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Operation Bonnet: A Novel - eBook
David C. Cook / 2011 / ePub
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But though shes brainy, Nellie is clueless when it comes to real life and real relationships. Soon shes 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.
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.
Kimberly Stuart holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa. After teaching Spanish and English as a second language in Chicago, Minneapolis, Costa Rica, and eastern Iowa, she took a huge increase in pay to be a full-time mom. She makes her home in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two young children.
Nellie Monroe, the narrator and main character of Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart, has a personality as big and vibrant as the mane of red hair she gave up trying to tame years before. With the summer after her second year of college just beginning, she is holding tight to her dream of becoming a private investigator. Thus she is thrilled when a co-worker, a young man named Amos who recently left the Amish order, hires her to find out if his former girlfriend is marrying someone else. Nellie goes undercover, using false pretenses to investigate, but she soon discovers that lying causes more problems than it solves.
Nellie is a likeable character with a distinct and humorous narrative voice. Other characters are also three-dimensional and have personality quirkseven those who play relatively minor roles in the story. Whereas the plot itself may not be entirely unique, it is not in any way a traditional Amish romance and Nellie's voice gives the story a fresh twist.
Operation Bonnet emphasizes the importance of the command given in Colossians 2:9, "Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices." Although a simple message, it is an important one that we sometimes forget. I recommend this book to any reader who enjoys contemporary romances. Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Stuart (Stretch Marks) confects Nellie Monroe, a 21-year-old PI wannabe who was dubbed a literary luminary in fifth grade, in this tale of comedic errors. The often flippant yet likable and fun-loving protagonist is bursting with quippy comebacks in external and internal dialogue as she attempts to navigate her youthful way through a dysfunctional family and along an uncertain career path. Nellie's dream comes true when she's offered a PI job by Amish dropout Amos Shetler, who hires Nellie to spy on a former Amish flame. Nellie goes undercover in full Amish regalia and infiltrates Amos's ex-sweetheart's community to get the goods for her client. Between trekking back and forth between her home and an Amish town, Nellie unearths the truth for Amos and inadvertently learns some life lessons. Neatly done, Stuart's work certainly provides amusing spiritual takeaways for readers to privately file away for later reference. (Feb.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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