Carol loved celebrating holidays, so when she had the opportunity she opened a bed-and-breakfast where each room focused on a different one. Her early guests included Willa Newman and her roommates who came to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Carol’s handyman, Owen Coburn, was instantly attracted to Willa, but soon found himself in the “friend zone”. Several years later, as Willa sees her friends find love, she makes a New Year’s resolution that next year she won’t be alone. Seeing his opportunity, Owen invents a friend for Willa to meet, hoping that eventually she would see that the friend was really him. Will his lie tear them apart or will Willa see past his disguise and recognize the man who loves her?
Courtney Lyman (1980-) was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa as Courtney Larsen. In 1989 her family moved to Tucson, Arizona which quickly became her home. While attending church, she met Joel Lyman and in 2000 they were married. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education, but soon afterward began a new journey as a stay-at-home mom to their three children. Courtney is the author of the KW Consulting series and the Holliday Hotel series.