Separate Beds is a poignant and compelling novel from Elizabeth Buchan.
Annie and Tom's marriage is in mid-life crisis. They seem to have everything - a lovely home, rewarding jobs and three healthy grown-up children - but, beneath the surface, all is not well.
Beneath the surface lies a secret guilt which ensures that whilst they live under the same roof, they sleep in se...more
None of this is promising subject matter for a reader ...more
Well, I was disappointed. I just couldn't get into the book at all. I didn't care about any of the characters, couldn't develop any kind of sympathy for them - and in some cases developed a distaste of reading about them (Tom, especially). Maybe that was the author's intent, but after the 10th chapter, I was pretty sick of the whole thing. The story moved v e ...more
I like the cover of this book but it’s another one that threw me off the real content of Separate Beds. For some reason, I expected more humour in Separate Beds. That cover strikes me as a bit funny in a 'chick-lit' sort of way - but I don't think it was meant to be that at all. I'm not sure if that's my (wrongful) misinterpretation or more the fault of whoever chose the cover. In any case, what I read was a thoughtful and intense family drama. Despite not being the read I expected this was a gr ...more
Here's the full review from the other site: Separate beds? “Can this marriage be saved?” When I was growing up and kicking my heels in a waiting room, I would always reach for Ladies Home Journal an ...more
The book isn't bad, per se, but neither did it draw me in. It's the story of a family that has fallen apart and how they are forced to knit themselves back together again. Usually that's a story I love to rea ...more
The story and characters are very strong and it is easy to sympathise with those involved. Readers are instantly aware of the authors writing ability, which is a blend of experience and good imagination. The 'meet the writer' style interview at the ...more
Why isn't Buchan more popular? Her books are smart, insightful, how-to-live-during-trying-times books: Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman, The Good Wife Strikes Back, Everything She Thought She Wanted, Wives Behaving Badly---some of my favorite books ever.
Her titles give the impression of cheap, fun lit, BUT let me assure you that they're much more than that. Buchan knows what it means to be human--it's complicated and and sad and ...more
It's not without it's problems. ...more
The two-star rating is the result of eventual boredom tha ...more
This is an easy read that doesn't challenge but entertains.
The usual "sandwich" story--young adult kids, frail elderly mother, a grandchild and a dog. But with a few twists that I won't spoil. There's Mia. There's swee ...more
Tom loses his job at the BBC. Annie and Tom have raised three children. Their youngest, Emily, an aspiring writer, still lives at home and needs to get out int ...more
Separate Beds is beautifully written with a poignant and touching storyline but it is S.L.O.W. The characters had charm but seemed to lack a certain oomph and spirit. A little explosive drama would have spiced things up, instead the characters were always impeccably polite and quiet.
Overall I enjoyed the book and it did get me thinking about issues we will no doubt be f ...more
A modern family dynamic: Hospital admin Annie tries to keep it all together when her husband loses his job, her woodworking son Jake moves back home with his infant daughter, after his marriage falls apart. Emily, her youngest daughter has dreams of being a writer, but the family's financial circumstances gives her ideas a reality check. Dad's aged mother Hermoine (who is always cruel to Annie) m ...more
Separate Beds was well written, even if the characters are a bit dense at times. I ...more
The struggle of this fa ...more