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Subject: Books for or about Plus Size Heroines
Date Posted: 3/7/2006 8:24 PM ET
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I really like books where the heroine is plus size. There are several
series that I enjoy where the plus size girl saves the day. Selma
Eichler's plump P.I. Desiree Shapiro I have them all finally!! G.A.
McKevett's Savanah Reed series as well.
Those are a couple examples. I would hear about books you may have on your shelf in this same genre.




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Date Posted: 3/7/2006 8:59 PM ET
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Sorry, I don't have any books with plus size heroines but I do know some authors who do write about them. I haven't read any of these yet so I don't know how good they are:

 

Jennifer Weiner (Romances)

Little Earthquakes      In Her Shoes      Good in Bed      Goodnight Nobody

Lynn Murray (Josephine Fuller Mysteries)

Pat Ballard (Romances)

Date Posted: 3/7/2006 9:25 PM ET
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Here are books that have a lead female charactors  that are  full figured . And yes I am :)

"Then Comes Marriage"
Author:
Christie Ridgway

"Leaving Winter"
Author:
Kathleen A Quinn

The Legacy Tree"
Author:
Rida Allen

These are romances.





 



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Date Posted: 3/8/2006 12:07 AM ET
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I'm reading through the Savannah Reid series currently - LOVE her!  I did get a little frustrated, though when they named her size and it's two sizes SMALLER than mine currently.  Promptly went and signed up for the diet challenge over in games.... ;)  I'm going to have to start looking for some of these others....

 

 

Phooey on XXL

Date Posted: 3/8/2006 12:13 AM ET
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And phooey on "one size fits all".  One size fits all my plus-sized @$$!

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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/8/2006 1:04 AM ET
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LOL @ Laurie!  I love that "One Size Fits Most" too - as if we need to be told we are fat!
Date Posted: 3/8/2006 7:08 AM ET
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I think authors/publishers are forgetting about the fuller size woman as a heroine. I don't know the actual percentage---but isn't more women size 14 and larger? I think that well written books with this type of heroine would fy off the shelves. I love romances---but darn if I don't get tired of having the heroines a perfect size 5 ---and in their twenties too for that matter. What??????   You would think that if you were 45, 50 or 60  and a size 16 there would be no hope for you to have any one see your worth  let alone find someone attracted to you.  Well, I say it ain't so!  It happens in real life---why not more in fiction?

Oh, I guess they want to continue writing more "realistic" romances like the one I just read. The heroine was penniless and pregnant and driving through town with her two other small children and goes into labor and the doctor just falls in love with her......why yes, I suppose that happens all the time?????  NOT!!!!!! 

Grrrr..........

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Jennifer Weiner's heroines are usually plus sized.  "Jemima J" by Jane Green is (I believe, it's in my TBR pile still) about a plus sized heroine.  That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Date Posted: 3/8/2006 10:03 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions! :)
Date Posted: 3/8/2006 1:16 PM ET
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Thanks for posting & replying to this thread......I've added a few to my wishlist!!!!!

Go Plus Size Girls!!!!

Date Posted: 3/8/2006 1:24 PM ET
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I almost forgot! Here is a link I use to find "curvy novels"  http://www.curvynovels.info/

Hope you guys find some good stuff there as well.  

Date Posted: 3/8/2006 1:38 PM ET
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Goldy in Diane Mott Davidson's series isn't small either.  While it never comes out and says her size (I don't think so, anyways...), she loves to eat, drink coffee, bake, and grumble about skinny people.  I love her.  ;)

 

Phooey on loving my short fat self  :)

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Thanks, Bernie for the link to those "curvy novels".   I found some titles I want to read.
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Lori Foster's Too Much Temptation is my favorite.   (OK It is my favorite book altogether) It is a racy romance.

 

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Jennifer, I have that in my tbr pile. *lol*

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And who can forget Lula of the Stephanie Plum Novels......I sure hope she finds a man in book 12 of the series :D
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Lula! The best charactor in that series. Her shining moments were in Book 9 in the Plum series. She is full figured, proud and in your face. I love how her charactor is written. 

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Date Posted: 3/8/2006 9:05 PM ET
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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has a plus sized (and right proud of it) heroine. 

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Kayote, I totally forgot about her. Thanks for bringing that up!
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Here is a link I just found with Sleuths of Size, a nice way of saying chubby bunny.
http://www.maadwomen.com/lynnemurray/essays/sleuthsizelist.html

Date Posted: 3/16/2006 7:23 PM ET
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Jennifer, Too much Temptation is my all time favorite too, her new book Jude's Law hints at the heroine being a plus size also.

Bernie, start it fast you won't be able to put it down. It is sizzling from page one.  Brother Bens book Never Too Much was not quite as good, but I'm a sucker for series

Date Posted: 3/17/2006 12:55 AM ET
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I would like to submit "Wishes" by Jude Deveraux

Its a historical romance with a plus size heroine. I have read and loved many a historical romance novels in my day, but this is the first one where the heroine is not a perfect size 6. I experiend a whole range on emotions reading this book, its a heart-warming, funny, quick read and myself and my plus-sized friends loved it.

Date Posted: 3/17/2006 9:25 AM ET
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I went to my favorite romance site when I remembered they do theme lists. This list plus size heroines in a romance. I f I repeated anyone's input for an author or a story I apologize.

Romance/Chick Lit

 

Anthology

  • ROCHELLE ALERS, DONNA HILL, BRENDA JACKSON && FRANCIS RAY
    Living Large ('03)
    SIGNET
  • DONNA HILL, BRENDA JACKSON, MONICA JACKSON & FRANCIS RAY
    A Whole Lotta Love ('04)
    SIGNET

 

Mystery

  • SELMA EICHLER
    Desiree Shapiro mysteries
    SIGNET
  • A.A. FAIR (ERLE STANLEY GARDNER)
    Cool & Lam series
    *Coming in October '04:
    Top of the Heap,
    reprinted by Hard Case Crime, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing
  • SUE ANN JAFFARIAN
    Odelia Grey series
    MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE PRESS; WRITERS CLUB PRESS
  • G. A. MCKEVET
    Savannah Reid series
    KENSINGTON
  • LYNNE MURRAY
    Josephine Fuller series
    ORLOFF PRESS; ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR

 

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Date Posted: 3/17/2006 9:33 AM ET
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OMG! Madeline! I was reading through this post and thinking,"Why hasn't anyone mentioned Wishes!?" I love, love Jude Deveraux and Wishes is one of my all time faves! I love the way Jace thought Nellie was the most beautiful woman and how he was raised. It's a great book for plus-sized women everywhere!!!

Viva la gordita!

Date Posted: 3/17/2006 10:13 AM ET
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Now more things go to wishlist! *lol* Thank you for posting that huge list Diane! Thank you Madeline for posting about Wishes, I was not aware of that one either!!
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