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Doug and Carlie (Doug & Carlie Series Book 1) by [Smartt, Lisa]
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Carlie Ann Davidson only has $167.29 in the bank. She's 10 years late on college and 37 lbs. over the ideal weight chart. When she's not in her college classes, she's stocking shelves at the Dollar General Store in Commerce, Georgia, and wondering why SO many people eat pork n beans. But Carlie has dreams, dreams of love and literary success. With the humorous and engaging backdrop of small town characters and culture, Carlie realizes she's not a loser at all. Just a late bloomer. The good news? Sometimes there are rewards for late bloomers.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 289 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CBR00G
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By Jo-Anne B. TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2014
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Doug and Carlie meet in an unusual way. Carlie works in the Dollar General store in Georgia and one of her regular customers gives her Doug's card (he is a relative of Doug's) and says she will like him and should contact him. So she emails Doug and they correspond then decide to meet in a town half way between where they each live. They see each other for a while and life is not easy for either of them but they are always there for each other. Carlie has written a book which gets published and she moves to New York City to start on a new career. Doug doesn't want to move so they drift apart but think about each other often.

Carlie is a likable character. She is funny and accepting of her flaws like that she is very tall for a woman and 37 pounds over the ideal weight for her height. She is old to be single at 32 and has worked at the Dollar General for ten years just finishing her degree now. Doug is a good match for her because he hasn't dated much either. At 28 that is unusual but he sure isn't your usual 28 year old male. Relatives are always trying to set him up on dates and he politely goes on them but hasn't found anyone worth seeing more than once until Carlie. I really liked that the characters weren't perfect.

I liked the writing style in Doug and Carlie. It flowed well and was interesting to get both Doug and Carlie's POV. It was romantic but funny and sometimes sad. Loved it. I thought it was a bit far fetched that they were both virgins though. That stuck out as being really odd. Especially for Doug waiting for ‘the one’.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e6fdb1c) out of 5 stars 287 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8a82d0) out of 5 stars A little piece of home Sept. 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.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e70d708) out of 5 stars Funny bone and heart Sept. 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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e70d6d8) out of 5 stars satisfing as sweet tea Sept. 23 2012
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6f75d0) out of 5 stars Well Done Sept. 24 2012
By Barb P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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 .