Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in someone else’s body, to experience the world the way they do?
Fiction offers that chance, and in my novel, Woman of Substance, the main character Robbie Smith goes one step further and dons a fat suit to discover first-hand how heavy women are treated by society.
Robbie’s research raises risky issues for her thesis advisor, and more complications ensue when Robbie starts to fall for Jake, the new colleague who knows her both as a slim work acquaintance, and as his grandfather’s overweight and potentially suspect friend.
Robbie and Jake need to learn to trust, to see beneath the surface, to realize appearances may not, in fact, be real. But can they get beyond their fears and suspicions, to accept their friendship and let it develop into love?
Like my first book, Moving On, A Prairie Romance, Woman of Substance, is set in Saskatchewan. (Moving On, at Regina Beach; Woman in Regina.)
Woman of Substance also features realistic characters you might meet any day at the supermarket, cinema or dog park—prairie people just like you and me, struggling with loss and acceptance, celebrating love.
It explores similar serious subjects, too: trust, identity, self-esteem, physical appearance, illusion and self-deception.
And Woman of Substance, like Moving On, is published in electronic format for e-readers such as Kobo or Kindle or the appropriate app on your tablets. As a writer, I am excited about this, because it makes my work instantly accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and e-reading device. I love its immediacy: You hear about a book or are enticed by its cover, and minutes later, you’re reading it!
So it’s time to close the covers on 50 shades, open the blinds and use your imagination about friendship leading to love right here in our own back yard. Robbie and Jake are our neighbours; the issues they face are our dilemmas; their dreams are a prairie reflection of love.
Download today. Save paper, save a writer, buy a book.
Annette Bower lives in Regina. For more about Woman of Substance, and links to purchase, visit www.annettebower.com
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