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

4.3 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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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 (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on December 17, 1999
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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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I loved this book! In some ways, it was a cliché, typical romance. A pregnancy results from a one-night stand, and the main characters marry due to various family circumstances. The pair agrees from the outset to "Consciously Uncouple" (...speaking of things that are atypically typical...) after certain events occur, and heartache and angst ensues for awhile. Fairly standard for the genre.

What I found atypical was that things did not just happen easily for or between the main couple. I enjoyed the slow growth of both characters, both as a couple and apart. I tend to skip over the fighting, heartbroken parts of these types of romances, but thoroughly enjoyed even those portions of this book.
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