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Length: 280 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2850 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (December 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN9TE8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 time to write novels but in between she writes short pieces.
Annette's latest short commentary "Waiting" won third prize and was published in Voices in June, 2014. "Shadows and Dreams" was shortlisted in Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2015.

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.

On February 13, 2014 she was a guest on Blue Sky, CBC radio talking about romance, her favorite subject.

Her sweet, romance novel Moving On published by Soul Mate Publishing appeared in September 2014 as an e published novel and now is also available in print. Moving On is a 2015 TRR readers choice nominee and a romance top pick at TRR.
Her third novel is scheduled for release with Soul Mate Publishing in April of 2016.


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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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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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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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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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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. Mainly how society judges people who are obese. In her case, how obsese women are treated.

Jake Proctor is a thirty-five-year old professor of Anthropology. He has been accused of stealing $15,000 from his project's fund. He is taking a leave of absence while the investigation into the missing funds is going on and he is using the time to spend with his dying grandfather, the only family member he has left.

With the help of three women, Mavis, Sharon, and Margaret, who are all overweight themselves and struggling with and finding their own ways to deal with society's perception of them, Robbie transforms from a small sized woman into a large woman.

On Robbie's first outing as Robin, she meets an elderly man named Frank Proctor. Frank is the grandfather of Jake and he is also dying of leukemia. Robin reminds Frank of his late wife Mabel. They quickly begin a friendship.

In the beginning, Jake is suspicious of Robin and thinks she's trying to pry upon an old man. Frank and Robin like each other and get along really good. Once Jake realizes that Robin isn't trying to pry upon Frank, he asks Robin to spend more time with his Grandfather. Jake is even willing to pay Robin for her time; something she is very upset by. Jake's heart is actually in the right place. He's concerned about his Grandfather being alone too much in the final days he has left.

While Robin is forming a bond with Frank, she's also forming a friendship with Jake. At different points in time throughout the book, Jake and the real Robbie meet on various occasions.
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