The Debt & the Doormat

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When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates and her life soon becomes chaos. Will she get her life back before her brother's wedding? And will she want to? More
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About Laura Barnard

My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.

In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio...oh and my husband of course! I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I'm a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!

I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

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Review by: IsabelK on Feb. 25, 2014 :
I was caught in the first few chapters!

Fun read, and looking forward to the sequel.
(review of free book)

Review by: Why Bother on Feb. 07, 2014 :
Enjoyed this one!
(review of free book)

Review by: Natasha Sandman on Jan. 09, 2014 :
I read LOTS of books and most are decent. Very few are amazing BUT this one is. Very entertaining and well written.
(review of free book)

Review by: Caroline Barker on Nov. 11, 2013 :
If you are looking for an amusing adult chick-lit with plenty of comedy, romance and a little drama then look no further than this incredible story by Laura Barnard, ‘The Debt and the Doormat’. This fun chick-lit has the British humour like that of Helen Fielding’s ‘Bridget Jones’ and Miranda Hart’s tv sitcom, self-titled ‘Miranda’. The comedy is silly, dry, sarcastic and some great slapstick clumsiness. The humour is strong throughout but brilliantly written around the main plot of a hopeful romance that brings its own drama to the fore. Tuck in girls – grab a glass of wine and/or a box of chocs for this delight of a story!

After living alone for a year after a break-up with her boyfriend life is about to change for Poppy. She discovers that her sociable, party-animal best friend, Jazz, is in debt and whilst having a few drinks together, they get absolutely sloshed, share a few antics and agree to swap lives for a while! Poppy is to move into Jazz’s house, shared with three roomates and live a party-style life, making friends and overcoming her life of possible reclusiveness since her relationship to Stuart ended. Meanwhile, Jazz is to remain at Poppy’s flat, keeping a low profile and saving some cash to pay off her debt!

This is a fantastic beginning for a story. The reader initially follows the main plot, is curious how the change in lifestyles will affect both women and is kept smiling from the sheer craziness of these two gals and their idea. There is something here for every woman as we connect to these characters, some of us are Poppy’s while others are more like Jazz. These two characters are so easy to relate to – we either know somebody like them or we are them!

Once Poppy settles in her new home the reader meets the housemates, Izzy, Ryan and Grace. Izzy doesn’t seem too different to Jazz. She is quite open, sociable and bubbly, if not a little too energetic and heavily into her exercise regime! Grace is the perfect model-type with great looks and a super body. However, Grace’s attitude lets her down as she can also be perceived as a super bitch (not a word I like to use, however the best word to describe Grace’s character)! And last but not least there is………

……… Ryan – oh yes, Ryan! Initially perceived as a slightly scruffy layabout he does have an air of gorgeousness about him and although he appears somewhat moody and grumpy he does go out of his way a fair bit to cover for Poppy’s awkwardness and mistakes. Poppy and Ryan appear to be the complete opposites to each other, with Ryan’s sophistication and coolness at times making Poppy feel like a fool. But, there are some slight sparks amid all the craziness and this gives the reader hope that these two will be together. One minute your heart is beating so fast with intensity as they grow a little closer and the next your heart hits the floor every time a new problem gets in the way! Laura Barnard doesn’t make this an easy straight forward read as there are many ups and downs that these two strong characters have, making it impossible for the reader to guess the outcome.

As well as the main plot there are other sub plots taking place with Poppy having troubles at work with the creepy bosses son, a colleague having trouble with her husband’s affair, her mother adding pressure to Poppy’s personal life and preparing for her brother’s wedding. Even more trouble comes Poppy’s way when her ex, Stuart, re-enters her life. There truly isn’t a quiet moment with The Debt and the Doormat and I loved every little bit of it. Every now and then throughout reading a book I like to check how far I have read and I was very pleased to see that I was only half way through the book as I didn’t want it to end.

The Debt and the Doormat is proper girly fun. Funnier than Bridget Jones, The Debt and the Doormat is possibly the funniest book I have ever read. It does have its more serious moments, especially in the latter half of the book when the characters Poppy and Ryan seem to be developing some feelings for each other, which really helps balance the story out. It is certainly well worth a read. I personally would love to read the story again and would like to hear more from Poppy and Ryan. We have been informed that a sequel is due in March/April 2014 which is brilliant news!

The Debt and the Doormat was received gratefully from Laura Barnard for the purpose of an honest and fair review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sabrina Nedelea on Aug. 17, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
First of all let me tell I am an addict for Chik-Lit novels. The Debt & the Doormat was a fantastic book! It had me laughing the entire time. I couldn't believe it how funny the entire story was. The characters are brilliant build and it makes you want friends like that.My favorite characters are Poppy and Ryan. Laura Barnard really did an extraordinary job developing them. I think this is truly my favorite book!
The story starts with Jasmine Green- Jazz who is an debt because of her shopping addiction. Poppy it’s trying to help her, but Jazz wont grow up and try thinking about the seriousness of this problem. To make things worst, the night Poppy did her bills to know how much Jazz have to pay, they got pretty drunk and did a lot of crazy things, even burned the letters outside in an container. They came with the craziest idea, to swap lives, and to live with the rules they establish. Practically, Jazz has to stay home and calm down, and Poppy has to get out more, get drunk and party, just live a little. Easy right? You will think so...
Poppy moved in Jazz’s house, and that means this time she has room mates: Izzy the adorable girl and the new best friend, Ryan the annoying hut gay, and last, Grace the most beautiful girl, scarier and mostly a bitch. She has a full plate with these new room mates.
First rule: go out and party with them, and she goes. Poppy has fun, until Ryan comes and push away the guy she was dancing with. She manages to get home, drunk and feeling really sick.
Second rule: ditch work. She convinces her colleague from work and friend Lilly to play hockey from work that day. But the good girl was rising and she wanted to get back, because she was scared about her boss Victor finding out she wasn't really sick. Lilly ties her up so she can’t run and lives her like that in her house. After a few hours, Ryan finds her and she gets really pissed with him about his jokes and attitude, but Ryan finds a way to calm her down by making her something to eat and some tea. Poppy doesn't understand what is it with this guy, and he manages to get on her temper really fast. He is kind of a man whore, at least this is what she sees in him.
After a couple of days, she manages to help Jazz with some troubles with pills, she gets to know better Izzy, but there is something happening to her. She still can’t talk or act normal around Ryan, they still fight over everything, and then she had the most strangest dream about him, and it was hot. Try acting normal now around him...
Ryan keeps showing her he can be her friend, he even helps her recover a letter when she gets a call from Jazz that they have to go to the police station, because they started that fire the night they switched places. That’s when Ryan comes to the rescue, because surprise surprise, he is a lawyer, and a good one too. Poppy finally sees Ryan more that a man-whore, she sees a great man, a gentleman who is stunning and smart. And, she is kind of falling for him, even if Jazz warned her no to. The night that made Poppy saw the real Ryan, was the night they went out to have dinner and they accidentally run into Spencer, her ex, with his new girlfriend. That was the night Ryan pretended to be her boyfriend just to make Spencer shut up and see what he really missed by leaving her. That, and the next night she got home drunk and he took care of her. The problem is, now Ryan is seeing someone new, Tatiana, and he wants this relationship to work, he didn't even bring her home because Ryan was calling him a man whore and he wanted to prove to her that he was more.
They are perfect for each other, but Poppy doesn't have the courage to admit it, and she tries to lie to herself that they are only friends.
These is just a glimpse of the book. It’s full of action that will make you to keep reading. The lies Poppy has to tell in order to feel normal around her family, the ugly truths she finds out about some members of her family, it’s full of emotions that will make you love this book. I have nothing bad to say about this book, because to me it was perfect! Can’t wait to read more. I highly recommend this book to anyone! It’s impossible not to love it and it will leave you with a big smile on you’re face!
(review of free book)

Review by: A Reader on Aug. 12, 2013 :
This book was a great read. It's funny and well written - like the other reviewers here I couldn't put it down. I look forward to the next one!
(review of free book)

Review by: Megan Breen on Aug. 06, 2013 :
This book is absolutely one of the best books I have read in a while! I couldn't put it down! The characters are so funny in each different way that you can relate to it! I can't wait for the next one.
(review of free book)

Review by: Claire Murphy on Aug. 03, 2013 :
A brilliant, funny and thoroughly addictive book - highly recommended!
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Review by: Katie Breen on Aug. 03, 2013 :
This book is great,kept me on the edge of my chair , i couldn't put it down, loved it! Cant wait for the next one!!
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Review by: Julie Wills on Aug. 03, 2013 :
AMAZING book! So funny, such a page turner I couldn't put it down!
Brilliant summer read!
(review of free book)

Review by: Avid Mohavehiker on Aug. 03, 2013 :
This book is so funny. I kept laughing out loud to the point that I was told to go into another room because I couldn't read quietly. The cliffhanger leads me to believe that a sequel is in the works. Can't wait.
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