In recognition of her vast body of work, Romantic Times has honored New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis with the 2009 RT BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Fiction.
As one of the top selling fiction authors in the inspirational market, Lewis is not only the leading author of Amish fiction, but also its pioneer: She largely developed the genre beginning with the release of her first adult novel, The Shunning, in 1997. Recent surges in both reader interest and publisher output of Amish fiction has gained national attention, garnering coverage by Time magazine, the BBC World News service, The Wall Street Journal and Nightline, among others.
The winners and nominees of the RT BOOK REVIEWS Awards are selected by the Romantic Times staff of more than 50 reviewers, who represent the readers' voice in the women's fiction industry. The winners will be officially honored during the 2010 RT BOOKLOVERS Convention in Columbus, OH, April 29, 2010.