David C. Cook
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 quirks—even 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
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.