[CFBA Tour&Review] Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart

Posted 24 February, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Operation Bonnet
David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)
Kimberly Stuart

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:     Kimberly says:

I am a writer of comedic fiction, and would like to suggest that you laugh regularly when reading my books. Let’s also try for one to two teary moments. If you are crying more than that, you don’t understand my sense of humor and should move on to another author.

I grew up in a book-loving home. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. My mom loves books. My dad loves to read the first chapters of books and then make us all listen as he recites his favorite passages. I, however, enjoy reading books in their entirety and came into writing as a result of book-love. After earning two fancy degrees in education and Spanish, I promptly let the thinking part of my brain take a breather and instead became pregnant. (I’m sure a lot of other things happened between early literacy and pregnancy but I don’t really remember any of that. If you also have shared your uterus with another human, you understand.)

In an effort to author a book that would entertain my sassy, irreverent, breast-feeding/drooping friends, I wrote my first novel, Balancing Act. People were so nice to me after that, I decided to continue with writing. Also, I can’t craft, knit, or scrapbook, so what else was a nice, Christian girl to do?

In addition to writing books to make my friends laugh and cry, I observe the chaos at the home I share with my unfailingly supportive husband and three offspring. We’re doing our best and so far, no one’s been to prison.


Twenty-year-old Nellie Monroe has a restless brilliance that makes her a bit of an odd duck. She wants to be a private investigator, even though her tiny hometown offers no hope of clients. Until she meets Amos Shetler, an Amish dropout carrying a torch for the girl he left behind.

So Nellie straps on her bonnet and goes undercover to get the dish. But though she’s brainy, Nellie is clueless when it comes to real life and real relationships. Soon she’s alienated her best friend, angered her college professor, and botched her case.

Operation Bonnet is a comedy of errors, a surprising take on love, and a story of grace.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Operation Bonnet, go HERE.

Watch the book video trailer:

My Review:
I absolutely ADORED this novel! It’s true to it’s word, though, when it says it’s “not your grandmother’s Amish fiction”. It’s laughs, it’s mystery, it’s mishaps and it’s just all around FANTABULOUS fiction. Kimberly Stuart is a new to me author and one that I will be adding to my long growing lists of favorite authors.

In OB, Nellie is a 20 year old student who becomes a PI. Yep. That’s right a PI. So, where does the Amish come in, you may be wondering??? Well, it’s simple. Through Amos. I ADORED his character! His an Amish-wanna-be-English boy who hires Nellie to be that PI. It’s laugh out loud quirks comes in as Nellie spies on the old Amish girlfriend of Amos’ by “becoming” Amish during her “investigation”. DEFINITELY a first in Amish fiction! But, one that is totally worth the laughs, the love, even the crazy mixed up family that Nellie belongs to. Especially Nona. Oh, sweet Nona. She was by far, my favorite lovable character.

So, if you want a new twist on Amish and love, then please. Grab a copy of this TERRIFIC new novel by a talented young author. It’s got 5 star characters, amazing plot line and fantastic messages from God. I will be adding this one to my rapidly growing list of awesome, easy reads and Amish novels. Well done, Stuart!

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