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Separate Beds (Spencer, Lavyrle) Hardcover – August 18, 2003

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LaVyrle Spencer is the bestselling author of twenty-two novels.

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Liz Dykhouse's emotional tone brings to life this story of romance between Clay Forrester and Catherine Anderson. Clay, a wealthy law student, and Catherine, a studious undergrad, have one momentous night together when they meet on a blind date. Several months later, Catherine informs Clay that she is pregnant with his child. Catherine's stubborn stoicism in her desire to raise her child alone is revealed through Dykhouse's cautious, defensive tone. Further, Dykhouse's deep, sometimes caustic, voice betrays Clay's confusion concerning his impending fatherhood and the life-changing decisions he faces. Dykhouse's mellifluous vocalization highlights the beauty of this timeless story of the power of love. S.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Spencer, Lavyrle
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (August 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. Morgan on July 23, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Separate Beds is without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. It is a wonderfully written book about two people and how their lives change when their actions on a blind date result in an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy.

Catherine Anderson is a college student who comes from a poor family. Her father is an abusive alcoholic and her mother is a frail creature who doesn't stand up for herself. Catherine's life is a struggle and she isn't shown any love by her family. Clay Forrester, however, is the guy who has it all--money, great looks, a fast car, a family who loves him and everything he wants at his fingertips. These two are set up on a blind date and when Catherine shows up at Clay's house with her father Clay doesn't even remember her. Clay's pressured by his family to do the right thing and give the baby a name. Clay and Catherine agree to a marriage that will keep Clay's name reputable and will give the baby a name. Catherine will get a college education and financial support for the baby. They agree to divorce after the baby is born. Their marriage though must look legitimate and not like the business deal that it is. However, they begin to have feelings for each other but their pride stands in the way. Will the marriage work or will they go their separate ways?

This book is just incredible. It is written with such feeling that the reader forgets these are fictional characters and begins to care about what happens to them. I found myself cheering Clay on when he tries to help Catherine understand her feelings. The reader can really see how much Clay cares for Catherine and how much she cares for him, even though she won't admit it.

This is a wonderful story. I was sad to finish this story as I wanted it to go on.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RReader on September 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would rate this book really 3.5 stars. The novel is appreciably realistic and this author really uses the plot well and expands on it (i.e girl gets pregnant, couple struggle to realise their feelings). This is definitely better crafted for a so-used plot that Mills & Boon novels use rather shallowly. The characters however, could use a little work. Clay comes across as rather shallow, materialistic and immature though his compassionate nature and obvious caring (this develops) for Catherine helps balance this out. It doesn't reflect too well on him that he slept with Catherine just because he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, Jill Magnusson but I guess he was drunk and did make an attempt to stop somewhat counts. Readers can really feel for Catherine and her emotional problems (her barriers) but it can be really frustrating as her attitude drags down the novel at times, particularly when Clay is trying to be understanding. You can understand her dilemma - her inability to trust and love Clay because she fears being hurt and she's never really had that. Also her feelings that she wasn't the one he was supposed to marry and the fact they planned to divorce makes her unable to take a risk with her heart. It is a really sad in the story to see how she goaded and pushed Clay out - for him you can understand that a man only takes so much rejection before he turns to someone else. You can understand that she needed total reassurance from Clay (he wasn't able to give her this and admit his love), before she was ready to commit her love. One thing I didn't like in the novel was how Clay returned to his old girlfriend, Jill Magnusson. Firstly it was distasteful for her to be invited to the wedding and doubly so for him to actually kiss her there.Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HI all you readers! I must confess that i do not read lavyrle books that often. I only read about 5 of them and I sometimes find her books a little cheezy and unreal. But not this very ONE. This book reflects on a pregnant girls life and her path in trying to hold on to the love of her baby and it's father . I usually don't find a good enough story behind romance novels and nothing that makes the story romantic enough. The books usually come out unreal and you cant respond to any lame thing in the book. Seperate beds went way past that obsicle and really caught my interest. This is not just a book to read if you are in for romance. It's also an intruiging story about the ups and downs of being a single mother trying to struggle with your own emotions and everything else that comes along with pregnancy. Not only do you feel so much for the characters, you wanna get to know them cuz spencer really succeeded in making them truly lovable people. 5 stars for a book like this anyday!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elena on March 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Someone recommended "Separate Beds" to me as a truly great romance novel. She said it was one of her favorites and that she had read it time and again. After reading it, I'm afraid I didn't see what the fuss was all about. I found it to be not so much a romance novel but rather a novel where two people grow up along with their child. There wasn't a lot of romance here.

First of all, let me preface my review by saying that I found it difficult to get past Catherine drinking while pregnant and not using a car seat for her infant daughter. My older sister had two children in the early to mid 1980's and I'm pretty sure she knew enough not to drink while pregnant and understood the wisdom of using a car seat. Despite those detractors (or the fact that the young characters didn't speak the way most of their contemporaries would have), they weren't the things I was most bothered by. I wasn't even bothered by the dated feel of the novel, either. In fact, I found some of it amusing and absurd (Clay and Catherine listening to The Lettermen in 1985? Puleeze.).

This was a promising tale of a young girl from the wrong side of the tracks who came from an abusive home and married a wealthy, handsome man whose life experiences couldn't have been any more different from her own. The plight of the couple (who had only dated once) and their feelings at the prospect of becoming parents were very relatable and the book kept me quite interested for at least the first half. At that point, Catherine's continued placing of barriers between herself and Clay was understandable but it got old, quickly. Catherine couldn't allow herself to get close to Clay without a commitment so she created all sorts of obstacles to prevent that.
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