An invitation to her 25th college reunion arrives in the
mail, and Ada Howard has mixed emotions about attending. The
reunion letter is signed by Matt Mason, Ada's first love.
She hasn't seen him in over 20 years. She thinks she's
happily married to her preacher husband, Lucius, but just
seeing Matt's name on the invitation excites Ada. Then she
thinks about the 100 pounds she has gained since she last
As Ada allows herself to daydream about seeing Matt again,
she considers her marriage to Lucius. Is she really happy?
She sure feels lonely, and the spark in her marriage seems
to have burned out. Lucius spends most of his time at the
church, doing for the people of the church. They haven't
made love in almost a year. Will Ada cheat on her marriage
In this flurry of thoughts, Ada decides to embark on a
"healthing" campaign. She is determined to lose 100 pounds
before the reunion, which is in one year. As Ada begins her
weight loss program, she begins to make rules -- 52 rules to
be exact. Not only does Ada just begin losing weight, she
looks at her body on the inside and the outside. She looks
at her marriage too and decides it needs a makeover as well.
She's determined to find out why Lucius is ignoring her. She
has grown suspicious of his activities lately. Is he having
an affair with another woman?
ADA'S RULES is a delightful and thought-provoking story
about becoming healthier, physically, mentally and
emotionally. You'll love Ada's rules for primping your body
and looking good for your man. This novel gives some good
insight into the African-American culture, and it's a great
southern experience. Each chapter covers one of Ada's rules
in detail and all are filled with Ada's reasoning for making
the rules. Whether you're currently dieting, always dieting
or not dieting at all, ADA'S RULES is a good read. Enjoy!
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 on the way
to less weight and more love.
Ada’s Rules will hit a nerve in our overweight and weight-
obsessed world. An inspiring role model, Ada is also a
relatable everywoman: smart, sassy, soulful, and
unforgettable. Her hard-earned rules are about changing a
body and a life—and also about falling back in love with the
life you have.