Pleasingly Plump Heroines in Fiction

  • Pleasingly Plump Heroines in Fiction

Mystery, Romance, Chick Lit.  Whatever genre these novels fall under, they all have one thing in common… plus size (pleasingly plump) heroines.

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

Joyce Magnin

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the story of an unusual woman, Agnes Sparrow. No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda, Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do—beside

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A Diet to Die For

Sarah Steding

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

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Hungry for Happiness

James Villas

In his beguiling and powerful new novel, the award-winning author of Dancing in the Lowcountry serves up a story of friendship, Southern food, dreams, and determination. Loretta Crawford grew up in a family where lives are small and appetites are big

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Charlie Glass's Slippers

Holly McQueen

In this delightful, clever spin on Cinderella, Charlie Glass—a heroine as loveable as Cannie Shapiro and Bridget Jones—inherits her father’s shoe empire and snatches up a drop-dead-gorgeous, multi-millionaire Prince Charming. But is he truly th

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Every Inch of Her

Peter Sheridan

The sisters at the Good Shepherd Convent in Dublin’s North Wall don’t quite know what to make of their newest refugee. Philo announces herself at their door one Sunday evening with the words, “God pointed me here.” A large presence, weighing

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Size Matters

Alison Bliss

The rules of (fake) engagement . . . Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. B

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Rachel Van Dyken

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown. Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even thoug

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On the Plus Side

Alison Bliss

Big girls don't cry. They go after what they want. Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affec

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Sweet Haven

Shirlee McCoy

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, mak

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Large Target

Lynne Murray

While in San Diego, plus-sized P.I. Jo Fuller does a favor for the worried and way too fashionably thin Sally Rhymer by looking into her daughter Amy's involvement with some do-gooders. Jo, as sassy as she is statuesque, becomes the life of the

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More to Love

Alison Bliss

This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off! Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll have enoug

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Ada's Rules

Alice Randall

Ada Howard, the wife of the preacher at Nashville's Full Love Baptist Tabernacle, has a whole lot of people to take care of. There's her husband, of course, and the flock that comes with him, plus the kids at the day care centre where she w

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Some Girls Do

Leanne Banks

Katie Collins, a tycoon's personal assistant, is assigned to find a suitable husband for his too-shy daughter. But in an unexpected turn, sparks soon fly between Katie and the tycoon's bodyguard--much to Katie's dismay. Original.

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The Next Big Thing

Johanna Edwards

In this funny, poignant debut, a plus-size heroine becomes a reality TV show contestant and discovers she's already beautiful enough to be the next big thing. Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality

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Too Big to Miss

Sue Ann Jaffarian

Too big to miss--that's Odelia Grey. A never-married, middle-aged, plus-sized woman who makes no excuses for her weight, she's not super woman just a mere mortal standing on the precipice of menopause, trying to cruise in an ill-fitting bra

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How To Cook A Tart

Nina Killham

Cookbook author Jasmine March's life is like a perfectly prepared béchamel-rich, satisfying, and drenched in butter. But even a great béchamel curdles sometimes. Her husband, Daniel, has taken up with one of his Zone-dieting drama students; Ca

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Bikini Season

Sheila Roberts

Erin Merritt has returned to her scenic hometown of Heart Lake to plan her wedding, but when she repeatedly runs into her childhood crush, she wonders if she's engaged to the wrong man. To make matters worse, all the stress is making her eat, an

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Making it Big

Lyndsay Russell

Sad, lonely Sharon Plunkett is a plus-size girl with low self-esteem. She's tried every fad, every diet and every cream, but like stains of grease on a pure silk blouse, her rolls of fat refuse to budge. The man of her dreams isn't interest

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Real Vampires Don't Diet

Gerry Bartlett

Left alone to spend New Year's Eve by herself when her undead boyfriend, Jeremy Blade, heads out to rescue his supposed daughter from the clutches of dangerous radicals, full-figured vampire Gloriana St. Claire finds her solitary evening interru

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Waking Beauty

Elyse Friedman

What would you do if you went to bed ugly, fat, and depressed and woke up the next morning in the body of a goddess? This is exactly the miracle that befalls Allison Penny, who has spent most of her twenty-two years on this earth in a serious slump (

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The Thin Woman

Dorothy Cannell

In the delectable debut that earned her instant acclaim, award-winning author Dorothy Cannell serves up a murder mystery to be savored. . . Ellie Simons longs to be thin—and married. But with her single-minded passion for éclairs and clotted cream

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Bitter Sweets

G. A. McKevett

A Savannah Reid mystery.

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Sarai Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"—equal partsBridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club

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Fat Chance

Deborah Blumenthal

Plus-size Maggie O'Leary is America's Anti-Diet Sweetheart. Her informed column about the pitfalls of dieting is the one sane voice crying out against the dietocracy. She is perfectly happy with who she is and the life she leads. Until she

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Randy Susan Meyers

In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers. Alice and Daphne, both su

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All of Me

Venise T. Berry

After suffering from a breakdown, an African-American woman begins to rebuild her life and learns to love herself for the first time in the process. Reprint.

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Big Girl Panties

Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her

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Good Luck with That

Kristan Higgins

One of Purewow's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018 New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is beloved for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and wisdom. Now, she tackles an issue every woman deals with: body image and self-acceptance

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The WWW Club

Anita Notaro

Life in general is getting in the way of Pam, Maggie, Ellie and Toni losing weight. And the men aren't helping either. There's an ex-husband who suddenly wants his children; a rich, powerful playboy who has everything, including a wife at h

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Big Girl

Danielle Steel

In this heartfelt, incisive novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family. A chubby little girl with ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has alwa

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Losing It

Lindsay Faith Rech

Diana has spent two decades building a bulky barrier to protect herself from the world. And while her mother's talks act as motivation for Diana to become the sexy siren she was born to be, losing weight is the only way she can truly free hersel

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Demon Hunting in the Deep South

Lexi George

Demon-slayers, evil forces, and an uber-bitchy ghost. . . Hotter Than A Demon In Panties Evie Douglass doesn't know what's worse--the demons secretly infesting her small Alabama hometown. . .or human belle-from-hell Meredith Starr Peterson,

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Dying to Be Thin

Kathryn Lilley

Welcome to Durham, North Carolina, the diet capital of the world. Plus-sized TV producer Kate Gallagher has been told she has the “face” for TV—it’s the body she needs to work on. So, when she gets dumped by her boyfriend and laid off from he

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Down and Out in Bugtussle

Stephanie McAfee

Returning home to Bugtussle, Mississippi, to recover from heartbreak, Graciela, while working as a substitute teacher and constantly being set up on blind dates, must get to the bottom of a mystery involving her late grandmother.

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150 Pounds

Kate Rockland

A smartly-written novel by author, Kate Rockland, of two women starting at opposite ends of the scale--and finding compromise and friendship in their journey towards 150 pounds In the fast paced life of blogging, two women stand out: Alexis Allbright

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Happily Ever Madder

Stephanie McAfee

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl’s plus-sized spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones returns in a hilarious new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee. Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos

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These Boots Weren't Made for Walking

Melody Carlson

Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell “invests” in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a

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The Corset Diaries

Katie Macalister

“Reality TV has never been more entertaining than here as the wickedly funny MacAlister has her heroine record her hilarious experiences with a quirky cast of characters and her passionate encounters with Max in a laughter-laced diary that is a sau

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The Perfect Wife

Lynsay Sands

“You can’t help but fall in love with Lynsay Sands!” —Christina Dodd A most-willing beauty wants to be The Perfect Wife—with everything that entails—to her brave and handsome new groom, but an outrageous series of mishaps seems to get in

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The Courtship

Catherine Coulter

The stunning Regency-era romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Characters from two of Coulter’s most beloved novels in the Sherbrooke Bride series find each other in The Courtship. Helen Mayberry of Mad Jack has one p

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Jemima J.

Jane Green

From the NO. 1 bestselling author of Life Swap and Mr Maybe comes a novel exploring ugly ducklings, swans and the meaning of true love with brilliant humour and honesty. 'Compulsively readable' Sunday Times __________ Jemima Jones is overwe

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Conversations with the Fat Girl

Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer will have readers cheering as she explores friendship, true love, and self-acceptance in this "engaging and poignant" (Jennifer Weiner) novel. Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At 27, she's sti

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The Wife's Tale

Lori Lansens

On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy--still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school--to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Throug

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Dangerous Curves Ahead

Sugar Jamison

DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD Sugar Jamison Ellis Garrett is dumping her critical boyfriend, opening a plus-size clothing store, and starting a blog—all to spread the word that fashion shouldn't require a size-two body, and happiness should allow for

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Big Girls Don't Cry

Cathie Linz

After an unsuccessful stint as a plus-size model, curvaceous beauty Leena Riley returns home to Rock Creek, where she works as a receptionist for veterinarian Cole Flannigan, who, back in high school, had made fun of her, but now sees her in a whole

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Bet Me

Jennifer Crusie

Unlikely lovers Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey agree not to pursue a relationship after one date, but they are thrown together again as they deal with a jealous ex-boyfriend, a determined psychologist, and a bizarrely intelligent cat.

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He Loves Lucy

Susan Donovan

Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the han

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Jude's Law

Lori Foster

“Smart, sexy, engaging characters. The pages sizzle!” —Christine Feehan When it comes to love, he plays to win There’s only so much frustration a guy can handle before he gets a little nutty. For Jude Jamison, his frustration has a name—May

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Good In Bed

Jennifer Weiner

From the bestselling author of In Her Shoes, All Fall Down and the forthcoming novel Who Do You Love, Good in Bedis a funny and tender story full of heart. Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized reporter was perfectly

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