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Doug and Carlie (Doug & Carlie Series #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  425 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Carlie once ate a whole lemon meringue pie. But she regrets it. She regrets it the way a drunk regrets downing a bottle of Jack Daniels. It was soothing and horribly depressing all at the same time. Carlie, a 32-year-old employee at the Dollar General Store in Commerce, Georgia, dreams of love and literary success, in that order. But love and literary success don’t always ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 16th 2012 by Smartt Speaking
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5 Homespun Fun Stars!! What a refreshing, feel good read. Made my heart go pitter-patter.

I have so much to say, I don’t even know where to begin. I felt this read right down to my soul. This is an inspirational book with slight religious element, but it is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read and also one of the sweetest. It’s told from Doug and Carlie’s point of view, and that made it so much more powerful, especially where Doug was concerned, I loved reading his thoughts. He’s not a superh
Melody Cox
Jun 09, 2013 Melody Cox rated it it was amazing
UPDATE 04/19/2014 Second Review

Yesterday I purchased the third book in the Carlie and Doug series. Since it has been almost a year since I read books one and two I felt the need to reread them both before I started on book three. The enormity of this authors talent slapped me in the face full force. Lisa Smartt is an amazing author who weaves a tale like no other. Her humor is incomparable as I laughed out-loud throughout the whole book. Even in emotionally challenging situations she manages to
Jun 10, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
An almost four. Nice story about two likable characters. Doug and Carlie take turns narrating the story. Carlie is 32 just went back to college works at the Dollar general store in Georgia. Doug is 28 works at a loan company in Tennessee both nice people unlucky in love. Until they get to meet each other. at first through emails { a relative of Doug's gives Carlie the email.. We see the emails they write to each other and eventually agree to meet in a town in between their homes.{ they live eigh ...more
Irene Martinez Ramirez
Jun 13, 2013 Irene Martinez Ramirez rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this book. It was written in a another different style that I had never read before.
Doug & Carlie it's a very nice comedy/romantic book. It's the kind of love that you see in the movies and you kind of want. I think the way it was written it was more like a diary. I don't know many things about Southern style of living, but I never imagine it like that :)
It's a really good book. It keep me wondering what would happen, this book it's definitely a sympathetic and romantic (not
Njenva Heimi
Jan 02, 2013 Njenva Heimi rated it it was amazing
One of the best Christian romance stories I have had the pleasure to read. It is a hilarious tale that is very realistic. I enjoyed reading the book very much and read it about thrice again soon after.
Feb 09, 2013 Shara rated it liked it
You can also read my review here:

Note: I got this book for free as a 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
Aug 01, 2013 Kai rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: humerous romance readers
Recommended to Kai by: Lisa Smartt
Shelves: romance, first-reads
"I ate a whole lemon meringue pie on May 12 of this year. I walked out of the Kroger in Athens, Georgia, sat in my '99 silver Camry, pulled a plastic spoon from my purse, and started in the middle and worked my way to the outside crust. It was good too. Well, good and terrible at the same time. The way a drunk feels after slugging back a half bottle of Jack Daniels. He doesn't know whether he's happy or sad. He's too intoxicated. I was sugar intoxicated the day I ate the whole lemon meringue pie ...more
May 03, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, first-reads, 4-stars
I got this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

It was the first giveaway I've won and I'm so glad.

Doug & Carlie is a cute little romance novel. It was funny (Carlie had some legitimately laugh-out-loud one liners) and charming all at once. Lisa captured small town Southern living perfectly. I felt like I could run into these characters in my own small Southern town. It was an easy read and very enjoyable. And yes, though this is considered a Christian novel, it is done in a nice way. Religion i
May 01, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing
This book is laugh out loud funny. Wow there are quite a few funny one liners. Wanna know what they are – read the book!! Doug and Carlie are from 2 different towns, separated by a 7 hour drive. They “meet” through an email and it’s all downhill (or uphill depends on how you look at it) from there! This is such a great story on family, meeting someone and finding yourself and your love along the way. I LOVED Doug’s family; they are so beyond eccentric it’s crazy! Carlie doesn’t have a filter on ...more
I waited quite a while before reading this book but now I'm glad I did. It's a love story but much more. It's about real people with real feelings. The author brings out the best of us. True feelings from the heart and soul of both Doug and Carlie are explored and left to us to feel and appreciate.

If you are a single 30 something woman working at a "simple job" and living a simple and honest life this is a must read. If you are an "ordinary" guy with values the world no longer appreciates, this
Dec 30, 2013 Icelanderr rated it it was amazing
If you are thinking of whether or not to read this one, READ IT!! The book is simple and beautiful. You will not regret reading the book. I am going to recommend this book to all my friends.

I made a promise to myself that from Jan, I should read one book a month, and I started New Year with 'Doug and Carlie', and I finished the book in one day!! I just couldn't stop reading.

There is some magic in the book, it touches your heart. People are 'real', I just fell in love with Carlie... and Doug too.
Oct 08, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway and was really looking forward to reading it, when I was able to sit and read both this book and the second in the series in one day (home sick) I was so happy to have stumbled upon a book, a series that is funny, truthful and simple, easy. These are clearly from the heart books meant to make you laugh, maybe cry but to come away with a warm heart, a full heart. These are books I could read again and again and always find something new and something different. Doug ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Madonna rated it it was amazing
I requested "Doug & Carlie" on Goodreads after reading the description and received it from the author, Lisa Smartt, as a special Kindle edition. I do not have a kindle, so read it on my desktop computer.

I have found a great new author to read and a wonderful, inspirational story that almost anyone will enjoy reading. I always wonder where a person learns to write like this. It is a God given talent and should really be appreciated. I really loved this book and hope to read more by Lisa. If
I absolutely love books that are chock full of snappy dialog, "downhome" wisdom, and memorable characters. Although it started out a little slow, I discovered that the author was merely laying a foundation for a relationship between the main characters.

If you're turned off by the cover, don't be. "Doug and Carlie" is a wonderful gem that is captivating and heart-warming. In my opinion, it felt real, and it left me feeling hopeful and optimistic about the interesting way that God can lead us to
Jun 16, 2013 {shannon} rated it it was amazing
I downloaded Doug & Carlie to my Kindle as part of my summer reading list. I finally had a chance to read this weekend and I devoured it AND book #2 over the weekend. The characters were funny and real - in fact I felt like they were people I know in real life! There was something comfortable about getting to know the characters of Sharon along with Carlie and by the end of book #2 they felt like old friends. I laughed, I cried, and I might have even cheered a little. Lisa Smartt's wit, wisd ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
I won this book on Good Reads and I'm so glad I did! It's such a charming story with some sass thrown in. I loved both the characters. I could relate with Carlie and I loved how everything was happening so fast with how her book was picked up by publishers. Sometimes we think or want life to follow a nice little plan and it usually doesn't happen that way, so I liked the realistic nature of everything happening and once and both Doug and Carlie having to work through it. I look forward to the ne ...more
Terri Graham
Mar 28, 2013 Terri Graham rated it it was amazing
I can not say enough how much I loved this book. The author is brilliant. The story is not some fairy tale romance that never happens in reality. This was a great down to earth " could be real" feel good story! I found myself full of emotions, smiling to myself, and that's why I say the author is brilliant. I highly recommend this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Can't wait to get the next book and start reading. Lisa Smartt
Lani Young
Apr 17, 2013 Lani Young rated it it was amazing
Love love loved it. In a bookworld glutted with sex-laden stories and angst-filled NA couples - it was so refreshing to find this book. The author has an enviable gift for writing dialogue and the characterization is second to none. Doug and Carlie are very real and very believable. Their romance is sweet and a breath of fresh air. A beautiful book. Cant wait to read more from this author.
Jun 07, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful light hearted Christian themed romance. I found the author to be funny & could easily relate to storylines. Southern Themed contemporary romance for anyone that likes lighthearted relationships...Couldn't hardly put it down. It's not a re-read for me...but it is one worth reading at least once. Highly recommended to fans of Contemporary Christian Romance.
Kate Swartz
Jul 25, 2013 Kate Swartz rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the simplistic, innocent romance this book had to offer. It's got a bit of a religious over tone in it, but I can put that aside for the most part, but what I couldn't get past was that the simplistic, innocent romance was ALL there was. Literally no meat in this book whatsoever. I'm glad it was free from Amazon.
Jun 04, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
GREAT love story. With all the smut out there this book was super refreshing. There was love loss and God all though out this book. In my opinion this book even touched on the aspect of self acceptance. Very good book I will recommend it to my friends.
April Omalza
Mar 18, 2013 April Omalza rated it it was ok
This was free book on amazon prime. I felt like the writing was very amateur and the story was just mediocre. Sometimes the writing was actually annoying and I think the southern talking was little over kill.
Jun 08, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
What a REALLY nice book! Not earth shattering or exciting, but genuinely a nice couple in a nice relationship(and refreshing I might add). I'm truly looking forward to reading the next Doug & Carlie book.
A lovely small town Christian romance.

I enjoyed the witty banter between Doug and Carlie as they were getting to know one another and all the crazy, and loving family and friends that supported them.
Aug 28, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This was a gorgeous Christian love story. Doug and Carlie are my new favorite to-be-like couple! I loved Smartts style and will be following up on their future endeavors.
Sep 22, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Cute. Very cute! Very funny too. If you're looking for a light but witty, romantic read, I definitely recommend this book. It's laughable and unthinkable and overall it's enjoyable.
Stephanie Anderson
Mar 10, 2013 Stephanie Anderson rated it really liked it
What a sweet book about good Christian Southern folk and how they deal with love, relationships, and life! Quick, fun read!
Tammy Dowell
May 04, 2013 Tammy Dowell rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I laughed. I cried. Great story that many can relate to. You won't be disappointed!
Nov 23, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Fun yet serious, exciting yet down home, about discovering your self yet giving yourself. I laughed and cried!
May 13, 2013 Aurora rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-g-series
Name of Book: Doug and Carlie

Author: Lisa Smartt

ISBN: 9780615703589

Publisher: Smartt Speaking

Part of a Series: Doug and Carlie

Type of book: christianity, faith, finding soul-mate, south, author, big city vs small town, community, death, renewal, romance, clean

Year it was published: 2012


Carlie once ate a whole lemon meringue pie. But she regrets it. She regrets it the way a drunk regrets downing a bottle of Jack Daniels. It was soothing and horribly depressing all at the same time. Carli
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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."

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