Friday 12 March 2021

BLOG TOUR: Acts of Kindness - Heather Barnett

Dream Job. Fresh Start. Big Mistake.

When Bella Black arrives in a sleepy Wiltshire village, it seems like the perfect place for a new start: a lovely home, exciting job and an attractive colleague or two to take her mind off her recent divorce.

When people start disappearing, she realises she holds the key to a mystery bigger than she could have ever imagined.

Who is really pulling the strings at the secretive OAK Institute? 

Can anyone be trusted?

Will Bella make the right choices before its too late? 

What did I think?

This is a highly intriguing and mysterious book and the blurb is clearly purposefully brief so as not to give anything away, which makes this such a difficult book to review.  So I think less is more in this instance to avoid inadvertently releasing any spoilers in my review.

Bella is headhunted at just the right time in her life and she is given a job offer that is too good to refuse.  So she packs up her belongings, says goodbye to London and sets up home in a picturesque Wiltshire village.  Heather Barnett's amazing sense of humour comes through loud and clear when Bella is welcomed by an unfortunately named neighbour bearing an unusual welcome gift.  It never got old as I sniggered and guffawed every time this colourful character appeared.

The plot is excellent with multiple layers of mystery and intrigue over an underlying thought-provoking premise.  There is so much secrecy that my mind was whirring at full speed as I tried to work out what was going on but, at risk of going dizzy, I found it was better to just sit back and enjoy the show.

Incredibly thought-provoking and hugely entertaining, Acts of Kindness is a brilliant debut from Heather Barnett.  Whatever your preferred genre, it really does have something for everyone; it's mysterious, funny and feel-good.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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About the author:

Heather Barnett gained a degree in English and French from the University of Leeds and has written ever since: from copywriting to stand-up comedy and sketches. She is now focusing on writing novels. Heather's influences span Jane Austen and Douglas Adams at one end of the alphabet through to PG Wodehouse at the other. 

Heather's debut novel, Acts of Kindness, is an uplifting, light-hearted mystery. It was inspired by witnessing commuters helping a woman who'd fallen down the stairs at Paddington station; intermingled with wondering what was behind some grand stone gateposts that she used to drive past in Wiltshire. 

Her second novel, Lord Seeks Wife, is a romantic comedy and will be published summer 2021.

Aside from writing, Heather's interests are classic literature, cats and comedy. 

Heather is head of marketing at an agency near Oxford and lives by the river Kennet in Berkshire.

For more information on Heather and her books, please visit her website: or join the discussion on Twitter @WritesHeather.

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Serpentine Books:   Twitter: @SerpentineBooks

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