Being Committed: A Novel by Anna Maxted

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 while she is simply twenty, Hannah is confident you need to be from your brain (or determined) to tie the knot. And lifestyles with no husband at thirty-one is simply wonderful, thanks a great deal. 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 any such misplaced cause). Then, on a romantic weekend retreat to a faux-ancient fortress, Jason proposes marriage, leaving Hannah with out selection however the visible: 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 a fantastic courting as her family members claims? Jason is of the same opinion to offer her one other likelihood -- yet provided that she meets his phrases, between them a promise to airborne dirt and dust off the various skeletons in her closet.

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

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And if she didn’t, I admire that also. Peter hadn’t said, “If you take it, I expect sex,” so I say fair enough. If you can’t say what you mean, don’t be surprised if people don’t do what you want. ” He did, however, bug her kitchen. Greg had made an exception for Peter. ” If the response to both these inquiries is no, he replies, “Dump them. You haven’t got a relationship. ” But Peter was prepared to spend any amount of money and Greg had four boys to put through private school. Peter therefore had not brought out the best in Greg, who was reluctant to be reminded of this and had thus assigned all dealings with Peter to me.

This was after I tripped over a garish push-along trolley in the hall. ” In Jack’s parents’ house, he didn’t have a presence. He was twenty, but there was nothing to indicate he had ever lived here. Jack’s mother didn’t offer us a cup of tea or a biscuit. I couldn’t imagine Jack running around as a sevenyear-old playing cowboys and Indians with his older sister, Margaret. ) I couldn’t imagine him stamping the mud off his Wellington boots in the pristine kitchen with its ugly cork matting. Cork matting was surely in fashion about a hundred years ago, but this floor looked like new.

Then I saw the price tag. Two thousand pounds. My father didn’t blink. Anyway, Martine was about to get to this bit when her dad interrupted. He said, “So how much does a wedding dress cost these days? ” Martine found this amusing. Truth was, at that point, I thought a wedding dress cost a hundred pounds. If you believe in wiffle-waffle, there were bad signs. I was having my hair fiddled with at some salon, five hours before I trotted down the aisle. ” Jack had got wrecked the night before and looked like death.

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