Adult Anna Maxted Being Committed: A Novel

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Being Committed: A Novel

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9780060096694: Being Committed: A Novel

A hopeless unromantic gets a
crash course in love in the fourth
hilarious novel from bestselling
author Anna Maxted

After her disaster of a marriage ends when she is just twenty, Hannah is convinced you have to be out of your mind (or desperate) to tie the knot. And life without a husband at thirty-one is just fine, thank you very much. She has a steady job working as a private investigator (albeit a mediocre one); a devoted boyfriend of five years, Jason; and a wonderful relationship with her dad (it's a shame her mother is such a lost cause). Then, on a romantic weekend retreat to a faux-ancient castle, Jason proposes marriage, leaving Hannah with no choice but the obvious: to turn him down cold.

Much to her horror, four weeks later, Jason becomes engaged to his next-door neighbor, a fine baker and "proficient seamstress." Has Hannah blown her last chance at a solid relationship as her family claims? Jason agrees to give her another chance -- but only if she meets his terms, among them a promise to dust off the many skeletons in her closet.

Brimming with her characteristic blend of humor and heartache, Anna Maxted's Being Committed is a perceptive look at intimacy (and its substitutes), commitment phobia, and the power others have over us.

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A fabulous new novel from the bestselling author of Behaving Like Adults.

Hannah thinks you have to be absolutely nuts to want to get married. She’s quite content with her life thank you very much -- her job as a private investigator for Hound Dog investigations, Jason, her boyfriend of ten years standing, and her relationship with her wonderful dad (pity her mum is such a disaster). Besides which, she’s tried marriage once but she and Jack ended up divorced before she was 21: it was a bit much to ask a girl to stay faithful when she’s scarcely out of her teens and the world of full of wonderful men.

So when the long-suffering Jason proposes, Hannah doesn’t think twice about turning him down. But would she have said no if she’d known that only a month later Jason would be engaged to someone else? Is she really the emotional retard that Jason thinks she is? Maybe, just maybe, there’s something in his theory that being committed means first coming to terms with your past.

Brimming with the warmth, perception and understanding that characterizes Anna Maxted’s writing, Being Committed mixes heartache with humour and is perhaps her finest novel yet.


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"Maxted is a gifted comic writer who manages to extract humour from even the most unpromising situations."
--The Times

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