Friday, February 25, 2011

CFBA: Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart

Song Stuck on the Brain: I Get Around by The Beach Boys

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Operation Bonnet
David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)


Kimberly Stuart


Nellie Monroe takes getting used to. She's not a character mess with and she's not one to judge too quickly. At first take, she's a little irritating and odd. Later, you find she's still irritating and odd - only you find you don't mind that anymore because you've discovered the very big heart that hides behind her tough PI wanna be exterior. Her decision to help Amos and his Amish lady love may have started out as a desire to nail her first PI gig, but in the process of her undercover work, Nellie learns a lot about life and herself.

Amos cracked me up, his speech style was a nice touch. It was an interesting way to view our culture through a new set of eyes. He brought a lot of humor to the story, although Nellie's inner dialogue and thought process made me laugh out loud. She's got a very set in stone view of the world around her and the people that populate it, but with the help of her Nona, Tank, Mrs. H., Amos, Grandmother Mary and Matt... her life as she sees it changes for the better.

Fun read with plenty of humor and a nice dose of romance.


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:


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.

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