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Doug and Carlie (Doug & Carlie Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 289 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Lisa Smartt is a woman who loves to laugh! Born in a small town in West Kentucky, she now writes a weekly humor column from her home outside Dresden, Tennessee. She lives on 16 wooded acres with her husband, two sons (who sometimes fight), and three male cats who desperately need Prozac. Her first book was released in 2007 entitled, "The Smartt View: Life, Love, and Cluttered Closets." 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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  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CBR00G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Smartt is a woman who loves to laugh! Born in a small town in West Kentucky, she now writes a weekly humor column from her home outside Dresden, Tennessee. She lives on 16 wooded acres with her husband, two sons (who sometimes fight), and three male cats who desperately need Prozac. Her first book was released in 2007 entitled, "The Smartt View: Life, Love, and Cluttered Closets."

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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2012
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While browsing "Southern Romance" titles, I came across this book, read the preview, and decided I had to have it without looking at much else. Which, is probably how I missed that this is a faith based romance. I don't normally read Christian romance. Not because it goes against my ideas, but I just have a thing against mixing the two.

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.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 23, 2012
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Southern writer, Lisa Smartt, has written a sweet, smart, sometimes sassy, always delightful book about finding love when and where you least expect it. Not only is "Doug and Carlie" a bargain in these rough economic times, it is a delightful way to lose yourself in a delicious southern story that is the perfect mixture of funny bone and heart. Do something kind today, gift yourself with this marvelous book.

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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on September 23, 2012
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The best $5.00 I've spent in a long time. Totally engrossed after the first paragraph. I had to lay it aside to laugh and then before
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barb P. on September 24, 2012
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As I have read the other reviews I was reminded that this book was about being southern. I'm not a southerner, but I still identified strongly with both the main characters. There were well drawn. Their struggles with self-image, confidence, and guilt spoke to my own struggles and I enjoyed their maturing and insights they gained. One of the best things about the book was the plot was so twisty. Lisa Smartt did a good job of keeping me guessing. I really liked the practical Christianity of Doug and Carlie. It wasn't preachy; it was real. A good read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christine on October 1, 2012
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finally a love story I can share with my teenage daughter. A funny and heartfelt small town southern story with characters you can relate to. Lisa Smartt does a good job telling the story and keeping the pages turning .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2012
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Lisa Smartt has captured perfectly small town Southern life and raised it to the living art form that it is. Doug is most Southern girls' dream. In Carlie, she captures the internal struggles faced by most real women with honesty and hilarious humor. If you've ever felt out of step with your family and friends, not to mention your body, this is a must read! Best $4.99 I've spent, lately.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherry B on October 22, 2012
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I absolutely loved this book! If you are looking for a heartwarming story without the trashy novel feel, this book is for you! I highly recommend it.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By smartford on March 11, 2013
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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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