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Woman of Substance by [Bower, Annette]
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Length: 280 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 884 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
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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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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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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 a mile in their shoes. And she needs to understand for her thesis and research project for her masters degree.
What she didn't expect was to meet two men she loved while in her fat disguise. Frank, who was dying of leukemia and his grandson Jake, a professor newly home from Africa. She didn't mean to deceive them, but how is she going to tell them her Robin Smythe persona is not her real self?
The story is set in Saskatchewan. And moves slowly and truly towards the ending. I loved the writing and the atmosphere she set up. A delightful read. P,an to read more of Annette Bowers.
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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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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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