Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operation Bonnet: A Novel - Kimberly Stuart

Summary from Good Reads 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.

Nellie Monroe is not your typical young adult.  She never fit in at school, she was very smart even at an early age and her personality it some what peculiar.  She lives with her grandmother, Nona, who I suspect is showing early signs of Alzehiemer's.  Nellie takes on her first private investigator job with Amos, an Amish man who left the community.  He left his true love and wanted Nellie to see if the rumors of her getting married were true.  Nellie starts taking cooking lessons from Granny Mary and finds Amos' love.  Will Amos get his love back?  Will Nellie be able to keep her cover without causing any problems?

This book was not your typical Amish fiction book.  The Amish did not get into the story until about one-third of the way through the book.  Nellie was a naive girl and somewhat immature for her age.  She did have a wonderful and personal relationship with her grandmother.  Amos was developed as an Amish man who has learned things about the English from TV.  He is protrayed as a rather dumb person since he does not understand English colloquialisms.  But I must admit, the book cover is eye grabbing!  I think this was a good book over all.

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