Separate Beds

  • by LaVyrle Spencer
  • Narrated by Liz Dykhouse
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Amy

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
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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio