katie Ginger: Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay

Romantic Comedy
HQ Digital
24 June 2020


Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?







Adrienne Chinn: The English Wife

Historical Romance Timeslip
One More Chapter
Digital and Paperback
June 25, 2020


Architect Sophie Parry finds herself stranded in a Newfoundland outport in the days after 9/11, where she seeks refuge with her estranged war bride aunt Ellie. Will the family secrets she uncovers change her life forever?







Helena Dixon: Murder at The Playhouse

Cozy historical mystery
E-book, Paperback, Audio
30th June 2020

Late summer 1933. After a quarrel with too-plucky-for-her-own-good amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay, dashing ex-army captain Matthew Bryant is nursing his wounds, and a tumbler of brandy, when there’s a heavy knock at the door and he finds himself arrested for murder.








Louise Allen: The Earl’s Marriage Bargain

Harlequin Mills & Boon
Paperback & ebook
June 2020

The Liberated Ladies series Book 2. All Jane Newnham wants is to perfect her skills as a portraitist, but after drawing a footman in the nude (the footman, not Jane…) she’s banished to Cousin Violet near Bath. Rescuing an earl from a brawl in Kensington High Street lands Jane in a compromising situation she’d rather ignore. Ivo Merton had a broken heart, a guilty conscience and a stab wound. Now he has an unconventional artist on his hands and he knows he is honour-bound to marry her. But Jane has other ideas and the secrets in Ivo’s past come back to haunt him. Will his marriage bargain end in kisses – or disaster?




Shelley Rivers: Tempted by the Brooding Vet

Medical Romance
Mills and Boon
June 2020
Paperback and e-book
Alex Morsi: Heartbreaker…or heart-healer?
The lush Dorset countryside is just what veterinary nurse Kiki Brown needs to regroup after her broken engagement. What she doesn’t need is grumpy-but-gorgeous new boss, local vet Alex Morsi, and the temptation of his sweet kisses! Yet the shadows in Alex’s eyes are all too compelling for soft-hearted Kiki. She’s been let down badly before, but can Alex prove that he’s the man who will always be by her side?





Maggie Richell-Davies: The Servant

Historical Novel
Sharpe Books
Electronic and POD form
June 2020
Hannah Hubert may be the granddaughter of a French merchant and the daughter of a Spitalfields silk weaver, but she has come down in the world.
Sent as maidservant to a disgraced aristocrat, she finds herself in a house of mysteries, with a locked room and auctions being held behind closed doors.
But – unknown to her employers – Hannah can read. And it is only when she uses her education to uncover the secrets of the house that she realises the danger she’s in.





Emma Jackson: Summer in the City

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Format: ebook
Publisher: Orion Dash
Release Date: 8th June 2020

Sometimes the one thing you’re looking for is right in front of you…
Stephen is on a very personal mission to find his father as per the wishes in their mother’s will. But he has no idea where to start, not that he’s going to tell anyone that… When Noelle, native New Yorker, daughter of a detective and desperate for a distraction from the novel she’s been struggling to write, offers to help, it feels like the perfect solution.
Except the last time she spoke to Stephen he thought they’d be seeing the New Year in together and instead she stood him up and sold him out! Stephen’s big enough and been around the block enough times to understand that all is fair in love and war, isn’t he? But when Stephen accepts her offer and they begin their search across the city, it soon becomes clear that the weather isn’t the only thing that’s heating up.





Rosemary Goodacre: Until the War is Over

Historical Romance
Hera Books
6 May 2020
The sequel to Until We Meet Again.

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?
Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent have experienced battle, he as an officer and she as a nurse.
1918: The War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.
Edmond, struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friend Charles fights in one of the most desperate battles. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak. Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?





Stephania Hartley: Sun, Stars and Limoncello

Contemporary Romance
Totally Bound
Ebook, print-on-demand
26th May 2020, General release 7th July 2020
After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.
A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.
What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?





Jan Jones: Different Rules

1990s family romance
E-pub and paperback
28th May 2020
The vicarage at Seetings has welcomed poets, painters, dissidents and down-and-outs for as long as Maggie Scott can remember. Grieving herself, when she finds troubled Irish writer Gervase Kennedy sleeping rough in her father’s church, it is natural to offer him a room and the space to come to terms with his demons. She has no idea her decision will herald a new phase of living, loving and growing that will involve her as intimately as it does everyone else in the vibrant, disparate household.





Annie Burrows: From Cinderella to Countess

Historical romance
Mills & Boon
paperback and ebook
May 28th

After penniless Eleanor spurns a cynical proposal of marriage from Lord Lavenham, she has no alternative but to quit her job, and leave her home. In London, she hopes to find new employment, but that is when she gets embroiled in a series of events that require her to don a disguise and assume a false identity. A disguise which doesn’t fool Lord Lavenham for a moment. But will he keep her secret or expose her, and ruin everything?






Rachel Dove: The Second Chance Hotel

HQ digital
Ebook 29th May. Paperback and audio – 6th August.


A heartwarming, laugh out loud romance to escape with this Summer!








New Releases: brought to you every month by Sheila Riley who writes sagas set around the River Mersey. Author of The Mersey Orphan. The Mersey Girls is out in August and she is working on her third novel in the Reckoner’s Row series. Sheila is represented by Felicity Trew and published by Boldwood Books.