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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781448913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781448918
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About 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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Kimberly Stuart has always loved a good story, good writing, and a good laugh. She is also particularly fond of Dutch cheeses and dark chocolate. As a child, she would force her brother into playing the ever-riveting game of "Library." She would write official looking information with a red Sharpie and Ryan would have the honored task of holding an inscribed, stinky book. This game had a short lifespan as Ryan soon realized that there were neighborhood children who would not make him suffer so.

Decades later, Stuart turned to writing to cope with the isolation and charming chaos of motherhood. A few vignettes turned into the seeds for a novel, which turned into a two-book contract out of which _Balancing Act_ and _Bottom Line_ were birthed. While not autobiographical, these two titles were much cheaper than therapy. _Act Two: A Novel in Perfect Pitch_ is the story of a diva who gets stuck in the Midwest against her will. The pig rump on the cover is an exceptionally clever visual cue.

Stretch Marks hits Amazon and stores nationwide September of 2009, so get ready. Part romantic comedy, part mother-daughter war, it just might be the best way to spend a few bucks these days. Or you can always cut your losses and invest in a red Sharpie.

Customer Reviews

This is a laugh out loud kind of book.
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I loved the quirky story and good character development.
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I look forward to reading her other books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erica Morrow on March 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read all of Stuart's novels, and continue to like each one better than the last (and I loved her first one!). Her characters and storyline break all of the stereotypes within the her genre, and the truth and beauty behind it all makes her books both laugh out loud funny and seriously emotional at the same time. I wish each novel had several sequels, because I am never ready for them to be over when the story is finished.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on July 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay, I'm not even sure I should admit this... but I absolutely loved this book! Every few pages I would break out into laughter, and my wife would look over and wonder what on earth was going on. Amos Shetler's comments from his Amish perspective made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes. And yet the story had it's tender elements, and provided opportunity to think about what our faith means in our world today. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to trying future works by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChefREL on March 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Kimberly Stuart has done it again! The novel takes you on a detective adventure you wont soon forget. Kimberly is one of my favorite writers. She can tell a story!! And once again she has written a novel you don't want to miss. This is a laugh out loud kind of book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nellie Monroe lives with her eighty-something year old grandmother, and despite the fact that her parents are rich, she works at a golf course, with a boss that can't talk without yelling. She dreams of being a private investigator, but there is little to no action in her small Ohio town, and she'd have to relocate to Cleveland. Which would mean leaving her grandmother.

Nellie's big break comes when her boss hires an ex-Amish man, Amos Shelter, to build a miniature golf course. Amos hires Nellie to check up on his girl back home to see if she's seeing Amos' nemesis. Nellie manages to "break into" the Amish culture by stealing her professor's cooking classes and taking lessons herself, just so she can get a foot in.

But will Nellie be able to find out what is going on with Amos' girl? Does she have what it takes to be a private investigator? Will she be able to master the perfect pie crust?

OPERATION BONNET is being marketed as "Not your grandmother's Amish fiction." This kind of confused me at first, taking it literal, my grandmother didn't read Amish fiction... but as I read OPERATION BONNET, I understood the reasoning. If you are looking for a sweet romance or a cozy mystery involving the Plain folk, or even a woman's fiction about a girl struggling to find herself in Amish country, then OPERATION BONNET is not for you. This book is about a totally modern woman, smart, savvy and snarky, who's willing to break every one of the ten commandments to get what she wants.

OPERATION BONNET does start out a bit slow. I think that the author moved the prologue to the first chapter, as it seemed to start with backstory. But once it got past the fifth-grader with afro hair and started getting into the real story it got interesting and I laughed out loud several times. The ending of the story was an unexpected twist. I thoroughly enjoyed reading OPERATION BONNET and especially enjoyed the Afterwards section at the back of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady ReadsaLot on December 11, 2012
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This was a tough one to get through. I did enjoy some parts of this book. When the author was telling of Nona and her slow descent I found it to be touching and well thought out. Unfortunately that was not the meat of the story, and so I found the book lacking overall.

Nellie was annoying, egotistical, and not anywhere near as smart as she thought herself. As stated in my review title, I kept going back to see if it had been tagged a YA book. This was because of the overall lack of maturity this 20 year old "PI wannabe" displayed. She acted more like a 12 year old practicing to be Encyclopedia Brown while sending away for her decoder rings and giant magnifying glass. Other than Nona and maybe Matt the other characters were flat and mostly unnecessary. The whole Misti Pitz stuff made no sense---the same age as immature Nellie and she is married, had umpteen different "hostess careers," and is now pregnant. While Nellie still can't pick up her clothes from the floor and goes around standing on her head?

I enjoyed reading Trixie Belden when I was a kid (and in fact have a collection I told my son will be his "inheritance" someday) but to call this story a mystery is to insult Trixie, Nancy Drew, and Encyclopedia Brown. To sum up, this was not a mystery, it was a YA story about choices made and "growing up." The author would have been better served with a less annoying and more believable heroine and stuck to her growing up, "falling in love," and dealing with her Nona. The Amish "mystery" brought the whole project down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2012
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I began this book expecting a simple but exciting mystery mixed with a little Amish culture and a bit of romance. My excitement grew when the first several chapters completely captivated me. Kimberly Stuart's writing style is fantastic. From the start I felt a connection to Nellie, with her burden as a "luminary" with a brilliance that still needed direction, and her dream of being a P.I. that lacked support. I fell in love with her Nona and completely understood Nellie's dedication to her. I enjoyed "meeting" the various other people who populated Nellie's life.

But before long, I discovered that the main story is actually about Nellie's personal growth, rather than any of the many(!) subplots involving mysteries or the Amish. Throughout the book, Nellie struggles with the expectations of her wealthy parents; she works at a golf course owned by a family friend; she tests out her P.I. skills and helps her coworker, Amos, find out if his Amish love is going to marry another; she spends time with an Amish family who provide her with new perspectives on life; she navigates the turbulent waters of friendship that becomes love; she takes care of her aging grandmother; she cooks; she spends a lot of time at the grocery store running into a girl who made her miserable in junior high. Sometimes Nellie succeeds, sometimes she fails, and other times the side stories don't soom to reach any particular conclusion.

This book caught my attention because of its promise to combine Amish fiction with mystery–two of my favorite genres. As it turns out, the story doesn't really contain much of either. At first this disappointed me, but then I realized that I was missing the point. Operation Bonnet is about real life. Nellie is a decent but flawed person (a lot like you and me!
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