Headline has acquired an “utterly captivating debut novel” by an “exciting new talent” who works at Waterstones.
Commissioning editor Emily Griffin bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson.
The Second Love of my Life tells the story of Rose – a young artist living in the small Cornish village of Talting – whose childhood sweetheart and husband is killed in a road accident, leaving her widowed at the age of 25.
Two years on, as Rose starts putting her life back together piece by piece, and her “challenging journey towards love and happiness is a heart-rending and ultimately life-affirming tale of survival”.
Griffin said: “What makes this novel special is the way that Victoria utterly immerses the reader in its world, portraying Rose’s story with insight, sensitivity and a seemingly effortless balance between light and shade. It moves me to tears every time and I can’t wait to put our publishing plans into action and introduce countless readers to this enthralling novel.”
Walters is a bookseller at Waterstones, and last year won Simon & Schuster’s New Adult short story competition. Her winning story, Dancing in the Fire, was released as an e-book in February.
Headline will publish The Second Love of my Life in e-book and paperback in April 2016, and will give a “tantalising taste of the world of the novel” in a digital short story to be published two months before.