Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett #BookReview #BlogTour #SerpentineBooks #RachelsRandomResources #4*

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 it’s too late?

‘The inspiration for the book came from 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 I used to drive past in Wiltshire. Those disparate things swirled around in the back of my mind and came out as the secret OAK Institute which is at the core of the book.’ —Heather Barnett

A Pleasant, Well-Written Story!

A light-hearted read – that bit different!

Bella Black, newly divorced, is headhunted for a new job; much to the amazement of her friends, she uproots herself from the city and moves to the countryside. With a lovely new home and a short commute to work, she soon settles in – and the good-looking men don’t hurt either. But there’s a bit of secrecy at her new place of employment and when people begin to go missing, Bella commits to getting to the bottom of things. What’s really going on?

I’m not quite sure what I expected from this one; I don’t think the blurb really prepared me. However, as long as you can suspend belief and not expect too serious a read, this is a fun story. Bella is a very likeable character but I was never quite sure who else to trust. Did I work out what was behind it all? Not a chance. In all honesty, I had no idea where things were heading for most of the book. A pleasant well-written novel, and definitely an author worth looking at again. 4*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: mystery

Author Details

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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