Accent Press has signed romantic comedy Puzzle Girl by debut novelist Rachael Featherstone.
World English rights were acquired from David H Headley at DHH Literary Agency.
Puzzle Girl tells the story of “single, career-focused” Cassy Brookes, who writes a message in a puzzle book when stuck in a doctor’s office one day. When she returns for a check-up she sees someone has replied.
"Will finding the mystery puzzle-man be the cure to all her problems or will the truth turn out to be a bitter pill to swallow?" The publisher said.
Rebecca Lloyd, senior editor at Accent Press, said: “Featherstone’s upcoming romantic comedy Puzzle Girl is Bridget Jones meets "You’ve Got Mail". Rachael is one to watch for 2017: we believe she’s the next Sophie Kinsella.”
Headley said: “I am delighted with the passion shown to Rachael’s debut by Rebecca and her team and that Accent’s plans for publishing as a lead title are very exciting.”
Featherstone said: “I am so delighted that Accent love Puzzle Girl as much as I do and I hope readers will love it too. It has been a long – but fun – road getting here and it feels like the journey has just begun.”
Puzzle Girl is due for release in February 2017.