Woman of Substance

Woman of Substance

by Annette Bower


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"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

ISBN-13: 9781619352254
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Woman of Substance 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
StacyThompson More than 1 year ago
Woman of Substance is the epitome of a good story told well. The heroine's conflict is multifaceted. The man she falls in love with is just too yummy for words. And in her visits to an elderly man, a story is told within the story. Masterfully layered. Easy visions created in the readers mind. I laughed out loud. I caught my breath. I blushed. And when the elderly man died, a little piece of him stayed in my heart. Touching. Funny. Breathtaking. Sexy. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
AbrielleSarahFuerst More than 1 year ago
Robbie Smith is a caring, headstrong grad student who believes that, to understand someone, she would literally walk a mile in their shoes. To defend her graduate thesis, Robbie procures a fat suit—and an alternate identity. She becomes Robin Smyth, an equally charismatic—though substantially heavier—woman who endeavors to experience her familiar world through the eyes of a heavy woman. But what starts as an experiment becomes a test of morality as Robbie’s two worlds begin to coincide. The appearance of a charming Professor Jake Proctor—and his dying grandfather—force Robbie to choose between betraying her research—and everything she’s worked so hard for—or deceiving two people who have come to mean so much to her. Woman of Substance is a compelling, value-oriented story about friendship, love, and of holding on to the things that matter most.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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. Robbie is terrified that at some point Jake is going to figure out what she’s up to. Jake seems to become very comfortable with Robin, but not so comfortable with Robbie. It appears that Robin with her size and her caring nature reminds Jake of his Grandmother. Jake accidently discovers that Robbie is actually Robin and that she put on a fat suit for the purpose of her thesis, on the same day his Grandfather passes away. This discovery makes Jake question just who Robbie/Robin really is and if everything about her was just part of her act. Jake has to come to terms with his past and be willing to look inside himself. Woman of Substance is categorized as being a woman’s fiction/sweet romance book. For me, Woman of Substance is simply about realizing that it isn’t what a person looks like on the outside. It’s about realizing that the true heart, soul, spirit and beauty of a person is what’s on the inside. Source: Blog Tour Host Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
Woman of Substance is a love story that takes the premise of walking in another’s shoes to a whole new level. Annette Bower does an excellent job of crafting a creative storyline filled with humor, compassion, and love. She takes a sensitive subject that plagues many women and transforms it with taste and style into an entertaining love story that will have you rooting for the protagonists’ happily ever after.    As you follow Robbie’s journey in supporting her thesis, you find yourself commiserating with her as she tries to determine her course of action in resolving her dilemma with Jake. The ups and downs will keep you glued to the pages as you eagerly read to the end. The characters are well-drawn and engaging, and the writing flowed smoothly. Even though the story included an element of sadness as it dealt with the death of a loved one, it was handled with finesse and grace and did not impede the romance of the story.    I found this love story to be a thoroughly enjoyable read that held my attention from beginning to end, and one that you definitely don’t want to miss.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish. Janna Shay Author of Fair Play
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
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. While no longer a child, Jake is forced to remember his embarrassment over his grandmother's weight and realizes how much more important "Robin's" friendship for his grandfather means. Finding himself attracted to her is completely unexpected. The scenes between Robbie, Jake and his grandfather Frank are well written and really drew me into the story. As Jake and Frank get to know "Robin", the young overweight woman, they find themselves going down memory lane and remembering the best times they had as a family and how much they miss Frank's wife and Jake's grandmother. While "Robin" knows it's not honest to include them in her research, she doesn't want to risk hurting Frank's feelings by telling him the truth, or ruining her growing friendship with Jake. Ms. Bower did a great job with both Jake and Robbie's emotional growth. As Jake is forced to look back on his life, due to the short amount of time he has left with his grandfather, he realizes how much time he's spent away from family, how he let his fear of peer pressure dictate how he related to his grandmother, and how much he wants a family of his own. Meanwhile, Robbie realizes how difficult it is to live in a society where being obese is considered to be the result of a woman who either can't control her appetites, is too lazy to exercise, or just doesn't care. She also sees how it impacts a woman's choices when it comes to love. Will Robbie be able to tell Jake and Frank about her unintentional deception? Will Jake realize he's just as in love with Robbie as he is with Robin? You'll have to read Woman of Substance to find out. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thought-provoking contemporary romance that reminds me a lot of recent television movies, "To Be Fat Like Me" and "The Pregnancy Project." Recommended for romance readers and anyone who wonders what it might be like to walk in someone else's shoes and find the experience both educational and worthwhile.