Tuesday, February 26, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: 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?

With a fascinating look at falling in love with the inner person, instead of just the outside, Ms. Bower has penned a touching and powerful romance with Woman of Substance.

In some ways I dislike pigeon-holing this as a romance, because it is so much more. This story also features strong friendships between women, between peers and between an elderly man, and a young woman as well as spotlighting the importance of family. Its depth is its strength, as the author could have made this a much shallower tale, but opted to create a book full of three dimensional characters who ran a gamut of emotions during this tale. It's insightful, and really helps the reader walk a mile in another persons shoes (just as our heroine does). The romance is believable and sweet, the villain annoying and realistic, and the conflict was just right.

If you're looking for a book with character, one that will leave your heart sighing as you turn the final page, I recommend Woman of Substance. Annette Bower is a talented author, and I'll be on the lookout for more stories from her.

About the Author: Annette Bower writes about women in family and women in love and women’s quest for love. Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States and in the United Kingdom.

Her first sweet contemporary romance Moving On, A Prairie Romance is e-published by XoXo Publishing™. Her second novel which is a blend of sweet romance and women’s fiction, Woman of Substance is e-published by Soul Mate Publishing.

Annette Bower lives and writes stories from a high rise where she can see the immediate hustle and bustle of downtown Regina and experience the changes in the grain fields throughout the Saskatchewan seasons.

Find Annette online at

Website: www.AnnetteBower.com
Blog: www.annettebower.com/blog
Twitter: @bowerannette
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/arezhhm
Author of Moving On A Prairie Romance with Amazon
Christmas Wishes with XoXo Publishers with Amazon

36 comments:

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Annette said...

Good morning Judy,
Thank you for reviewing Woman of Substance. I appreciate your insight into Robbie and Jake's character. I enjoyed spending time in their world.
Yours truly,
Annette

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MomJane said...

What a fascinating story line. I would really love to read this book.

Annette said...

Good morning MomJane,
Thank you for stopping in at My World of Dreams. I hope you do have the opportunity to join Robbie and Jake in their discovering of each other and the world around them.
Yours truly,
Annette

Lena said...

Great review, thank you for sharing!

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Ingeborg said...

I like the subject matter of the book, it's very interesting.

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Shannon R said...

Thanks for the great review. It really sounds like a well developed story

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Deanne Wilsted said...

Hi Annette...
It is clear this reviewer has done a very thorough review of your book. I know it is difficult, when a book crosses genres. But when it is done well, as yours clearly is, I think it adds wonderful depth to the story and characters. Bravo on creating a book truly worth reading.

Elizabeth Lang said...

That sounds like a beautiful story with lots of character depth. I'm starting on it.

Annette said...

Dear Lena,
Thank you for your appreciation of Judy's review on Welcome to my World of Dreams. The book reviewer spends time reading the novel and then writing a thoughtful response. It is wonderful when readers drop in and appreciate the time and effort the reviewer expended on the readers'and author's behalf. There are so many choices out there, that we all need a little help making decisions on what to read next.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Ingeborg,
Body image is an important aspect of everyone's life. I want to say to only those who have the time and effort to think about it rather than just striving to live. However, I heard an interview with a woman who lives on the street talk about how important clean socks are because she doesn't like to have smelly feet. She felt that smelly feet brought about another whole dimension of judgement.
Wouldn't it be great to be accepted rather than judged?
Thank you for stopping in at Welcome to My World of Dreams.
Yours truly,
Annette


Annette said...

Dear Shannon R,
Thank you for commenting on the development of Woman of Substance. My editor helped me grow the story by approximately 20,000 words over additional rewrites. These are some of the words that added depth to the secondary characters, Robbie's support group of women.
Thank you for stopping by Welcome to My World of Dreams.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Deanne Wilsted,
Thank you for stopping in and reading about Woman of Substance and Judy's review. I read a blog post that authors should write the story that they want to tell. I did and Soul Mate Publishing took the chance even though it crossed genres.
Judy of Welcome to My World of Dreams recognized the layers to the story and characters. I'm pleased that she shared her insights with readers.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for reading Woman of Substance and thank you for telling me. You give a gift to both the author and reviewer when you tell us that a review has tipped you to take a chance on a book.
Yours truly,
Annette

Lyra L7 said...

This sounds fantastic, I'm going to put it on my tbr list!

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Chelsea B. said...

Leave your heart sighing... How lovely! I am so very much looking forward to this terrific sounding novel!

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Annette said...

Dear Lyra L7,
Thank you for reading Judy's review of Woman of Substance. I'm happy that Judy's insights have helped you decide to put Woman of Substance on your TBR list.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Chelsea B,

Thank you for appreciating Judy's comment "leave your heart sighing". It is a lovely sentiment and as the author my heart grows just knowing a reader has connected with Robbie and Jake's story.
Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Yours truly,
Annette

Catherine Lee said...

What a great review. I'm looking forward to reading Jake & Robbie's story.
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Mary Preston said...

"A book with character" - what a fabulous way to phrase it.

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Andra Lyn said...

I love your review! You make the book sound like a lovely read! Thanks for sharing!

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Annette said...

Dear Catherine Lee,
Thank you for stopping in at Welcome to My World of Dreams. I agree that Judy has created a great review. I hope you do have an opportunity to spend time with Robbie/Robin, Jake and Frank.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Hello bn100,

Thank you for stopping in at Welcome to My World of Dreams and commenting on Judy's review of Woman of Substance.

Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Hello Mary Preston,

Thank you Mary for stopping over and reading Judy's review on Welcome to My World of Dreams.
Judy does share many wonderful insights into Woman of Substance.
Thank you for commenting.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Andra Lyn,
Thank you for complimenting Judy's insights on Woman of Substance.
I appreciate the efforts that she took in reading and reviewing my book.
Yours truly,
Annette

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Teena in Toronto said...

It was an interesting idea for a story.

Annette said...

Dear Anonymous,
You are right it is the little things that count. Thank you for stopping in and reading Judy's review.
Yours truly,
Annette

Annette said...

Dear Teena in Toronto,
Thank you for sharing that you found Woman of Substance interesting. As an author I appreciate readers sharing their experience.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in and reading Judy's review on Welcome to my World of Dreams.
Yours truly,
Annette

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