Penguin Michael Joseph has acquired two more novels from Rachel Marks, inluding the "heartfelt, romantic and oh-so-relatable" Hello, Stranger.
The synopsis reads: "Hello, Stranger follows Jamie and Lucy—who, from their very first date, know they’ve met 'The One'. They couldn’t be more different: Jamie’s a home bird, while Lucy’s happiest on holiday. He has a place for everything—she can never find her keys. But they make each other happier than they ever thought possible. So why does their love story start with them saying ‘goodbye’? And does this really have to be the end?"
Editorial director Clio Cornish acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown. Hello, Stranger will be published in summer 2022 and sees Marks published in hardback for the first time, alongside an e-book and audio edition. A paperback will follow in 2023.
Cornish said: "The incredible reviews for Rachel’s first two books are a testament to what a talented writer she is. And Hello, Stranger is her best yet. It’s heartfelt, romantic and oh-so-relatable—an example of how the best love stories often have the most unexpected endings. I’m so excited about this next step for Rachel, and I’m delighted to be able to share the news with readers that we have more books on the way."
Marks said: "It's been a dream come true to work with Clio and everyone at Michael Joseph so to have another two books coming out with them is amazing. I can't wait for the world to meet Lucy and Jamie!"
The imprint previously published Marks' debut Saturdays at Noon (2020) and Until Next Weekend (2021).