#amreading – What, Why, While

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett @WritesHeather , which is her debut novel 😊

It is published by Serpentine Books @SerpentineBooks and Publication Day is Thursday 11th March.

Blurb (taken from: https://www.heatherbarnettauthor.com/ )



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?

Here is a link to a short video:


and here are some pre-order links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3fhl9Cd

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35NWnGu

Heather Barnett’’s Bio:

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: www.heatherbarnettauthor.com or join the discussion on Twitter @WritesHeather.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I chose to read Acts of Kindness for two reason. 

1:  Serpentine Books publish great books – think Jem Tugwell’s thriller Dishonoured, plus Proximity and No Signal.

2:  Acts of Kindness sounded an uplifting and positive book with a mystery.  Just what I need at the moment when the Covid restrictions seem to be going on for ever and ever. 

While (I  am reading it) 

We’re currently not allowed on the ski pistes without a negative Covid test certificate – tests  are easy (and free) to obtain, but this ruling has pushed me to do more walking in the valley.  Recently I walked the 10km back from a nearby small town, and was surprised to see how snow free the mountain slopes were (apart from the skiing areas), and enjoyed the lovely views, including this farmhouse and the snowy mountain background. On the top of the house you can just see the bell that was used (before mobile phones) to call the farmer in from the fields for his lunch.

If you would like to tell me What you are reading, Why you are reading that book, and what you’re doing While you’re reading it, then let me know via   the Guest Blog Page on EmmabBooks.com   and maybe I’ll blog about it. 

All the best, Emma

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