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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.

What listeners say about Separate Beds

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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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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.

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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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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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A man's worse nightmare

Would you try another book from LaVyrle Spencer and/or Liz Dykhouse?

She is a good writer. I could enjoy a book from her. It would need to describe a love affair , that was demonstrated by acts of caring. And the narrator of this book, was a good choice.

Would you ever listen to anything by LaVyrle Spencer again?

It is unlikely that I will chance another disappointment anytime in the near future.

What didn’t you like about Liz Dykhouse’s performance?

I have no complaints about the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed. I hoped that she would quickly learn that Clay was a real man and that she could not let her daddy issues destroy that relationship. She should have realized what kind of man she had by the end of chapter one and spent all subsequent chapters showing the development of love based on the commitment of both parties.

Any additional comments?

The leading lady was abusive and was a ice maiden. There was absolutely nothing to love about her.

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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.

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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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separate beds

This is one of my favorites 😍 of all time in romance novels. Thank you.

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Loved Se parate Bed I liked to this book any times never get tiered of it

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One of my favorites

While one of my favorite books. The narrator seems grumpy During every aspect of the characters., even in between. I was a bit stunned because this is really a beautiful story and I did not interpret while reading the book.

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Ho hum

Written beautifully, narrated beautifully, the story is just too long with far too little action. The resistance of the heroine is painfully dragged out. Love LaVyrle Spencer, and this book is good, just not noteworthy or one of her better one.