Carly Barnett’s lifelong dream was to be a journalist — tracking down leads, interviewing important people, making a difference. A job offer at Portland’s Oregonian Times seemed like an ideal place to start, until she learned exactly what she’d be doing. Writing an advice column for lonely hearts wasn’t quite what she’d envisioned, but it was a beginning.
Mark Holbrook did nothing to disguise his disdain for the new staff reporter — if you could call Carly’s column “reporting.” Still, he couldn’t deny his attraction to her. But that didn’t mean he’d take her advice — not even if she held the key to his own lonely heart.