Start reading Woman of Substance on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Woman of Substance [Kindle Edition]

Annette Bower
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $12.99
Kindle Price: $2.99
You Save: $10.00 (77%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback $12.99  
$1.99 Kindle Books for Mother's Day
Choose from over 50 Kindle books and find the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Learn More

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?


Product Details

  • 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
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sincere and compelling Romance July 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a romance with substance June 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Deals With Important Women's Issues December 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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 4 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 8 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 12 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 13 months ago 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 14 months ago 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 14 months ago by J. Shay
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Romance Worth Reading
A thought-provoking contemporary romance that reminds me a lot of recent television movies, "To Be Fat Like Me" and "The Pregnancy Project. Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. Barri Flowers
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

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 it is, it usually ends, happily-ever-after.
If Annette didn't write she'd like to be a baby whisperer and cuddle and comfort babies. She doesn't want to tell parents how to raise their child, she just wants to whisper to the baby and have them whisper back.
Annette's latest short story Many Tongues received honorable mention in adult fiction and will be published in the next edition of Voices in June, 2013. In 2013,she completed three non-fiction articles for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild freelance magazine about the craft of writing romance.
She is presently writing her third novel.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category


ARRAY(0xace3d780)