Harlequin UK's Mills & Boon imprint has signed two novels by debut author Eva Woods.
Commissioning editor Anna Baggaley signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Diana Beaumont at Rupert Heath Literary Agency.
The first book in the deal, The Thirty List, follows a newly-divorced woman setting out to redefine her life. It will be published as a paperback original in 2015, with a second novel following in 2016.
Baggaley said: "The whole acquisition team were blown away by this book. Eva’s incredible author voice and relatable characters make The Thirty List truly captivating from the very first page and it stands out as one of the most powerful, charming novels I’ve read in several years."
Woods grew up in Ireland and lives in London, where she teaches creative writing.