Being Committed

Being Committed

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sometimes it isn't snaring a man that's the problem but keeping him. In this deliciously snarky fourth novel, bestselling Maxted (Getting Over It; Running in Heels; etc.) introduces readers to Hannah Lovekin, a 30-year-old London private investigator with commitment issues and a breezy lack of sensitivity and feminine graces. 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. Jason agrees to give Hannah another chance if she promises to resolve her intimacy issues, visit a therapist and make amends with Jack, her ex-husband, who's now a successful theater agent. Reluctantly embarking on the path to enlightenment ("I've been married before. When I was twenty. For five months. I'm a raddled old divorcee consumed with bitterness and regret. Is that relevant?"), Hannah is forced to realize why her marriage with Jack crumbled, as well as face the family secrets she shelved away as a little girl. Maxted tosses barbs like a champion darts player, and she paints a scathingly hilarious picture of her misguided but appealingly frank heroine. Witty, sarcastic, self-deprecating and clever, this is platinum-class chick lit. Agent, Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider . (Aug.) Forecast: Maxted doesn't need an early summer release date to get books moving-expect this to hit bestseller lists as well as beach towels. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When 31-year-old Hannah turns down her longtime boyfriend Jason's marriage proposal, she is stunned by his dismay after all, he's the one "who'd blown [their] future by asking such a stupid question." Readers of chick lit may find it difficult to warm to Maxted's (Running in Heels) heroine, who might charitably be called difficult, but one must admit that she has a point when, accused by her would-be fianc of having no empathy, she asks why, then, he would want to marry her. One month later, Jason is engaged to Lucy, and Hannah wants him back. He has conditions the most important being that Hannah come to terms with her ex-husband, Jack. Jason blames the failure of this brief, youthful marriage on Hannah's inability to commit. As soon as we meet Jack, we know that Jason is wrong; the rude and abrasive Jack is perfect for Hannah, and the story really starts moving along when he is introduced. Readers of the genre will enjoy this entertaining, if predictable, novel by one of the more sophisticated chick-lit authors. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Cosmopolitan
"[A] quirky, romantic comedy."
US Weekly
"[A] lively, romantic romp."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061850233
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
9,934
File size:
1 MB

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