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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 10:02 am
‘East of the Sun’ named Romantic Novel of the Year
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Conveniently in time for Valentine’s Day, the Romantic Novel of the year was announced by the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. The shortlist included:

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
Before the Storm by Judith Lennox
Sophia’s Secret by Susanna Kearsley
The Last Concubine by Lesley Downer

But the honor went to Julia Gregson for East of the Sun. Judges’ chair Alice O’Keeffe said the book is about “lots of different kinds of love”:

“There’s the true love they’re looking for, the love they develop for India the country, and the deep friendships they establish. . . . We thought the writing was exceptionally good-it really transports the reader to India at the time of the Raj. The three central characters are beautifully drawn-really sympathetic and engaging.” From The Guardian
 


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