Orion has acquired two novels by journalist and writer Fanny Blake.
Orion Fiction editorial director Kate Mills bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates for two novels, for a five-figure sum.
Orion will publish the first novel in the deal, The Secrets Women Keep, on 4th July as a £12.99 trade paperback and e-book.
Mills said: "I'm delighted that Fanny has joined the Orion list, bringing her warmth, wit and wonderful storytelling ability. The Secrets Women Keep is a bittersweet story about a newly-widowed woman coming to terms with a secret in her husband's past. It shows that women continue to have passionate, fulfilling lives beyond children and grandchildren. It's delightful."
Blake was previously published by HarperCollins.