It was a sparkling night to celebrate the Romantic Novel Awards, better known as the RoNAs, at the magnificent Gladstone Library in Whitehall. Here is our night in pictures.
Jane Jackson and Elaine Everest catch up before the awards begin
The air was tingling with excitement as we sipped our wine. Natalie Kleinman, Sarah Stephenson, Elaine E, Rosemary Goodacre and our own Elaine.
Time for a chat with friends before sitting down. Karen Aldous chats with Sarah.
Getting cameras ready for the event. Francesca, Melanie Rivers and Elaine E.
Who do you think will win? Karen chats with Kathleen McGurl.
Pass the bubbly!
Jane Wenham-Jones hosted the evening and Fern Britton presented the prizes.
Melanie Hudson, winner of the Contemporary Romantic Novel with ‘The Wedding Cake Tree’.
Emma Hannigan, winner of The Epic Romantic Novel with ‘The Secrets We Share’.
Iona Grey, winner of the Historical Romantic Novel for ‘Letters to the Lost’.
Milly Johnson, winner of the Romantic Comedy Novel with ‘Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café’.
Annie O’Neil, winner of the RoNA Rose with ‘Doctor… To Duchess?’.
Lucy Inglis, winner of the Young Adult Romantic Novel with ‘Crow Mountain’.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Claire Lorimer.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Anita Burgh.
Iona Grey stepped up once more as the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Goldsboro Books.
Congratulations to all the winning and short listed authors.
You can see more photos from the event here: 2016 RoNA Awards Event