cover image Ada’s Rules: 
A Sexy Skinny Novel

Ada’s Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel

Alice Randall. Bloomsbury, $24 (352p) ISBN 978-1-60819-827-6

It is impossible not to fall in love with the plucky plus-size heroine of bestselling author Randall’s fourth outing (after Rebel Yell). When Ada Howard—wife of Lucius “Preach” Howard, the pastor of Nashville’s Full Love Gospel Tabernacle (whom Ada suspects of getting love not just from the Lord, but from another woman)—receives an invitation to her 25th college reunion, she takes the opportunity to reclaim the thin body she once had, in hopes of impressing her college sweetheart. Ada draws up a list of 53 sensible diet rules, and vows to follow every last one. Rule #1: “Don’t Keep Doing What You’ve Always Been Doing.” Randall uses each maxim as a chapter heading, leading readers deeper into Ada’s struggle and self-discovery while she drops the pounds. As Ada learns that any meaningful change must be made for one’s own self, she inspires and energizes those around her. A heartwarming and engaging read, Ada’s story is more than that—readers following Randall’s rules will drop the pounds along with Ada, and perhaps discover something about themselves. Agent: Amy Williams, McCormick & Williams. (May)