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Separate Beds

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

All Time Favorite

I have been an avid reader since I was barely a teenager. I spent alot of time at my local public library and found Lavryle Spencer books early on. I read this book when I was 16 years old and now in my 30s it is still my absolute favorite. I have read it countless time...
I have been an avid reader since I was barely a teenager. I spent alot of time at my local public library and found Lavryle Spencer books early on. I read this book when I was 16 years old and now in my 30s it is still my absolute favorite. I have read it countless times over the year and own two copies in hardback. Books like this make me a snobbish book consumer. However, I have managed to find other authors that I am faithful to: Emily Giffin and Lisa Kleypas (contemporary novels). My second favorite novel is "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas, followed by "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin. I have read everyone of their books (as well as Mrs. Spencer) and automatically by any new releases. Check them out!

posted by majica26 on February 20, 2012

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed but still hopeful, An Avid Reader

Separate Beds (Catherine Marie Anderson & Clay Elgin Forrester)------------------------------------------------------------ ---- Clay makes a vow to persevere and sympathize with Catherine¿s unwillingness to open up due to her troubled childhood, but reneges on his s...
Separate Beds (Catherine Marie Anderson & Clay Elgin Forrester)------------------------------------------------------------ ---- Clay makes a vow to persevere and sympathize with Catherine¿s unwillingness to open up due to her troubled childhood, but reneges on his secret vow as soon as he faces some resistance from her.----------------------------------- Circumstance has forced her to grow up quickly, stuck in a house with an abusive and alcoholic father who refused to claim her as his own until he deemed it convenient. She is trying to make it in a cruel world where everyone seems to be for themselves. Tenaciously, she tries to make it on her own and does not accept aid from others gracefully. He has recognized that she cannot give her heart easily, especially to someone who is not sure he has feelings for her that go beyond the sexual tension between them. She deserves to be more than just a vessel for his lust. -------------------------- She allowed him to use her that way once, when the using was mutual. At a time when she was trying to escape from her cloyingly abusive past, and he was venting his anger from a superfluous fight with his girlfriend. He tends to complicate his problems in relationships by engaging in sexual encounters with other women. Why do men feel the need to cheapen a union that is supposed to be meaningful and beautiful by using it as an improper outlet for their angst and frustration? What seems like an easy way out only complicates their current situation. It is not even a positive effective solution, temporary or otherwise. -----------------A majority of men always seem to choose the most damaging route that adversely affects the most people. Why do we, as women, tend to have a masochistic nature when it comes to men and our relationships with them? We seem to relish martyrdom so much that we are willing to forgive them anything. Terrified of being alone, some stay in these destructive, self-flagellating relationships, clinging to men that clearly have no respect for women. They practically bludgeon us over the head with their lack of respect when they cheat on us and verbally, sometimes even physically, abuse us, but as long as they say they love you at the end of the day that¿s supposed to make everything ok. I never understood how one could continue to love someone that treated them so badly. That is not love, but a cop out and an insult to the pulchritude of love. One who does not love and respect themselves first cannot truly recognize and cherish it when it is given, nor leave when it has not been reciprocated. Those that choose to stay in damaging relationships and call it love have earned my contempt, as do novels that perpetuate this type of behaviour.----------------------------------Although the ending of this novel is endearing, it does not truly redeem itself in my eyes. I could not, would not suffer through it again.

posted by Anonymous on February 16, 2007

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Very Good, page turner, but...

    Even though I could not stop reading this book, I was a bit disappointed at the ending. Ms. Spencer knows how to make the players seem real - I felt like I knew them all personally. Catherine really needed psch help, as well as her mother. I wanted to know who Catherine's real father was but it was never disclosed. I think that would have added a lot to the story if we all knew who it was, even if Catherine herself didn't. Anyway, it is a good read and I would still recommmend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    First Book

    My mother handed me this book and told me that I would enjoy reading it and she was totally right!!!! I wasn't able to put it down until the very last page. I enjoyed everything from the modern time period it was set in to the characters that I could relate to very easily. I recommend this book to anyone out there that enjoys reading a good romance book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2001

    Good Book

    Had trouble relating and connecting to the characters at first. Eventually, though, I started to get frustrated and angry or happy and pleased whenever the characters were. The ending makes this book awesome, not so realistic, but really fairy-tale perfect.

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