Being Committed by Anna Maxted
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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 justtwenty, Hannah is convinced you have to be out of yourmind (or desperate) to tie the knot. And life without ahusband 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 fiveyears, Jason; and a wonderful relationship with her dad(it's a shame her mother is such a lost cause). Then, ona romantic weekend retreat to a faux-ancient castle,Jason proposes marriage, leaving Hannah with nochoice but the obvious: to turn him down cold.

Much to her horror, four weeks later, Jason becomesengaged to his next-door neighbor, a fine bakerand "proficient seamstress." Has Hannah blown herlast chance at a solid relationship as her familyclaims? Jason agrees to give her another chance -- butonly if she meets his terms, among them a promise todust off the many skeletons in her closet.

Brimming with her characteristic blend of humorand heartache, Anna Maxted's Being Committed is a perceptivelook at intimacy (and its substitutes), commitmentphobia, and the power others have over us.


About Anna Maxted

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Author Anna Maxted was born in 1969. She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English and started working as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle. Later on, she became a freelance writer for the Sunday Mirror, the Daily Mirror, Independent on Sunday, FHM, Cosmopolitan, and numerous other publications. After her father died of a stroke, she wrote a piece about her grief which attracted interest from the book publishing industry. Her first novel, Getting over It, was published in 2000. She has also written two self-help books on sex and seduction. She currently lives in London, England with her family.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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At the start of the novel, Jason, Hannah's adorable boyfriend of five years—he's "enthusiastic, without cynicism, like a new puppy," the polar opposite of Hannah—pops the question and Hannah turns him down, only to realize that she wants him after all.

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These prickly characteristics may make some readers unsympathetic to Hannah and her problems.Maxted offers Hannah a wake-up call by introducing a romantic crisis that forces Hannah to see her family, and herself, in a whole new light.

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