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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    One of the Best!

    I count this novel as one of my favorites of all time. I wasn't pleased when the author had Catherine drink so heavily while pregnant, or had her holding her infant in her arms in the front seat of a car while Clay drove! Where was this baby's car seat? It was certainly a law in most states in 1985, and should have been common sense in others. I think I loved this story more for what was wrong with it rather than what was right about it. I felt sorry for Clay at times, poor thing went through sheer torture trying to figure out his feelings for Catherine. Clay's parents were simply the greatest, but Catherine's were awful. Herb's abuse notwithstanding, her mother Ada disgusted me! Ada's fear of Herb was real and tragic, but as Dennis Miller once said, 'Why should a person even bother to stand upright when they have no spine?' It was this woman's duty to protect her children (and herself) from Herb's abuse, not cower meakly in the corner without ever defending herself or her kids. I just can't believe someone could be THAT weak when the lives of your own children are at risk. So because of her childhood, Catherine found it difficult to accept Clay's kindness. Eventually she did, and I was glad to see them reunited so happily with Clay's parents and grandparents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    What A Great Book

    I can't say enough about this book...I laughed, cried, smiled...everything about it was wonderful. I have never been touched like this from reading before. I can't wait to read some of her others. Thumbs Up!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    I couldn't put it down!

    I totally loved this book. I would have never known that it was written in the 80's. It was written the same year I was born, but I can truly relate to the feeling of the characters. It was so good that I stayed up till 3am because I just couldn't put down this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    One of her best

    This is the best 'modern' novel she has written. It is set in the mid 1980's...when it came out. I prefer her historical romance novels BUT I love this one. I think it encompasses a great many generations and feelings that leave you warm and fuzzy inside (although not the entire book long!) It's really a great novel and without giving it away, I think it's a great 'modern day' romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    One of my Favorites!!

    I love all of Spencer's books but this one has got to be one of the best! Catherine and Clay are both so life-like, you feel like you know them. Touching and a great read! I never wanted it to end!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    A real heart toucher

    This was on of the best books I've ever read. Not only was it intriguiging it was also a book that many could relate to. What really pissed me off is how Clay kissed Jill when he had just gotten married with Catherine. However I was so happy when Clay finally realized that everything he wanted he already had in his grasps and so decided to let Jill go and went back to his family. This book was great!!!!!!!!!!!

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