We are thrilled that A Colourful Country Escape by Anita Faulkner is a contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for 2022.
Set in the breath-taking Cotswolds, A Colourful Country Escape follows the story of Lexie Summers, a vibrant but penniless social media manager whose world collides with that of her new, wealthy but seemingly dull boss “Beige Ben.” As they work together to save Ben’s failing paint business, will they discover that their feelings for each other aren’t so black and white? Described by her agent Kate Nash as a ‘sparkling new voice,’ Anita’s debut was published by Sphere (Little, Brown) on Thursday 9th June 2022.
The award showcases authors whose debut romantic fiction novels have gone through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are subsequently accepted for publication. The winner will be announced on Saturday 16th July 2022 during the annual RNA conference, which is being held at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire.
Anita says, “I’m honoured that A Colourful Country Escape is a contender for the prestigious Joan Hessayon award. It’s extra special to receive the announcement during publication week too. The RNA has been such a huge part of my journey and this award has long since been on my wish list! As always, there are lots of fantastic contenders this year and I wish everyone luck. I’d also like to pass on my huge thanks to everyone at the RNA who makes these opportunities possible.”
Anita Faulkner is joined as a contender by Jennifer Bibby’s The Cornish Hideaway (Simon & Schuster UK), Suzie Hull’s In This Foreign Land (Orion Dash), Laura R. Leeson’s The Valentine Retreat (Champagne Book Group), Lissa Morgan’s The Welsh Lord’s Convenient Bride (Mills & Boon Historical), Kirstie Pelling’s Life’s a Catastrophe (Embla Books), Alex Stone’s The Perfect Daughter (Boldwood Books), Jessie Wells’ The Good News Gazette (One More Chapter), and Helen Yendall’s A Wartime Secret (HQ Digital).