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Separate Beds | [LaVyrle Spencer]

Separate Beds

In Separate Beds, two attractive, headstrong people meet - and fireworks ensue.

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.

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Publisher's Summary

Readers have long flocked to the works of LaVyrle Spencer, one of America's most cherished storytellers. From The Fulfillment to Morning Glory to Then Came Heaven, her touching, emotionally charged novels have examined love in all its forms. In Separate Beds, two attractive, headstrong people meet - and fireworks ensue.

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.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amy United States 10-28-08
    Amy United States 10-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Heartwarming story"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-27-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. Good womens fiction story."

    A bit of a downer. Unlikeable heroine. Ending was happy but should have been better.

    STORY BRIEF:
    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.

    OPINION:
    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.

    NARRATOR:
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcy 12-25-12
    Marcy 12-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, poor reader"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Boulder,CO 11-15-09
    Lee Boulder,CO 11-15-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Good story but...."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-08-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "THIS BOOK WS VERY PLEASANT. I LOVED IT."
    What made the experience of listening to Separate Beds the most enjoyable?

    I LIKED THE STORY. A SIMPLE ONE. BUT WELL TOLD.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Separate Beds?

    THERE WERE LOTS OF MEMORABLE MOMENTS. NOE EARTHSHAKING BUT STILL VERY ENJOYABLE.


    Which character – as performed by Liz Dykhouse – was your favorite?

    CLAY. BUT HE WAS VERY LIKABLE ANYWAY. I LIKED THE FACT WHEN THEY WERE ON THE PHONE IT SOUNDED LIKE A VOICE WOULD ON THE PHONE.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.


    Any additional comments?

    I THINK THIS IS MORE A WOMAN'S BOOK BUT IT WOULD MAKE A REALLY GREAT MOVIE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nanette Panguitch, UT, United States 02-01-13
    Nanette Panguitch, UT, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great read"

    love all of LaVyrle Spencers books This one has a great story end happy ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celine Zoppelt Davie, Florida 08-13-12
    Celine Zoppelt Davie, Florida 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Never a miss with Ms. Spencer"
    Would you listen to Separate Beds again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Separate Beds to and why?

    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.


    What about Liz Dykhouse’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Dykhouse was very consistent with her character portrayals and sensitive in her character insight.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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 additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Racine, WI, United States 09-01-10
    Kim Racine, WI, United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Frustrating!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 02-14-13
    Bonnie 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not realistic and disappointing"

    I was disappointed with this book. I have read other books by LaVyrle Spencer that I really enjoyed, but not this one.

    Some things were not believable. A pregnant woman in real life would not be drinking alcohol of any kind. Not even wine in 2003 when this book was written. Grandparents don't just go away because a couple separate. They make opportunities to see their grandchildren. The facts in this book were just too unrealistic for me.

    I wouldn't recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 12-10-08
    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 12-10-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Sappy"

    If you like a sappy romance that is set in the early 1980's (no cell phones,etc.) then you might enjoy this book. It was a little to unrealistic for me even for the 80's.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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