Romantic Novelists' Association

Bella Osborne – The Promise Of Summer,

16 March 2022

Bella Osborne

TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 2022 Local novelist, Bella Osborne, is the joint winner of the Jane Wenham-Jones Award for Romantic Comedy with her novel, The Promise of Summer, for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual Romantic Novel Awards for 2022. The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. She lives in Warwickshire with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing, Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

She commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won. It means so much that readers enjoyed this romantic comedy about how first impressions can be so wrong. There’s nothing better than knowing you’ve made someone laugh and in current times we need happy endings more than ever. It takes a lot of people to get a book to publication especially in the middle of a pandemic so I am indebted to my fabulous publishing team at Avon, HarperCollins, my agent, Kate Nash, booksellers, librarians and book bloggers and my family who have been so supportive throughout my writing career.”

THE PROMISE OF SUMMER BOOK BLURB (Publisher: Avon, HarperCollins)

Ruby’s life is about to change forever … After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all? When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn’t counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down. As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy ever after along the way?


Since becoming a mum, I had stopped my writing hobby; but a chance encounter with a life coach in my day job led to me finishing a full novel and eventually being published.


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