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Debbie Johnson shortlisted for the RNA Awards 2017

Summer at the ‘Comfort Food Café’ shortlisted for Best Contemporary Romance Novel

The RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) is recognising independently published authors for the first time at their RNA Awards 2017. Additionally, small presses Lake Union Publishing, Yule Press and The Wild Rose Press will feature alongside major publishers including Orion and HarperCollins.


Having just announced their shortlist, which includes Debbie, Eileen Ramsay, the chairman of RNA had this to say: “Romantic fiction appears in many guises and continues to dominate the best-seller lists. Our awards celebrate the many shades of romantic fiction, highlighting the wide appeal of the genre and some of the best examples from the last year.”


The awards will be presented on 13th March in the Gladstone Library.


About the book:

The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.


For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.


Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.


For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…


‘My new favourite author’ – Holly Martin, bestselling author of ‘Summer at Rose Island’


‘A lovely, emotion-filled, giggle-inducing story’ – Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson


‘Heart-warming and optimistic, Summer at the Comfort Food Café is a genuinely gorgeous novel, a book of hope and solidarity, friendship and humour and the belief that everything might just turn out okay after all’ – Sophie, Reviewed the Book


‘Everything I hoped it would be and more’ – Becca’s Books


‘Fans of Paige Toon will enjoy this beautiful story’ – Erin’s Choice


‘If this book had arms it would grab you and pull you in to the most amazing book ever…just magical’ – Lisa Talks About


‘An engaging, entertaining and loveable book’ – Rae’s Reads


‘I wish I could actually go there…an original story and it has such a romantic ending’ – With Love for Books