Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: September 2021

1 September 2021



Celia Anderson: The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon


Contemporary Romance
Harper Fiction
Paperback, ebook and audio
September 16th 2021

After fifty-eight years of playing it safe, Lucia Lemon wants something more from life, if only she knew what…One chilly spring morning, she receives a package from an old friend that will change her life forever. Inside the crate, she finds a collection of old maps and holiday photographs, the promise of a cash bonus and a beautiful compass that no longer points north.







Sandy Barker: The Dating Game


One More Chapter (HarperCollins UK)
epub (print on Dec 9)
September 10

Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love – and one had a secret identity. Abby Jones is the Anastasia Blabbergasted, sarky recapper of reality TV shows. When her recap of The Stag goes viral, the producers invite her onto the show undercover as a Doe. Only Abby may find producer Jack more to her liking than the Stag, snobby, knobhead Daniel.







Elizabeth Bailey: The Veiled Bride


Regency Romance
ebook and paperback
24 September 2021



Married by advertisement to Raith, a scarred, brooding and suspicious stranger, Rosina despairs for their future. But Raith does love her. Can he learn to trust? Will her nightmare past forever stand between them?









Nancy Barone-Wythe: No Room at the Little Cornish Inn


2nd September 2021

When Rosie Anderson’s boss suddenly assigns her to go incognito and investigate a tiny Cornish inn that is failing, her dreams of a Christmas holiday with her son are shattered. Mitchell Fitzpatrick, the handsome but flinty Irishman under investigation, is rude to say the least. But he seems to love her little Danny. It isn’t the Christmas Rosie desired, but maybe, just maybe, it could be a whole lot more…







Jan Baynham: Her Nanny’s Secret


Ruby Fiction
September 7th


Set in 1941 and 1963, Annie’s story involves secrets, forbidden love, and issues of social class. It’s over twenty years before she can face up to what she did. Justifying her decision takes her to Normandy in France and an outcome she could never have expected.







Sarah Bennett: Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point


Contemporary Romance
Boldwood Books
Ebook, Audio, Paperback
23 September 2021

Hoping to reconnect with his children, widowed doctor, Tom Nelson, relocates to the idyllic seaside village of Mermaids Point. The practice he’s taking over comes complete with a receptionist and live-in housekeeper in the shape of Nerissa Morgan. Nerissa has suffered her own tragedies and knows it will be foolish to get involved with her new boss, but just maybe it’s time to stop hiding and start living.







Jennifer Bohnet: Falling for a French Dream


Women’s contemporary
Boldwood Books
E-book, paperback, hardback and audio
9th September


For the sake of her son, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of her ex-husband’s family Olive Farm in the hills behind Nice. But the arrival of some unexpected news & guests makes Nicole assess where her future lies…







AnneMarie Brear: The Woman from Beaumont Farm


Historical saga
1st September


Can Beth cope with the grief and burdens placed upon her as she waits for news from the battlefields of France?







Terri Brisbin: The Highlander’s Inconvenient Bride

Historical Romance
Ebook and print
July 27, 2021

To strengthen an alliance between their clans, future chieftain of the mighty Cameron Clan, Robbie Cameron, must marry Sheena MacLerie even if she is the last person he would choose after her betrayal years ago. Now she is as infuriatingly elusive and secretive as ever—and, she seems intent on breaking their betrothal. If he is to uncover her secrets he must earn her trust, but that means risking so much more.







Julie Caplin: The Cosy Cottage in Ireland

Contemporary Romance
One More Chapter
September 29

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim, she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin…






Deborah Carr: An Island at War


WW2 Historical Fiction
One More Chapter
Paperback and audiobook
16th September

June 1940. While her little sister Rosie is sent to the UK to keep her safe from the invading German army, Estelle Le Maistre is left behind in Jersey to help her grandmother run the family farm. When the Germans occupy the island, everything changes and Estelle and the islanders must face the reality of life under Nazi rule.







Lucy Coleman: A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds


Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Boldwood Books
ebook, paperback and audio
Date: 2 September 2021


Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas.







Katrina Coll: A Match Made for TV


Contemporary Romance
Evernight Publishing
eBook and POD
16th September 2021



A celeb with a secret. A doctor with a dilemma. Faking they’re in love makes for good tv. But whose heart will break when the show’s over?






Sofia Due: Ed & Lily


Contemporary love story
The Book Guild
paperback and e-book
28 August 2021


Ed & Lily have a problem. They’ve got 36 hours before they’re due to fly to Iceland for a snowy Christmas break but their previously rock solid relationship is in trouble. Can they resolve their differences or will their plane leave London without them?










Hera Books
eBook digital first
16 September 2021


Beatrice is back in this festive sequel to Summer at the Highland Coral Beach and she’s loved up and wanting other inn guests to experience the same magic she did last summer. There’s low-tech dating profiles, empty-nesters on a second honeymoon, and a lonely New Yorker in exile. With added puppies and Heiland Coos.





Claire Dyer: The Significant Others of Odie May

Literary thriller
Paperback & ebook
28th July 2021

Any of them could have murdered her… but who? On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat. The novel charts Odie’s interview in Room 3 with Carl, her Initial Contact, as between them they try to work out who killed her and why. And, although Carl has it in his power to return Odie to the moment before she was killed, this comes at a price she may not be able to pay.







Elaine Everest: The Patchwork Girl


Historical Saga
2nd September (14th October for paperback/ebook/audio)

1939. After the sudden and tragic loss of her husband, Helen is returning home to her mother’s house in Biggin Hill, Kent – the one place she vowed never to go back to again. Alone and not knowing where to turn, Helen joins the local woman’s sewing group despite being hopeless with a needle and thread. These resourceful women can not only make do and mend, but their friendship mends something deeper in Helen.








Eva Glyn: The Olive Grove


Women’s Fiction
One More Chapter
Ebook (paperback and audio to follow)
3rd September 2021


An Englishwoman searching for a different future, a Croatian man desperate to escape his past. In war-torn Croatia, a woman must make an impossible choice, little knowing that after her death her decision will come back to haunt the child she loves.







R J Gould – Dream Cafe

September 2021

“Why on earth am I here?” David wonders as he observes the juvenile antics of ex-classmates at the twenty-five-year school reunion. Then he sees Bridget. David draws up a list of all that he hopes to achieve to kick-start a new life now that his wife has moved in with his best friend – his ex-best friend. A relationship with Bridget is top of the list.  Opening an art café is a close second. Formidable women–an unfaithful wife, a reckless teenage daughter, a boss from hell, a disapproving policewoman–seem like insurmountable obstacles.
But it’s still OK to dream, isn’t it?






Erin Green: From Shetland With Love At Christmas


Women’s fiction
ebook, paperback, and audio
30th September 2021


Verity embarks on an adult gap year away from her family, Isla is straight from catering college and desperate to prove her baking talents while Nessie is going for it hammer and tongs to prove her worth in a family of blacksmiths.







Rachel Hore: A Beautiful Spy


Simon & Schuster UK


It all began in the summer of 1928.
Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary but longs to make a difference. Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy.







Daisy James: Snowflakes at the Hummingbird Hotel



Romantic Comedy
30th Sept


Grab your floppy hat & sunglasses & join Abbie as she entertains a new group of guests at the quirky Hummingbird Hotel!








Lynn Johnson: Wartime with the Tram Girls

Hera Books
1 September 2021


The Potteries – 1914. Hiding her privileged background and suffragette past, Connie signs up to be a clippie on the trams. She soon makes friends with lively clippies Betty and Jean and grows close to Inspector Robert Caldwell. But another secret haunts Connie. If it comes out, it could destroy her new life.







Catherine Jones: Fates and Fortunes


9 September 2021


Miranda, Olivia and Heather find that not everyone has the best interests of Little Woodford at heart. There is more upheaval as Belinda decides she needs to retire and puts the pub up for sale








Nina Kaye: Take A Moment


Romance/Women’s Fiction
ebook and paperback
9th September 2021


When a shock diagnosis derails Alex’s life plans, she faces the reality that people now see and treat her differently. Leaving her fiancé and job behind, she moves from Glasgow to Birmingham to live life on her terms. Alex won’t let her illness define her, but will a fresh start bring happiness and new love?








Florence Keeling: A Little in Love


Romantic Comedy
Simon & Schuster

Rose Pedal is the proud owner of Pedals & Prosecco, a brand new business serving ice-cold fizz from a vintage bicycle, and excited to attend her first wedding fayre. But, on the way to Weddington Hall, she’s involved in a near-miss crash involving dashingly handsome James from Blume’s Florist. Arriving at the beautiful stately home drenched and disheveled, Rose is horrified to find James is not only not sorry for nearly knocking her off her bike, but he’s gatecrashing her allocated spot on the lawn. His arrogance gets her back up, and it’s definitely a case of hate at first sight.







Lizzie Lane: Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls (Third book in the series.)

Digital, Paperback, audio, hardback.
28th of September

The clouds of war grow bleaker both at home and abroad. Maisie and Bridget become voluntary ambulance drivers. Bridget’s heart is torn between her family and Lyndon O’Neill. Phyllis has joined the WAAF serving on the island of Malta suffering food shortages, continuous air raids, and the fear that tomorrow may never come.








              Olivia Lara: The Meeting Point

Contemporary Romance

Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus


September 2

What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love? Come on this 5-star journey to love and laughter in a dreamy Northern California beach town with Maya, the hopeless romantic, and Max, the mysterious driver. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry, Josie Silver, and Sally Thorne.









Ella Mathews: The Knights Maiden

Historical Romance

Mills & Boon


1st September

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?






Hanna Park: Finding Tiegan


Contemporary, erotic, paranormal Romance.
The Wild Rose Press
e-book and paperback
August 23, 2021

A holiday in the Algarve of Portugal…sunshine…fun-shine. It’s what I need. It’s time to be me. Time to find the woman I was before the nightmares, outlandish dreams, and sleepwalking. But I wasn’t expecting to find Tomás Ferreira, a man made for pleasure. And now, my heart throbs with unfulfilled excitement, fire burns in my belly, and swirling flames lick my thighs. I’m a glorious mess.






Helen Pollard: Christmas at Fox Farm


Contemporary romance
e-book and paperback
29 September 2021

Fox Farm, with its cosy café, beautiful studio, charming gift shop and kindly owner Jean, feels like the home and family that Daisy never had. But when Jean falls ill and secrets begin to surface, suddenly everything is at stake. Can Daisy and Jean’s handsome but stubborn nephew Alex pull together to save Christmas and Fox Farm?







Ros Rendle: The Warring Heart


Romantic military saga/series
Sapere Books
E-book and paperback
7th September 2021

It’s 1914. When the man she believes she loves deserts her, Pretoria deflects public shame by accepting an offer of marriage with Nathaniel. While he is away fighting, a past shadow comes to haunt Pretoria and she must decide where her happiness truly lies. Perhaps distance will drive them apart. Will Nathaniel survive and will Pretoria be able to share her secret and open her heart to him?








Shelley Rivers: Reunited by Her Twin Revelation


Medical Romance
Mills and Boon
Paperback and ebook
1st September 2021


Is he ready to hear her secret?
Nurse Thurza Bow had pictured this day thousands of times.The day that Dr. Logan would return. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the real thing…








Anni Rose: Recipe for Mr Perfect



Romantic Comedy
Choc Lit
28th September 2021

How do you know if you’ve found Mr Perfect or Mr Perfectly Useless?
Jess Willersey realised things with Martin weren’t perfect, but it’s still a shock when he leaves her. Is she destined to a singleton lifestyle with only her cat for company, or could a certain hat-astrophic encounter with a handsome stranger at a rather unusual wedding signal a turning point?






Jane Stubbs A Family Affair



Historical Fiction
Ebook and Paperback
September 2021


Three girls go to school as the fierce grip of Victorian conventions slackens. Two emerge as modern young women, ready to earn a living. But not Dorothea.










Catherine Tinley: Captivating the Cynical Earl


Regency romance
Mills & Boon
paperback and ebook
22 July 2021

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone, unless his frozen heart thaws before then…








Jessica Thorne: The Bookbinder’s Daughter


Fantasy/Women’s Fiction
Print, Ebook & Audio
20th September 2021


A magical Library, a broken family, a dangerous secret. An absolutely spellbinding read about long-hidden family secrets and the magic that lurks between the pages of every ancient book. Perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Night Circus and The Binding.








Evonne Wareham: A Villa in Portofino


Romantic Suspense
21 September

When Megan Morrison finds out she’s inherited an Italian villa from her estranged great-great aunt Olwen, she travels to Portofino to see the place – and faIls in love. But having long-lost relatives also means long-lost secrets – some of them stretching back as far as the Second World War. Could those secrets and a jealous obsession be powerful enough to drive Megan from her new life in the home of her dreams?







Julia Wild: The Secret Notebook


WW2 & Contemporary romance (Dual Time-Line)
One More Chapter @ Harper Collins
30th September, 2021


When saying goodbye to her beloved Nan, Izzie makes two discoveries… The first is realising that the heartache from her first love still exists;
the second is the discovery of her Nan’s secret WW2 diary…
A diary that inspires second chances…









Susan Willis: The Christmas Tasters


Contemporary Romance
Ebook & Paperback

Sarah runs taste panels at the local supermarket where six strangers meet to taste Christmas puddings and cakes. Week by week, we discover the life of each character. From, two elderly ladies at loggerheads, a young househusband struggling with twin babies, a beautiful Indian girl with an arranged marriage, a divorced high-powered lawyer who sets her sights on Mark, a widowed photographer. However, it is Sarah that Mark asks out on a date, and falls for her in a big way. With explosive happenings in the taste sessions each week, will Sarah take a chance with Mark?







Susan Willis: The Guest For Christmas Lunch

Contemporary Romance
Ebook & Paperback


Michael and Davina Philips have hit a crossroads having spent seven years trying for a baby. The pressure of trying to conceive means that lovemaking must be planned, and the spontaneity has gone. Yearning for change, Davina throws caution aside.
Although they’ve always wished for an addition to their family on Christmas Day, a surprise guest arrives. Will their marriage survive, or will they go their separate ways?







Jenny Worstall: Face The Music


Romantic Comedy
DC Thomson
large print pocket novel

Dazzlingly talented violinist Allegra is travelling to Spain for a concert when she bumps into the last person on earth she wants to see, her ex-fiancé Zack. There’s plenty of drama including a stolen violin, secrets from the past, mysterious photos and an unexploded World War Two bomb before Allegra finds her happy ever after.






Jenny Worstall: Perfectly In Tune



Romantic Comedy
DC Thomson
large print pocket novel


After a broken engagement, convent school music teacher Flora’s heart was utterly devastated. But then, she met a new violin teacher, Joe. Would he be a note of disharmony in her life, or — after a few rehearsals! — would they make beautiful music together?







Sheila Riley brings you New Releases every month. She writes family sagas, published by Boldwood Books. Her latest release is THE MERSEY ANGELS. Represented by Felicity Trew/ The Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.  Sheila is a member of the RNA and Society of Authors.