Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ada's Rules by Alice Randall

About the Book

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 where she works, two grown daughters, and two ailing parents. It’s no wonder she can’t find time to take care of herself. And her husband’s been so busy lately she’s suspicious some other woman may be taking care of him . . .

Then it comes: the announcement of her twenty-five-year college reunion in twelve months’ time, signed with a wink by her old flame. Ada gets to thinking about the thrills of young love lost, and the hundred or so pounds gained since her college days, and she decides it’s high time for a health and beauty revival. So she starts laying down some rules. The first rule is: Don’t Keep Doing What You’ve Always Been Doing. And so begins a long journey to a new look and a new perspective—on what she wants, and on what she’s always had.


What woman hasn’t stood before the mirror and jiggled unwanted bits – love handles, or flabby arms – I know I have! I still do!

Ada’s Rules is a book that rolls up the unhappiness of being ‘stuck’ in life with the invigorating feeling of doing something that makes you look and feel good – you know that shopping spree where you buy those shoes you have always wanted, or taken yourself on that long-saved for trip, or lost that 10kgs ... This book is all those moments rolled into approximately 300 pages.

Ada is the wife of a preacher in Nashville; she is overweight and suspects that her husband is having an affair. With two grown daughters, a job at the local crèche and two sick parents – Ada has no time for herself. It’s only when she gets an invite for her twenty-five-year renunion from an old flame that Ada starts putting herself first. She starts writing down rules rule 1: Don’t Keep Doing What You’ve Always Been Doing, all the way to rule 53: Do it for you. 

You can find all Ada’s Rules here

Being on a strict diet myself, Ada’s Rules is the perfect read to ease your waistline into that desired dress size! The only shaking flabby-bits you’ll have will be from laughter and motivation.

So before you hate yourself for your flabby thighs or that chocolate you ate for breakfast, why not pick up this gorgeous read by Alice Randall. Take Ada’s Rules (all 53 of them) to the gym this summer!

About the Author 

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada's Rules. She is a Harvard educated African-American novelist who lives in Nashville and writes country songs. Randall has emerged as an innovative food activist committed to reforms that support healthy bodies and healthy communities.
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