Exciting news – Sphere have just acquired two new Isla Gordon books from Hannah Ferguson here at Hardman & Swainson. The deal includes A NEW YORK WINTER and a second untitled novel which I’m sure we are all looking forward to hearing more about. 

A NEW YORK WINTER, acquired by Rebecca Roy and to be edited by Ruth Jones, is set to be published in November 2023. 

Ruth is ‘thrilled to be working with Isla’, and Isla is ‘excited to be publishing a fifth novel with Sphere’, and especially a novel set in one of her favourite winter destinations. She adds ‘there’s something about the Big Apple at that time of year which seems full of magic and possibilities—just what my leading lady is in need of.’ 

Ready to hear more about A NEW YORK WINTER? 

When she was nineteen, on a magical long weekend in New York City, Ashling created a list of her five life goals. There, she’d felt inspired to dream big, but now, ten years later, with four out of five goals having crumbled before her, she realises she has only one option left to live the life she’s always dreamed of: move to New York City, before it’s too late.

Armed with a 90-day tourist visa, she’s sure that a winter in the city that never sleeps will help her realise new dreams and finally get her life on track – after all, it’s done it once before. However, after arriving in the Big Apple with nowhere to live, Ashling realises that she may be in over her head, until River arrives in her life . . .

River is miserable – he’s newly single, unemployed and feeling entirely lost – but sensing Ashling could do with the help, he offers her a room in his flatshare. Despite their clashing personalities, over the course of the winter, outgoing Ashling finds herself growing closer to quiet, geeky River – but is he just shy or is there another reason he’s holding back?

Nevertheless, with his help and the magical winter in New York City, Ashling begins to realise that dreams can evolve, and new paths can be found in the most unlikely of places. But can she help River realise that too before her 90 days run out?