- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 ›
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.
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.
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 6 months 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 10 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 10 months ago by Abrielle Sarah Fuerst
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 on May 31, 2014 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