Operation Bonnet [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Operation Bonnet

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Overview

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. 
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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434703286
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 941,977
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    !!!Bravo!!!

    If only reading were always this fun...I felt like I paid 8$ at the theater to see an oscar winning movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Good fun

    We all need to laugh more!! Great fun

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Fun read with quirky characters

    Kimberly has a very unique style of writing and she gets better with each book. This book is my favorite of hers so far. I love the premise and plot and her characters are just as quirky and fun as ever. The boss who can't talk without screaming, the best friend who's a guy and works at Radio Shack, which is perfect because Nellie with the red afro hair is a wanna be private investigator except that she lives in a relatively small town and has no P.I. jobs. Then comes along Amos, a former Amish young man that decides to hire Nellie. Ah, yes, and chaos has just started. She has to infiltrate his former Amish neighbors to get the info he needs...right... I love where it goes and Kimberly brings us along on every uncomfortable encounter along the way. My favorite thing about Kimberly's books are that she doesn't wrap everything up with a pretty, neat bow at the end. But she does bring everything to a close. Another good book from a very unique author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Very Good!

    This was a very good novel! Humor, suspense, romance .... A nice, clean read.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    What a great read!

    I bought this book on a whim and was not disappointed. I love the main character and her courage and sass! I like the insight I received into the culture of the Amish, also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    cute book

    A fun easy read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    recommended

    good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Ok book, just not my style

    Not a bad book, just not the type I usually read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    I always enjoy reading about the Amish.

    at times i thought the characters were pictured more juvenile but over all a good book

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    A touch of Amish

    Our "English" heroin goes undercover with the Amish as a favor to a new friend. No murder for this gum-shoe wannabe. A light book that keeps you interested. Grean read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Fun light-hearted read.

    Liked the plot and the way the author told the story in first person. Fun read with lots of tongue in cheek humor. Enjoyed reading this very much.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    One Funny-Fun Read

    The sight of this cover stopped me in my tracks as I tried to make sense of what this book might be about. Was this an Amish book? Not like any I've ever seen. I was thankful for the review copy of this book so I could find out what Kimberly Stuart was up to inside this new novel.

    Operation Bonnet is the most hilarious P.I. detective story I've read in quite a while. The fact that Nellie Monroe's first case involves her going undercover to gather information from inside an Amish community is a hoot and very clever, tongue and cheek writing on Kim's part.

    Nellie is a twenty something gal who definitely walks to the beat of her own drums, works hard, is serious about being the best PI possible, and is loyal and caring to her friends and family. She ponders why her grandmother loves God so much. Nellie asks her grandmother why she paints, ".first to honor God who paints the sunsets and oceans and human hearts. And second so I don't get cranky like so many of the old people in this world."

    Nellie says, "I'll go every week to the pastry shop and help bake. I'm not a cook and don't care to be, but if I have to roll out pastry dough for three hours to get a woman to talk about what it's like to be Amish and female in the twenty first century, doggone it, I will."

    Matt, Nellie's friend since elementary school supports her in her P.I. career choice but has been acting kind of weird lately. Nellie has noticed his muscles, how Matt looks all manly all of a sudden and how her stomach has started to flip when he looks at her a certain way. What was going on there? She didn't have time to figure out that right now she was in the middle of her first case! Her client was a shunned Amish boy named Amos and he needed her help.

    Kimberly Stuart is not a new comer to Christian fiction but Operation Bonnet is the fist book I've read by this author. I love Kimberly's humor and how real and honest Nellie is. I enjoyed Nellie's friend Matt and how Amos seeks her for insider information from a certain Amish Community. Kimberly has a gift of making the reader laugh out-loud yet at the same time pens a spiritual thread that is sincere and natural. Kimberly reminded me of another author that makes me laugh out loud, Jenny B. Jones. I'll definitely be looking for Kimberly Stuart's other books. I can't wait for her next book to hit the shelf; you'll anxiously be waiting for it too.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Amish with a Twist

    Here's a new twist on an Amish romance. Nellie Monroe, a wanna-be Private Eye gets her first assignment from formerly Amish Amos, an interesting character. He comically mixes things up as he soaks up the "English" livestyle by watching reruns of a Gidget marathon. For example, he would title this novel, Operation Moondoggie!

    I enjoyed the well-rounded characters. I struggled with Nellie as she learned to make a fruit pie from scratch. I chuckled as I envisioned her working alongside Tank, with his unusual manner of speech. I lamented with her struggles with her beloved Nona's Alhtzeimer's. And, I waited for her to realize that Matt was her "man."

    After Words are included which contain: Letter from Sergeant Jack Knight, Grandmother Mary's Rhubarb Pie, and A final word from Amos Shetler. This is a fun read. Go for it!

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    intriguing coming of age "student" investigative tale

    In Casper, Ohio, luminary twenty years old Nellie Monroe is an eccentric genius whose burnt orange Afro alone would maker her a stand out in much larger Cleveland as Irish-Americans do not have curly hair like she has. However, it is her brain power that makes her an odd duck. While her parents tour golf courses everywhere, she stays home to take care of her octogenarian Nona while working for Tank at the local club. She wants to be a private investigator, is taking on line classes and has a business card with her full name of Nellie Augusta Lourdes Monroe inscribed on it. However, she also believes she will need to relocate as the divorce rate in the country hovers around fifty percent while in Casper it is under twenty-five percent.

    Tank hires Amish dropout Amos Shetler. Nellie meets Amos by punching him in the stomach. Hurting, he admits she does not hit like a girl. She warns him not to sneak up on someone. A few days later he hires her to conduct surveillance on the Amish girl he considers marrying Katie and his rival John. Amos tells her no pictures just listen to what she says. Nellie brilliantly sets in motion Operation Bonnet only to alienate her BF Matt, her professor, her family, her client, the Amish community, and perhaps everyone residing in the Buckeye State.

    This is an intriguing coming of age "student" investigative tale told by Nellie. Her side commentary is amusingly acerbic, but also slows down the prime exciting subplot of her going undercover causing havoc for seemingly much of Ohio and locked lips with one male hunk. Fans will enjoy Operation Bonnet as Nellie learns about people from the tsuris she caused with her first case.

    Harriet Klausner

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