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Woman of Substance [Kindle Edition]

Annette Bower
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Book Description

"You will never understand what it means to be fat.” With those words, grad student Robbie Smith begins the Fat-Like-Me project. In order to support her thesis, she puts on a fat suit to measure people’s reactions to the new her.

Accused of embezzling funds, Professor Jake Proctor returns home to spend quality time with the only father he has ever known. There, he meets an intriguing overweight woman who reminds him of his late grandmother. She’s witty, charming, and cares deeply for those around her, including his dying grandfather.

When Robbie meets Jake while she’s in disguise, she deceives him for all the right reasons. But how long can she maintain the deception before Jake discovers that she is not who he believes her to be?

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  • File Size: 2848 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (December 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN9TE8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will She Find Love As A Woman of Substance? February 6, 2013
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I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We're all used to being judged on a daily basis; our bosses judge our performance, our friends judge our behavior and our loved ones judge how we respond to them. While our society has made strides in judging people based on race and gender, we still have issues based on judging a person's physical appearance. Are they fit and thin or are they overweight and out of shape. Annette Bower's contemporary romance, Woman of Substance, touches on this topic, how it affects us, and on our capability to love and be loved based on the size of our bodies. Set in Saskatchewan with likable characters, a touch of professional jealousy and just the right amount of emotional angst, Ms. Bower reminds us that when it comes to love, size doesn't matter, only your health does.

Grad student, Robin "Robbie" Smith is determined to complete her thesis and obtain her master's degree. When one of her research subjects tells her she'll never understand what it's like to be overweight, Robbie hatches a plan to confirm her results. She dresses in a specially made "fat suit" to see if people treat her differently when she's overweight. While not surprised with her first day's results, she finds herself becoming friends with an older man. She never planned on becoming emotionally involved or on falling in love with his college professor grandson.

Jake Proctor has come home to spend time with his dying grandfather. When an overweight woman befriends his grandfather, Jake finds himself remembering his grandmother, who also had issues with weight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book was nothing like I expected, and ended up being so much more than I'd hoped. It could have been full of preachy clichés , but instead it was just a real, honest story.

First, I have to say how well Ms. Bower crafts her characters. They're all so individual, three dimensional and real from the most important to the ones who are barely walk-ons. I loved Robbie, and I adored her group of women she used for advice on being fat. I disliked her professor, and reserved judgement on Jake because he so clearly loved his grandfather, Frank (Frank by name, and Frank by nature).

From the moment the book starts with poor Robbie knocked to the ground wearing her fat suit and unable to get up, to the last, sweet moment I was enthralled. This book is primarily about perception and emotion and will tug hard at your heartstrings (I even cried at one point). The author clearly did her homework and shares things like how our gestures matter, and had deep insight to the human psyche.

Not that it's all deep and thought-provoking... not at all. Frank (the goose whisperer), especially, lightens things up all the time with his incredibly fun personality.

With a dozen strong secondary characters, enough emotion to make your heart swell, sing and sigh and family ties enough to make you grin, Woman of Substance is a sweet romance that I recommend to any romance lover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sincere and compelling Romance July 7, 2013
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Robbie Smith, grad student, takes her research seriously about what it means to be a 'fat woman' in today's thin-obsessed society. With compassion and earnest intent, Ms Bower brings you into the world of being ignored, unseen and dismissed. The fact that Robbie is only disguised as a 'fat girl' does not change the sting the reader feels from the very real stigma Robbie is studying. Jake Proctor, a man whose world is threatened with collapse due to events beyond his control, is a really likeable man, a rare guy who doesn't shy away from family involvement, even when it's tough. The romance between these two characters, as well as a strong cast of secondary characters, particularly Jake's wonderful grandfather, is believable and touching. This is a strong book with a serious issue as its inspiration, and should be greatly enjoyed by anyone who loves a little real life with their romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a romance with substance June 26, 2013
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This is a great story. The best love stories are. I enjoyed reading a "romance" in which the reader could understand how the characters fell in love, and why they could forgive each others' shortcomings. Chemistry was present, but Robbie was a woman worthy of love.
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2.0 out of 5 stars abrupt ending May 31, 2014
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Robbie did not actually experience life as a "woman of substance", as the book would have the reader believe. Jake did not propose to the fat version! This book is interesting for awhile, then rushes to end as if the author had a deadline to meet. It disappointed me that it was so predictable. The " other woman" dropped out of Jake 's life way too easily and conveniently also. This was not a book about the experiences of women of size at all, as the title would tease and suggest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deals With Important Women's Issues December 27, 2013
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First of all, this book is to be appreciated since there is no profanity nor sex scenes. That alone makes me want to recommend this book fairly highly. When I take into the account the clever story line, I hold this book in even higher esteem. This is a book that is targeted at adults aged 25-40, but it would be suitable for young adults as well if the topic interests them.

I myself have been obese for several years in my life, and my mother has been most of her life. We discussed the fact that our weight never seemed to cause anyone to look down upon us nor not accept us. We both figured that we were shielded from some of the issues raised in this book due to our personal situations and the circles we frequented. I would love to read a book where an obese person enters the skinny world and finds prejudice and jealousy. That is my experience, but that is another story.

As clever as I found the story, I felt like I wanted more. I felt like I didn't know any of the characters very well. Robbie shared the most, and Jake did to an extent as well. But the supporting cast left a lot of unanswered questions. I felt that I couldn't truly connect with the characters since I felt that their background was not too detailed. I also found myself getting bored towards the end. I would have liked to have seen the story wrap up sooner or for there to be more unrest. But in short, the book is an enjoyable one that will make you think of one other top issues in our country in a new way.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Gives the reader something to think about....
Had a hard time in the beginning staying interested. Picked up nicely in the middle but ended weak. Noticed a lot of misused words in the text. Read more
Published 17 months ago by michelle backlas
5.0 out of 5 stars It delivers
If you love sweet romance, this is the book for you. Ms. Bower delivers another solid story, while dealing with issues many people face on a day to day basis,in terms of weight,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good writing.
I was asked by the writer to read and review this book and really enjoyed the story. It is quite a complicated tale, and the main female in the story jumps between being two... Read more
Published on April 21, 2013 by Janette Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Exciting
I was pleasantly surprised to see that this is a Canadian author, and loved that it look place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Read more
Published on April 20, 2013 by B. Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Woman of Substance
Robin "Robbie" Smith is a twenty-five year old grad student majoring in Human Resources. Robbie's thesis is to determine how society treats people who are different from them. Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading!
With a depth I found surprising in a contemporary romance, Ms. Bower has created a beautiful love story as well and a lovely fiction novel about accepting others from the inside... Read more
Published on February 11, 2013 by LAS Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor, Compassion & Love - a thoroughly enjoyable read
Woman of Substance is a love story that takes the premise of walking in another's shoes to a whole new level. Read more
Published on February 7, 2013 by bobeeda
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More About the Author

Annette Bower writes stories about women, sometimes it is called romance, and sometimes it is called women's fiction. Sometimes it is short story and sometimes it is novel length. Whatever the length, it usually ends happily-ever-after.

Annette researches and takes a while to write novels but in between she writes short pieces.
Annette's latest short commentary "Waiting" won third prize and will be published in the next edition of Voices in June, 2014.

In April, 2014 she participated in a Readers' Summit at the Regina Public Library along with Dianne Warren, Alice Kuipers, Yann Martel and Gail Bowen. She was honored to be among these award winning authors. She discussed her novel Woman of Substance and why she was motivated to write this women's fiction novel with romantic elements.

Her novel with working title "Moving On" released by Soul Mate Publishing in September 2014 as an e published novel. It will be available in print in 2015. She is writing her third novel.

On February 13, she was a guest on Blue Sky, CBC radio talking about romance, her favorite subject.

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