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The Baby and the Bride

(The Debt & The Doormat #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  594 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial d
Published (first published February 20th 2014)
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Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my typical style I’ve read these out of order. Each story can be read as a standalone but it’s centred around two girls Jazz and Poppy. I would recommend you read these in order as this is a series is great. (My order was 3, 1, 2).

After book one Poppy has a new boyfriend Ryan. He’s perfect for her but is she perfect for him? It’s time to put the crazy antics to bed and grow-up. JOKE! Poppy is still a Bridget and things are going to spiral.

Jazz has a baby, now it’s time to find her dream man.
The Baby & the Bride is the second of Laura Barnard’s series following Poppy and Jazz, and it’s a story with plenty packed into it. Although I enjoyed this more than the first book, I would not label this a favourite from the author.

If you’ve read The Debt & the Doormat, you’ll be eager to see what happens next for the characters. With this one, a lot happens, pulling us deeper into the story. There was more laughter in this one, plenty of elements that ensure you’re happy to power through the p
Sandra  Valente
I must mention first that I had no clue this was the second book. However, I'll say that not once did I feel like I’d missed out on the backstory for not having read the first one, as it's easily read as a standalone. So, that has to say something about how it's set out, which is everything good in my book.

The Baby and The Bride revolves around not only Poppy―the main character―but also her best friend, Jazz; her fiancé, Ryan; as well as her mother, aunt, brother and a whole other set of friend
Kaprii two ordinary girls and their books
The baby and the bride
Laugh out loud funny!!!!
This book had us wetting ourselves... The funniest book we've read this year.
Poppy is us, an ordinary everyday girl getting married to her gorgeous "well fit" fiance Ryan. But nothing is ever that simple! Can she walk down the aisle?

Jazz is the loud mouth over the top adventurous new mum. She didn't wanna get pregnant but well shit happens. Can she work through being a new mum?

We have never laughed so much as we did reading this novel,
Laura yo
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was a little disappointed by this second book while I really liked the first one.

I enjoyed that we had Jazz's POV in addition to Poppy's POV that we only had in the first book but I was often lost between both when I listened to the audiobook though. I was a ibt sad that the narrator of the first book didn't come back because I really really enjoyed her tone but the second narrator, Rachel Witby, did a good job with the story telling.

I gave only 3/5 stars because I found Poppy quite boring co
Kathryn Manzella
The Baby & the Bride is the second book 8n The Debt & the Doormat series by Laura Barnard.  Jazz and Poppy are back and are navigating new worlds and still making hilarious mistakes and learning about themselves and life.  Planning weddings, dealing with jealous exes, tolerating overbearing family, and figuring out the crazy world of parenthood... these two deliver a fun and hilarious time!.   Rachel Whitby is a good Narrator who delivered an entertaining performance.  
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy & Jazz aren't done with their wild ride!

Let's see.
1.) Adorable baby, but majorly frazzled and stressed mama.
2.) Great job dealing with the reality of post partum.
3.) Poppy's Mom is much more likeable in this one.
4.) Lily, OMG, she is so annoying.
5.) Poppy needs to work on her spine a bit more but she was much better in this one.
6.) This narrator is awful at male voices. And accents.
7.) Poppy thinks she stumbles upon a shocking secret of her mother's which eventually culminates in her stick
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
The Baby and The Bride is a really funny and sweet story. It is definitely a laugh out loud story. More ‘Com’ than Rom. It is told by both Poppy and Jazz almost like getting two consecutive stories in one.

“I’ll never be the same again. I was right. I’ve been left with a wizard sleeve vagina. If anyone gets close to having sex with me it will be just like throwing a hotdog down a hallway.”

I listened to this on audiobook. I enjoyed the narrator voice but felt like I was constantly getting confuse
Caroline Barker
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She’s done it again! Another fantastic masterpiece in chick-lit/rom-com from Laura Barnard! Reading The Baby & the Bride is like meeting up with an old, close friend. Within seconds you become familiar with the characters you know and loved from Book 1, The Debt & the Doormat, and can easily relate to them, experiencing their roller-coaster of emotions. To read this book, you will need more wine, more choccies and be prepared for giggles throughout as Poppy and Jazz’s lives are turned upside dow ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Poppy and Jazz have been best friends for a long time and they are both facing important new stages in their lives. Jazz has just given birth to her first child and she is trying to deal with life as a single mum, but she is having some trouble figuring out how to take care of a baby on her own. Poppy is getting married to her boyfriend Ryan, but she had no idea planning a wedding would be this hectic, especially when her mo
My Secret Book Spot
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Baby and the Bride by Laura Barnard
5 out of 5 Stars!!!!

I am more than pleased with the sequel to The Debt and the Doormat!! My husband finally stopped asking why I was laughing after several episodes of uncontrolled laughter and resorted to shaking his head at me.

Jazz is now a Mummy and Ryan proposed to Poppy shortly after the birth of her baby. Poppy's mother Meryl insists on bringing out The Book, a lengthy compilation of wedding plans that have come together over the years since Poppy wa
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review. *
I just recently found author Laura Bernard and she is fantastic! I love her chick-lit/rom-com/romance writing, her humor and the way that you can just zip right through her books! The carefree style of Laura Barnard’s writing makes for a quick, fun read that leaves you feeling happy, free and excited. This is the second book in the series and it was just as amazing. I would first recommend that you read Book #1, The Debt & the D
April Wood
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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One of the FUNNIEST books I have read in a long time, The Baby and The Bride is a book guaranteed to make anyone with a PULSE laugh. Jazz and Poppy are a hilarious duo, and their antics make this book a PAGE TURNER!

I knew I was going to like this book when Poppy burst into her best-friend’s hospital birthing room, as she was CROWING, and pushed the baby daddy out of the way. From there it just got better and better. When I
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best friends Poppy and Jazz seem to have it all down pat. Jazz has just had a beautiful baby girl, Jemima, and Poppy’s newly engaged. Yet everything is not so simple or happy. Jazz’s baby-daddy is a jerk and Poppy’s new job is a hassle. In addition, Jazz is going through post-partum depression and Poppy’s lost control over her wedding to her mother and aunt. Will Jazz and Poppy be able to get everything under control before it explodes??

I absolutely loved THE BABY & THE BRIDE! There is just some
Yessi Smith
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to describe how much I loved The Baby & the Bride! I laughed until I cried, and then I laughed some more. And it wasn’t even a pretty lady-like laugh, but a full on snort with tears coming out of my eyes.

Laura Barnard nailed it when she wrote about the torment – yes, I said torment – that comes with being a mom. I sincerely felt for Jazz and her complete bewilderment that came with being a non-breast feeding mum (I know, the horror!). I wanted to backhand the holier than thou
Marie Vasquez
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Baby & the Bride picks up a few months after The Debt & the Doormat left off and immediately pulls you in with laughter. We continue to follow Poppy and her life of people pleasing but are also given the POV of her best friend Jazz as she adjusts to being a new mother. In this story we get to experience their ups and downs as they continue to discover their road to being official grown-ups no matter how much they try to hold on to the good ol' days of their youth.

I enjoyed the comical situat
Natalie Townson
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god what a fantastic book, from the very first page I was in stitches I couldn't stop laughing, I love this book

As we remember from the first book Jazz is pregnant and Poppy is madly In love with Ryan, from the very first chapter when Jazz goes into labor I was laughing so much, with some hilarious scenes that made me nearly pee myself.

The book is just as romantic, just as funny, just as hot as the first book. I know I'm meant to be team Ryan but actually I'm team Ollie all the way that m
Linda Field
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Baby & The Bride by Laura Barnard

If you have read The Debt & The Doormat, then you will want to read this one, it carries on the lives of Poppy, Ryan, Jazz, Grace & Izzy. But we hear more of Ollie and poppy’s parents.

I haven’t laughed so much since I read Diary of a Dieter and Wallbanger. As soon I got into the first chapter I was giggling and that giggling just never stop it actually had me wetting myself with laughter and crying with Laughter. It is absolutely hilarious some of the scenes
Lynsey Sabin
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A gifted copy was provided by the author / publisher for an honest review.

Another fantastic read by this author. It starts straight off from where the debt and the doormat finishes so if you are like me, you can pick it up straight away and just continue reading. This time it was a little different as the author has added Jazz's POV which I thought was a great way to mix it up a bit. You gotta love Jazz as she is still as blunt as ever, telling people exactly what she thinks of them. I guess I
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-beta-reads
I had the fabulous honor of beta reading and proofreading The Baby and The Bride and let me tell you, if you thought The Debt and The Doormat was funny, you ain't seen nothin' yet!!

From the first page to the last, I was in constant fits of very unlady-like laughter!

Yet again, Laura absolutely pulled me into the craziness that is the lives of Poppy, Jazz, and their friends and loved ones!

I adored every word on every page! Pick up a copy as soon as you can, I promise you'll LOVE it!!!
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Laura Barnard's "The Debt & the Doormat". I loved the first book, and this book lives up to my expectations :)
As the synopsis informs you, Jazz is having a baby, and Poppy is getting married.
You'll follow them through the ups and downs; the funny moments and the aggravating moments (which are still amusing to the reader sometimes) ;)
I highly recommend this book (read "The Debt & the Doormat" first)!
Pauline Norris
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVED the follow up book. It wasn't as belly laughing funny as book 1 but it was still brilliant. Loved the characters, style of writing and the story - a great book. Will defo read more from this author ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Story! Great Humor & Narration🎧

The Baby & the Bride
The Debt & the Doormat, Book 2
By: Laura Barnard
Narrated by: Rachael Whitby

This book was a delight to read and listen to, it is my first book written by Laura Barnard and it will not be my last. He is a gifted author, I enjoyed her writing style and the story and characters she created, as well as the witty dialogue. The characters are likable and easy to relate to, while this is the second book of the series I was still able to enjo
Claire Thake
I really cannot get enough of Laura's books! Whenever I am in a book slump, they always pull me out of it!

I loved The Debt and the Doormat and loved jumping back into the world of Poppy and Jazz! Just like putting on an old pair of warm fuzzy socks, it feels like home and these characters feel as if they are real friends.

This instalment sees the run up to Poppy and Ryan's wedding and Jazz becoming a single mummy to Jemima; as usual in the world of Poppy and Jazz things never go to plan, with hil
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Baby & The Bride by Laura Barnard is a romantic comedy that I listened to on audio narrated by Rachael Whitby. This is the second book in The Debt & The Doormat Series.

I absolutely love Laura’s books! They always leave me with a smile on my face. I absolutely love all the quirky characters in this series. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series Porn Money & Wannabe Mummy so I can get more of Poppy and Jazz’s crazy adventurous.

Rachael did a good job on the narration. I really
Ann (Literary Lust)
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series and it is just as fabulous as the first! I absolutely love all the characters in the books but I do have a soft spot for Poppy who just makes me laugh. The humour in this book is brilliant and I love that there is twists and surprises in the story... well you never know what is going to happen next with these ladies! A fantastic read that I really do recommend.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After devouring book one, I nosedived straight into this book and have to say I loved it too although it became a little samey and predictable but fun reading none the less and I’m glad I read it. The characterisations are great and I love the friendships within this book. My only real criticism though is that there were quite a few mistakes in here that were missed. It didn’t spoil it for me but did bring me out of the story a few times more than I’d have liked.
Mandy Sawyer
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a mix between Bridget Jones‘s diary and Love actually. The humour written into it is outstanding. I can safely say I have never laughed so much either reading or listening to a book before in my life. Rachel gives a great performance, she has totally captured the personalities of the characters. Highly recommend.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great to hear more of the adventures of Poppy and Jazz. At times it seemed like several of the characters weren't learning from their mistakes, but it does have a happy ending, and the third book in the series is even better.

I listened to the Audible version. Rachael Whitby did well with the narration.
A Book Lovers Diary
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh and cry! Happy crying! I really enjoyed reading the Debt and the Doormat and this did not disappoint! Laura Barnard did so well with this!! Sometimes the second book in a series can be disappointing, but I loved this!
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Amazon Bestselling Author Laura Barnard writes British quirky laugh out loud romantic comedy.

She lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and daughter.

In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, cuddling dogs, matchmaking her friends (very successfully), binging True Crime, indulging in the power nap and reading past her bedtime.

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