This novel is the story of a fascinating heroine who takes control of her life and loses weight. She not only sheds the pounds but discovers a whole new world by doing so. This is the story of Ada Howard who is the wife of the preacher at Full Love Baptist Tabernacle. Set in Nashville, we see Ada navigate through a world she knows and loves. In addition to being the preacher's wife, Ada is mother to a grown set of twins, caregiver to her ailing parents and runs her own daycare. It's no mystery how she has let caring for herself take the back burner over the years. In addition to her busy schedule, her husband also has a lot on his plate and Ada becomes suspicious and thinks that he might even be cheating with another woman. Just when Ada starts to doubt herself and her ability to be the sexual being she was when she wooed her husband, she receives an invitation to her twenty-fifth college reunion which is only twelve short months away. To make matters worse, Ada's ex-flame will be there and she cannot possibly let him see what a whale she has grown into over the years.
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Ada takes a long look in the mirror and upon discovering she doesn't like what she sees, for once, Ada decides to do something about it. Losing one hundred plus pounds is not easy and Ada decides it's time to lay down rules to reclaim her health and beauty. The first rule is: Don't Keep Doing What You've Always Been Doing which takes the reader on a journey toward a new look and new life for Ada. In the end she must decide if she wants it badly enough.
Best part of story, including ending:
I really loved that the author used a fictional story to help millions of women struggling with their weight and self value. This is an inspirational story, a funny story and an engaging story. Readers can learn so much from this heroine.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Ada and her husband discuss the things that might be coming between their intimacy.
Opinion about the main character:
I loved that Ada was such a loving, nurturing, compassionate figure. Not just in her home but also in her community. She helped so many people which ended up being the reason why she forgot about herself. But in the end when she began her journey to health and self love, she still did not forget those who needed her most.