Book Review: Operation Bonnet + Giveaway!

  No sure if you remember but I’m trying to read more books this year, actually just read more period. So I joined the Take A Chance Challenge to help me out. I just completed challenge #2 “Loved Ones Choice.” I actually have 3 books for this challenge but one completed so far. 

“Operation Bonnet”

Genre: Comedic Fiction

Pages: 272

Author: Kimberly Stuart 

From the Book Jacket:
  
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.
 
My Thoughts:
 
The last book I read didn’t draw me in, it had a good plot and all but I wasn’t sucked in so that I felt the need to read it every chance I could. This book however did accomplish that! I finished this book in a flash and enjoyed every moment of it. I’m typically a mystery/action kind of girl but how can you not love a book the says its “Not your Grandmothers Amish Fiction.” The story moves along nicely. There is always something to wonder, will her teacher catch her, what happens between the to people in love, will she ever see the obvious? If your looking for some entertainment pick this up here. Kimberly Stuart does a great job and I’m ordering  the rest of her books as I type.
On to some fun? I have a ‘friend of a friend’ type connection to this author. Turns out she is one of my Mom’s friends so I got an interview! Plus she is offering up a free book but more on that later.

Ok lets just get to the obvious, what made you decided to do an Amish fiction? Seems like a pretty rare topic.

  •  I have long been interested in the Amish. My husband and I lived on the edge of an Amish community while we were in grad school, so my curiosity was stoked during that time. Also, there’s quite a large library of Amish fiction these days. In fact, there’s a joke right now in publishing that all an author needs to do is slap a bonnet on the cover. I do have a bonnet on my cover, but, um, this isn’t your grandmother’s Amish fiction. Ahem.

Ok now that we got that over with, tell me a little about yourself. I know you’re a mom, and you’re funny. Plus you must be cool if you hang out with my mom so what makes you, you?

  •  First, your mother’s cool factor cannot be reached by mere mortals. 🙂 In my normal, non-writing life, I am a wife and a mother of three young children. I spend a lot of time wiping noses and tushes, sweeping cereal particles from under the kitchen table, and reminding my children that Whinese is not an internationally sanctioned language. I write during nap time and while the laundry remains untouched. Life is good around here. Busy and loud, but chock full of blessing.

 

Tell me a bit more about how you started writing. I know you say its because of your love of reading, but there has to be more to it than that.

  •  I started writing after my eldest daughter was born and I needed an outlet for unused multi-syllabic words. I loved being home with my daughter, but I also knew I needed a space that was mine and for me, that space became storytelling. I wanted to write stories that paired the medicine of laughter with the poignancy of grace. I wanted to write stories about real people and real heartache and real, belly laughter. Really, I wanted to write stories that my girlfriends would like to read. My first book came out of that desire and it’s the one that propels me still.

Ok I know this is a hard one but what is your favorite book (of the moment.) Maybe one fiction one non fiction and one ‘other’ does that help?

  •  Oh, dear. My favorite books of the moment…Thank you for allowing the “for the moment” part. Relieves the pressure. Here are my votes:
    Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Non Fiction: Love Focused by Bob and Judy Hughes
    Favorite Beach Read for the Summer: Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Last but not least, what is in the works for you next? Another book, more book tours? Just hanging out at home and being a great mom?

  • I’m hoping to start writing again soon. I have an idea percolating but I’m not quite ready to dive back in. At this point, I’m working to get the word out about Operation Bonnet. And I’m hoping to have my closets organized by the time I perish. No promises, but I’m hopeful.

So here is a little more fun, a giveaway. We are going to make this one super simple. Just leave a comment telling me you want to win!

Plus if you read the book and leave a review on Amazon you could be entered to win a kindle!

Also, I’m doing a little promo right now that might interest some of your readers. I’m gunning for 200 Amazon reviews by June 1. Everyone who posts a review will be entered to win a free Kindle. Just send me the link to the review (KimberlyStuartGiveaway@gmail.com) and you’ll be entered. Plus, we’ll be giving away a cute Op Bonnet memento for everyone who posts a review.

Giveaway ends 4/22/11 at 1:00 CST

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*I was not provided with anything in order to do this book review. However after contacting the Author she said she would like to give away a book to one of you nice readers!

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