Simon & Schuster is to publish two novels by Milly Johnson, as the author renews ties with her long-term publisher.
The deal was brokered by Lizzy Kremer of David Higham Associates with Clare Hey, publishing director at S&S.
Hey said: "I am so delighted that S&S is continuing our relationship with Milly. She writes with emotional depth and integrity and speaks right to what is important in life. We’re excited to take her career to ever higher levels with these two new novels."
The two as-yet-untitled books will be Johnson's 19th and 20th novels, with all her backlist also published at S&S. Independently of the deal, her novel I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day will be released this December, with the two new books following in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Johnson has sold just over 1.1 million copies for £5m through Nielsen BookScan's TCM, with The Teashop on the Corner and Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe her top sellers, selling just under 100,000 copies for £415,000.
She said: "I am overjoyed to be staying in the S&S stable, where I have been from the beginning. I have a remarkable team behind me that has gone far beyond the constraints of duty to grow my career, and keep it growing. They have given me not only all the benefits of their expertise and guidance, but made me feel truly part of their publishing family and I am beyond excited to see what the future holds with them."