- 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
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book so much for taking me into this world. The two main characters were strong heroines with realistic flaws. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Christina Strigas
I really enjoyed this quiet and thoughtful story and looked forward to reading it each night. It opened my eyes to the subtle prejudices that overweight women face. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon customer
Robbie Smith is a caring, headstrong grad student who believes that, to understand someone, she would literally walk a mile in their shoes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abrielle Sarah Fuerst
Robbie Smith puts herself into a fat suit to find out how people react to large women. Her friends told her she could never understand what it was like to be fat unless she walked... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan J. Berger
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! Read morePublished 20 months ago by P. Watson
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. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Ruth A. Hill
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 morePublished on December 12, 2013 by michelle backlas
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 morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Pan