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From acclaimed romance author Ellyn Oaksmith comes a novel of change, challenges, and ultimately kindness....

Being overly kind isn't in Kylie Harrow's nature. This has never been more evident than when Kylie vents her frustrations to an innocent employee - and the whole scene is posted online, tanking her career and earning her the dubious distinction of "world's worst boss". But when she flees home to the South, Kylie finds her childhood home has changed. The high school quarterback is now the hot and handsome sheriff. Her mother has turned her home into a nudist colony. And, worst of all, having heard about her daughter's exploits, her mother won't let her in the door until Kylie completes 50 kind acts in 50 days.

The task seems easy enough at first - and may even help repair her media image - but it quickly turns into a hilarious quest that leads Kylie down a bumpy road filled with new challenges. What started as a gimmick to save her career evolves into a mission to save a spunky old woman and her little dog from homelessness. As Kylie learns about the nature of kindness, she finds the path to happiness and, for the first time ever, maybe even love.

©2015 Ellyn Oaksmith (P)2016 Ellyn Oaksmith

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  • J and M
  • 29-05-16

Totally crazy and entertaining fun

This book was highly entertaining. While I thought that the main character, Kylie, was a piece of work, the book was thoroughly entertaining. It was full of interesting characters and laugh out loud moments. While I can't imagine Kylie could ever change enough to be a more caring person, she does try. And, I loved the dynamic between her and her friend. The friend knew her and loved and accepted her for the flawed person she was. That's a friend.
This book is hard to describe without giving great things away. But, this is a full bodied book that will keep you engaged and entertained from beginning to end.
I'm a huge fan of Wendy Rich Stetson, which was why I jumped at the chance to try out this new author. Wendy did not disappoint, and I really like Ellyn Oaksmith's storytelling. I can't wait to see what's next.

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  • Cyn
  • 24-04-16

Wonderful delightful funny listen

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When picking this up I had a hard day at work and just needed to smile. It did so much more than make me smile I found I was laughing out loud think oh no she didn’t what else could go wrong. When your world falls apart and you hit rock bottom what do you do you run home to mother only to find the whole world has went mad.


How can it be so hard to be kind for one women it seem pretty hard. She can’t do anything right even when she tries the hardest. Every time her world falls apart the hot hunk of a sheriff shows up seeing her down fall. Can life get any worse it does seem so for Kylie as she takes you through her day to day act of 50 acts of kindness. Hold on tight as this wonderful author and narrator take you through a trip of laughter, smiles and love that will keep you laughing. This is one audio you will want to listen to over and over again.


Wendy Rich Stetson has a voice I could listen to all day. Her male voices are as wonderful as her female voices. I know when I see her name she is going to deliver a wonderful listen which will keep me entertained. She always gives a clear audio with no background noise as she delivers an even tone with no high or low places. I love her male and female voices they are so rich and clear. You are never guessing who is talking or what emotions they are feeling. The voices fit the ages of the character as well as the person. Ms. Stetson really brought this audio to life for me. No doubt this book is worth reading but the audio blows the book away. The narrator had me hooked from the first page never letting go as I laughed my way through. I found things to do so I could listen and enjoy I didn’t want to put it down. Ms. Stetson is one of go to narrators I know she will always deliver a wonderful listen.


Kylie loses everything when she is labeled the world’s worse boss nationwide. When you hit rock bottom there is only one way and that is up unless your name is Kylie than you find nothing you do is right. I loved this character as she learned and grows into the person she wanted to be. Once she got her act together and started doing things because she wanted to not to get something she truly became a wonderful person with her smart sassy mouth which does get her in trouble. She truly made this a wonderful entertaining read. If things could go wrong they sure did for her no matter how much she tries to give it her all it always seems to back fire on her.


Chet with his easy going ways just make him that much funnier as he tries to keep the peace in this small town. He knows Kylie’s wants to show the world she has changed for all the wrong reason. He is hoping she will come out of her shell and see what is right in front of her face. A wonderful town with a wonderful man. I just loved him from his soft ways to his manly ones. He is truly a knight who could ride up and save me any day. There is nothing not to love about this characters who is the most even tempter man I know.


Sparks fly when Kylie and Chet get together the attraction is strong as these to go head to head again and again. Kylie just can’t keep her mouth shut as she deliveries sassy remarks time and time again which gets her in major trouble. I just loved how he turns the tables on her over and over again getting the last laugh. He loves baiting her and seeing her tempter fly.


This author is new to me when I picked this audio up I wasn’t expecting it to be so entertaining. The author writes a wonderful story with an outstanding plot. She delivers a story that will keep you laughing throughout with scenes that leave you with your mouth open thinking OH NO SHE DIDN’T only to find she sure did. I loved all these characters from her wonderful mother to the crazy cranky old lady. The author deliveries a powerful message that I think we all need to learn again and again. One must do from the heart not to see what they can get. The author gave a lot of thought to this read as she puts her heart into giving you a story that will stay with you for a long time. This is one I will listen/read again and again. If you are looking for a story that is well written, one that will keep you smiling that you can’t put down with a wonderful narrator who gives so much to the listen this is the book for you. I HIGHLY recommend this.

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  • MANI
  • 12-04-16

Acts of kindness

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This book is very funny, it follows Kylie as she is called into see her boss. Kylie thought it's for a raise or promotion, but is somewhat different. The antics that follow are funny and poignant as she faces her past and tries to make sense of her future. I enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Foy
  • 28-05-16

LOL! Out loud!!!

I listened to this while painting and my husband kept asking what I was laughing about. Loved the story, the narrator was a bit flat but still wonderful!

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  • Reader Lady
  • 18-04-16

A light-hearted, laugh out loud kind of read!

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This is the first time I have read a book by this author, but it is not the first time I have listened to Wendy Rich Stetson. When she asked me to listen to 50 Acts of Kindness, I agreed, even though, the book is not my usual type of read. As always, Ms. Stetson delivers another stellar performance with this book.

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While I struggled to like Kylie, her character did keep me on my toes and interested in what the next outlandish thing she would do. Underneath her tough exterior, I was able to find some redeeming characteristics.

I did like Chet, the sheriff, quite a lot. He has many qualities I enjoy in a hero. I also liked his determination to not give into lust, even though he found Kylie very attractive. That is not something you find in many romances.

This is definitely Chick-Lit with romantic elements. While it is quite humorous throughout the book and had me laughing out loud several times, it did go over the top a few times. The bottom line for me was Kylie’s unlikable character. Even at the very end, I still didn’t truly warm up to her. I also did not feel a strong sense of attraction between Kylie and Chet. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this book, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.

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4.5 Stars

Wendy Rich Stetson does an outstanding job with this one. Her narrative always brings the characters to life. She did a fabulous job with the multitude of secondary characters, especially the cantankerous Margaret. I marvel at her ability to give so many characters a distinctive voice. If you enjoy a narrator who reads with plenty of emotion, then you will love Ms. Stetson. It’s truly a delight to listen to her performance.

If you enjoy romantic comedy with a zany heroine, and a book with plenty of action, along with an adorable animal that almost steals the show, then you will want to read 50 Acts of Kindness. The moral of the story alone makes it worth your time. Happy reading!

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  • thesassyhaffie
  • 10-08-18

cute

it was an uplifting story, abrupt ending but still worth it. Feel good sort of book.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 15-07-18

A laugh out loud book.

Any girl raised in the South will be able to identify with this book. The South is a place where “Bless your little heart” is not a prayer for God to lay bounty at your door. A great performance and lots of wisdom lie within this story.

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  • Catrina P
  • 21-07-17

An enjoyable light hearted story

I have to admit, I didn't particularly like the main character, Kylie, at the beginning. However, the journey she took, with all the unexpected twists, as she stove to recover from her fall from grace changed my mind. Ellen Oaksmith wove a wonderful tale that really had me rooting for Kylie.

Wendy Rich Stetson did a wonderful job with bringing the characters to life. It's always a pleasure to listen to her performances.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 16-06-17

A delightful romantic comedy

In 50 Acts of Kindness by Ellyn Oaksmith, Kylie Harrow is a high-paid, high-powered marketer on a direct path to the top. So when she gets called into the boss’s office, she expects to get a promotion. What she doesn’t expect is to be shown a YouTube video titled “World’s Worst Boss” and featuring her yelling at a pregnant woman for all the inconveniences for her that the woman’s pregnancy causes, such as having to leave to use the restroom too often. As the video has gone viral, that seals the end of her job. With no company willing to hire Kylie, she has no choice but to go home to North Carolina. But life is not the same at her childhood home. Coming downstairs after her first night, she finds the dining room full of naked people. Her mother has turned Kylie’s childhood home into a bed and breakfast as a nudist colony! But the only way her mother will allow Kylie to stay is for her to commit 50 acts of kindness in 50 days.

Being social media savvy, Kylie decides to turn those 50 acts into a vlog to prove to the world that she has redeemed herself. Things don’t start out well, with Kylie’s being befriended by the ugliest dog she has ever seen after she falls and gets stuck in a fallen fence. The hot local sheriff, who was the star quarterback in high school with Kylie, is right there to witness as Kylie falls. It now seems that Kylie has a dog, whom she names Bat. With other acts of kindness going less successfully, Chet, the sheriff, discovers the owner of Bat, an 80-year-old misogynist named Margaret, who has been in the hospital for a while. Being talked by Chet into visiting Margaret, Kylie discovers an angry, bitter woman whom eventually Chet helps Kylie to see is really scared deep down. Kylie’s 50 acts of kindness turn into one act, trying to help Margaret.

This book really gripped me from the start. The YouTube episode was dramatic, drawing me into the book from the start. It kept me listening eagerly and drew me into it. The characters were very realistic, and I appreciated seeing Margaret as a senior version of what Kylie has become. Kylie’s journey towards finding her true self parallels Margaret’s. I also enjoyed the contrast that Chet provides for Kylie in showing a good guy as well as the way the romance between them develops slowly and that they don’t just jump into bed together when they first meet. Further, Kylie has a gay best friend, Marcus, who helps her out in her activities, and Marcus adds to the fun elements of the book.

Wendy Rich Stetson voices the first person narration from Kylie’s perspective. She serves as a very believable Kylie, with good accents and a solid performance of this book. Her voicing of Kylie does a lot to make her personal journey from a real bitch to someone coming to find herself.

50 Acts of Kindness is a terrific personal journey, primarily in Kylie but also as a secondary plot in the lite of Margaret. I listened to this 10 hour book in two stretches because I didn’t want to put it down. I will point out that while the love scenes take place behind closed doors, there are periodic disapproving references to the genitals of the guests at the nudist B&B. But other than just complaining about having to look at old breasts or penises, the book doesn’t get any more graphic than that. I highly recommend this romantic comedy and give it five stars!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but it in no way affected my review.

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  • sandra
  • 26-11-16

Easily read, enjoyable story line

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this book is very fun to read. I did really enjoy 50 Acts of Kindness and would recommend it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the main character, Kylie. She becomes a better person throughout the story. I also enjoyed the other characters in the book. The characters were all really interesting.

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I enjoyed the comedy. A fun read for anyone with mix of humor with a touch of romance too. Perfect for holidays. I can't wait to read more books by Ellyn Oaksmith.

The narration was well done and fit the story line. The characters were well portrayed by Wendy Rich Stetson

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