Arrow Books has acquired Caroline Khoury's debut, It Must Be Love, plus a second untitled book.
Jennie Rothwell, editor at the Cornerstone imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Kate Burke at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. Khoury's debut will be published in February 2022.
It Must Be Love will follow Abbie and Oz as they reunite in various cities, from London to Istanbul, Paris to Beirut, over 15 years. When the pair first met, they were students from very different backgrounds and when Oz moved back to Turkey the two drifted apart. But as Abbie muddles her way through her 20s and early 30s, she can’t shake the feeling that Oz might have been 'the one' until she finds love again. What Abbie doesn’t know is that fate has always had a plan for her and Oz and their love story isn’t over yet.
Rothwell said: "The moment I read the first page I knew It Must Be Love was a book that I had to publish. I found myself on a rollercoaster of emotions as I raced to finish it and I was instantly drawn to the locations Caroline had chosen for Abbie and Oz. I am so excited to welcome Caroline to Arrow, and can’t wait for readers to fall in love with Abbie and Oz, and their story."
Khoury said: "It is a dream come true that It Must Be Love has found a home at Arrow and I’m honoured to be working with Jennie and the team. I really loved writing this story and I can’t wait for people to read it."
German and Russian rights to It Must Be Love have already been sold.