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Alice Randall
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3 Jan 2013

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 works, two grown daughters, and two ailing, wayward 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 campus flame. It sets Ada 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 to change her body, and her life. So she starts laying down some rules. The first rule is: Don't Keep Doing What You've Always Been Doing. And so begins her unforgettable journey on the way to less weight and more love...

For anyone who has ever found themselves at a crossroads, with one hand in their pocket and the other in the cookie jar, Ada's Rules is a warm, funny and soulfully wise novel about falling back in love with the life you have.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408830949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408830949
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful, warm and funny novel about a woman taking control of her life. Truly inspiring (Katie FForde)

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. I read it in one sitting, mesmerized by Ada's voice and her journey, whilst enveloped in her infinite wisdom and warmth. It was as delicious and satisfying as the ultimate comfort food, only less fattening and more inspiring (Jane Green, author of The Patchwork Marriage)

For sweet, sexy, and strong moms ... deliciously satisfying (Essence)

An endearing read about one woman's decision to finally rake care of herself (InStyle)

It is impossible not to fall in love with the plucky plus-size heroine of bestselling author Randall's fourth outing ... A heartwarming and engaging read (Publishers Weekly)

It's a delight to read about someone so fully human. In Ada Howard, Randall has pulled off the tough trick of creating a truly relatable, deliciously complicated character (BookPage)

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An irresistible story of losing weight without losing your sense of self

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you inspiration to diet 7 Aug 2012
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Bought this after seeing the review in grazia magazine and glad I did. It takes you through a year of Ada's life and each week she has a new rule that helps her to loose a lot of weight and feel great about herself. It is more about getting healthy than dieting per se but it is mainly about making the best of yourself, valuing positive relationshipsa and is inspiring for those who have been putting off changes they ought to make.I think I will re-read it again very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for all middle aged women 7 Nov 2012
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This book is both funny and inspirational. 'Ada' describes all our foibles, behaviours and struggles in a way that makes you want to shout 'Yes, Yes'. Although the story is based on the life of a woman from the US the themes are global. I have lost 3 stone since reading this book - so it works!
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5.0 out of 5 stars chick lit! 31 Aug 2012
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Thouroughly enjoyed this book! Ada takes her self love and weight loss journey to new pastures. A whole lot of new ideas around food thought and how to change lifelong habits. Upon doing so a new respect for herself and from others around her especially her husband take her onto the next phase of her life. Inspirationally written on the hard aspects of life but how putting in that extra effort realy pays off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and inspired me! 16 Feb 2013
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This is a great book if you like chick lit, which I do. For me it was even better because I am trying to lose weight, so the rules that Ada makes for herself to help her on her weight lose journey inspired me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read - especially if you are dieting! 19 Aug 2013
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A friend recommended this, and I bought the ebook. I really enjoyed it - a well told, engaging story, wiht lots of hints and tips on dieting! A good read that I will be recommending to friends.
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