Catherine Anderson and Clay Forrester come from two completely different worlds, but one blind date leaves them forever linked. Clay, a handsome law student, and Catherine, a serious, bookish undergrad, experience an evening they will never forget. Fortified by the beauty of the night, as well as a bottle of wine, they share a night together. A few short months later, Catherine discovers she's pregnant. They agree to a marriage of convenience, an arrangement that suits them both - until they begin to fall in love.
Moving and deeply affecting, Separate Beds is a celebration of the healing power of love.
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This is a bittersweet story that is well narrated and very well written. The characters are real and you can appreciate their faults and understand them. I love flawed but honest characters, and this book is full of them. Good read, impossible to stop listening.
This is a wonderful story and the bonus is that it is unabridged. But the reader is really poor, you can't tell the difference between characters, even male and female is not discernible. Really ruins a perfect love stpry.
This was a good story with good narration but I was distracted by the dated details. Love that brown and silver foil wallpaper, not to mention the brown tuxedo with peach ruffled shirt.
A bit of a downer. Unlikeable heroine. Ending was happy but should have been better.
Catherine’s father was an abusive drunk. Her mother was weak. Clay’s parents were wealthy and loving. Clay and Catherine had a blind date. They saw each other only one night and she got pregnant. For interesting reasons, they agree on a marriage of convenience and to divorce after the baby is born.
Most of the book was not fun. But at the end I thought ok, I can see why she did what she did. She wouldn’t have sex with him unless he truly loved her. But I wanted her to have sex with him because she loved him. I wanted her to be kind and pleasant to him, but she was not. For most of the book she was cold, distant, mean, remote, and stubborn, always saying stay away from me. She never smiled. How could anyone grow to love someone who acted like that - for months. What was missing was seeing them fall in love, seeing a relationship develop. Then all of a sudden someone changes their mind at the end and everyone is happy together. I didn’t see the couple resolve their issues or spend enjoyable time together.
One thing I liked about Catherine. She never wanted money from Clay for herself. She only wanted enough to care for the baby. When he spent lavishly on something, she always resisted saying they didn’t need so much.
I was disappointed with a question that was not answered about someone’s biological father. I was also unhappy that Catherine drank wine several times while pregnant. It was common knowledge in 1985 that pregnant women should avoid alcohol. Catherine wanted the best for her baby so this didn’t fit.
Some reviewers did not like Clay’s actions. I wasn’t bothered. He had flaws, but it made a good story. He also did some neat things.
The narrator Liz Dykhouse was pretty good, but I wish she would have used a more normal voice for Clay. She sounded weird doing his voice - kind of nasal or stressed.
Genre: womens fiction and romance
I read this years ago in paperback and it was a favorite. I got the ebook and audible to see if it was as good as my memory. It was better. It is a coming into her own type of story for the female and it then sparks similar maturing for the male. It really is so very well written. A must read. The narrator did an excellent job and only enhanced the story. I will listen to this one many times. Just excellent.
She is a good writer. I could enjoy a book from her. It would need to describe a love affair , that was demonstrated by acts of caring. And the narrator of this book, was a good choice.
It is unlikely that I will chance another disappointment anytime in the near future.
I have no complaints about the narrator.
I was disappointed. I hoped that she would quickly learn that Clay was a real man and that she could not let her daddy issues destroy that relationship. She should have realized what kind of man she had by the end of chapter one and spent all subsequent chapters showing the development of love based on the commitment of both parties.
The leading lady was abusive and was a ice maiden. There was absolutely nothing to love about her.
fan of the arts
I have read this book twice, and listened to it once already. I will definitely keep it in my library to listen again. LaVyrle has such a gift in portraying the thoughts and emotions that we all struggle with. It is very easy to relate to her characters.
I would compare Separate Beds probably to BitterSweet in that it portrays that with each perfect love, there are also choices to make, and unfortunately, pain for oneself and others.
Ms. Dykhouse was very consistent with her character portrayals and sensitive in her character insight.
I owuld have loved to listen to this in one sitting.....during breaks for other "life activities" I would mull over the story in my head so that I could pick up where I left off.
Any of LaVyrle Spencer's books are definitly worth reading. She captures real life emotions and thoughts as no other contemporary writer. Her books are classics.
All in all this book had the right idea, good story, good characters but the repletion is so frustrating. The main character went a bit overboard with all her trust issues.. I was yelling at my iPod..."I'll marry him!" :-) I gave it three stars because I did like the story and the narrator.
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