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By Anna Maxted

A hopeless unromantic will get a crash direction in love within the fourth hilarious novel from bestselling writer Anna Maxted

After her catastrophe of a wedding ends whilst she is simply twenty, Hannah is confident you should be from your brain (or determined) to tie the knot. And lifestyles with out a husband at thirty-one is simply wonderful, thanks greatly. She has a gradual activity operating as a personal investigator (albeit a mediocre one); a loyal boyfriend of 5 years, Jason; and an excellent dating along with her dad (it's a disgrace her mom is one of these misplaced cause). Then, on a romantic weekend retreat to a faux-ancient fortress, Jason proposes marriage, leaving Hannah with out selection however the seen: to show him down cold.

Much to her horror, 4 weeks later, Jason turns into engaged to his next-door neighbor, a very good baker and ''proficient seamstress.'' Has Hannah blown her final probability at an excellent courting as her relations claims? Jason has the same opinion to offer her one other likelihood -- yet provided that she meets his phrases, between them a promise to dirt off the numerous skeletons in her closet.

Brimming together with her attribute combination of humor and heartache, Anna Maxted's Being Committed is a perceptive examine intimacy (and its substitutes), dedication phobia, and the facility others have over us.

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Jason had dragged me out of my stupor. So, you see, I owed him a lot. Even so. I cannot express how much I did not want to contact Jack. But my father insisted. 9. I could have traced Jack in ten minutes, but Peter rang and I had to deal with him. Peter was a regular client of Hound Dog. His problem was an obsession with a woman who had no interest in him. Katya was young and very pretty, from Bulgaria. She had a boyfriend back home. She’d taken a cleaning job at Peter’s house. Other people give their cleaners five-pound tips; Peter gave his a Mercedes.

I was obsessed with Jack and trying not to be. Even marriage didn’t convince me he loved me; even when he said, “I love you,” I wasn’t convinced. Apart from my stupidity, the trouble — one of the troubles — was that Jack had decided that he no longer wanted to be a lawyer. He was ambitious. He wanted to be a theatrical agent. At first I didn’t believe him. I didn’t want to. I suppose that I feared that any sort of change would take him away from me. I said, “A theatrical agent? ” But he was serious.

Ground almond rapes your mouth of moisture; I had to swallow five times before I could speak. Jack accused me of ignoring him — not my style. I think, in retrospect, he was bewildered by my sudden coldness and, perhaps because of his upbringing, his reflex was to match it. It was a pity it ended how it did. I’d always thought we understood each other. We didn’t. There were huge swaths of each other’s personalities that we’d misread entirely. Well. I hadn’t seen Jack for ten years. Meanwhile, here was Jason offering me a second chance, despite my poor performance in the therapy session.

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