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?