Separate Beds

Narrated by: Liz Dykhouse
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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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.

©2004 LaVyrle Spencer (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Beautifully Enticing Story

Characters were brought to life so you root for their wins and cry for their losses. Beautiful story and very well read. Highly recommend.

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well written period piece

This was an Audible Escape borrow. I was a big fan of LaVyrle Spencer for many years - since before she retired from writing - and a few of her stories really stuck with me: Family Blessings, The Fulfillment, Bitter Sweet, Morning Glory. Catherine is so difficult for me to care about because she is her own worst enemy. She has taken her suffering from growing up with Herb and Ada and has magnified it 100 fold. She doesn’t even remotely consider her child and its needs in how she interacts with Clay. Yes, this was written before cell phones, internet, aids or testing for stds, but even then there was social awareness of the importance of a father in his child’s life. And there was no addressing Clay’s time with Jill. If this was written now in 2020, I would not support any author writing without more emotional intelligence. Different times and awareness. Nostalgic period piece with a HEA. Dykhouse does a decent job of narration.

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easy listening

I enjoy the writings of LaVyrle Spencer. I read this 30 years ago an I enjoyed this book just as much currently. Good story .

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I have read this book several times over the years

One of my favorite books. I have read it a few times over the years. It is still a book that stays with me.

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A Favorite

One of the best stories ever. love this auther and t Liz did a great jod reading it.

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One of the Best!!!

Bobby is Catherine's cousin and Stu is her beau. They seat Stu's best friend Clay Forrester and Catherine, Bobby's cousin on a blind date. Catherine is the daughter of a mom who shakes in her shoes of her husband, a mean drunk who is very abusive to his family. But, Ads, her mom has a deep dark secret. Clay has a family of extreme love and polish and old wealth. And had a girlfriend Jill who has her own plans. Except, Catherine is carrying Clay's child. And she and her brother, Steve made a vow when they were kids. Her secret. Can an arrangement Catherine and Clay made become a lifelong true deal ? Can all the past finally melt away the pains and secrets? The way true love is meant to be? LaVerle Spencer has written the perfect modern love story. Thank you Ms. Spencer!