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Public speaking is Lisa's passion. She has spoken to groups around the country on subjects like "Contentment in a Discontent World" and "We're All in the Same Boat, So Grab a Lifeline." Lisa believes laughter is a gift and LOVES to share with others her personal weaknesses, struggles, and the sheer JOY of daily living!
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I'm weird like that.
With that said, I'm glad I didn't know this was a faith based book in the beginning. I'm glad I bought and read "Doug and Carlie", even if it was a late night buy that kept me up until three in the morning. Maybe it's because the book is like a piece of home to me and that the faith references were nothing more than I hear in everyday conversations and it wasn't in your face all the time. I'm not exactly sure. What I am sure of is that I really liked Carlie and Doug. Although there were some melodramatic parts to this story, they were "people" I could relate to. Actually, most of the on page cast were (I'm a small town West Tn girl, too. And I've spent my share of time working at the Dollar General).
I liked how these two came together and I loved Carlie's humor. Doug was a little sweeter than my usual taste, but there was something about his blatant honesty that I loved.
If you will indulge me a moment longer, I also highly recommend her "Smartt View: Life, Love, and Cluttered Closets" and "Smartt View 2: Life in Progress." I read these while working on my doctorate, and they were the salvation of my sense of humor. Lisa Smartt's books make me laugh out loud, cry tears of sadness and joy, and sing praises for my southern way of life. She is deeply in touch with her southern roots and what matters in life. As for me, time spent reading a Smartt book is not only smart (couldn't resist the awkward pun), it is time well spent.
long I had to lay it aside to cry. I will read this one again and again. Amazon you've got a winner here. I would love to read another one of her books and have been trying to find one. What else is available by this author.
Note: I got this book for free as a Goodreads.com first reads book.
Rating: ★★★ 1/2
I've been debating on whether to give Doug & Carlie by Lisa Smartt, three or four stars. I'm very undecided so I'll just go with 3.5.
Carlie is 32 years old, single and working at the Dollar Store, life can't get any better, right? Wrong. It can get better but not for very long. She meets Doug who lives 8 hours away but immediately builds a connection with. After a few weeks of long distance dating, Carlie gets the opportunity of a life time and she needs to decide what to do.
I liked the book because Carlie spoke what was on her mind and didn't hold back. She was truthful, even if sometimes she was more honest then needing to be (IE. Her first email to Doug). I liked it. It's not everyday that you come across someone who just doesn't care and will tell it like it is. I also liked that Carlie made the choice for herself. When deciding to jump at the chance of an opportunity of a lifetime, she doesn't make it because her parents...she doesn't make the decision before of Doug...she makes the decision because its something she wants. She put herself first.
The reasons why I didn't like it and had a hard time deciding on the rating is because with Carlie being the strong independent no nonsense woman, she sure did cry a lot. Everyone cried a lot. Yes there were times that granted the crying (Grieving at a funeral...or two) but it felt like almost every other page someone was crying. For petty little reasons. I may not be as emotional or something but it irritated me. I wanted to yell out, "GROW A PAIR AND STOP CRYING!! GOSH!" Yes, this bothered me enough to mark it down a full star.
Overall, it was a cute story and there was character development.
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This book is amazing! I expected no less than emotional, hilarious, and relatable from Mrs. Lisa! The characters are so easy to 'get to know' and it is great to read about familiar... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. McKinney
This was such a fun book! I loved how REAL it was. The characters had real problems like we all do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donna C.
This was a very engaging love story. I had trouble putting it down! Loved it! I am now reading book 2 thank you Lisa Smartt!Published 9 months ago by vicki flaherty
This was a wonderful read. It was wholesome but real life. I liked the writing style, in that it was first person, but from both of the main characters at different points. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Whitney C
Loved it . Easy reading, could relate to the town close to where I live. Have already bought the next book. And by the way Thanks for the free 1 st book.Published 9 months ago by Beverly Donoho
When I saw the title I thought, "This I need to see, who writes about couples for more than one book, except Lucy Maud Montgomery? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Louise Keith