Part memoir, part warm-hearted look at the ’70s, and part therapeutic journey, Not Exactly Love: A Memoir is an intense and inspirational story of a woman who grew from her experience.
It was in 1969 when Betty—a single schoolteacher—met Jack, a handsome but edgy new teacher at her school. When they got to know each other, they clicked instantly. Their relationship was filled with happy times and Betty couldn’t ask for anything more…
But when they got married, Jack was a different person. He was quick-tempered. He’d easily get angry about anything, taking it all out on Betty. His fits of rage constantly ended up in verbal and physical violence. Every day seemed to be unpredictable. Was Jack going to be in a good mood? Was he going to be angry? Betty had to live with her decisions on a daily basis. When Jack was loving, Betty tried to assure herself that their lives would be better. But when the rage would come back, she didn’t know what to do.
Because nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. suffer from physical violence from a partner, Betty had to see the reality of her marriage and decide whether or not her marriage was worth saving or to save her own life.
This is great memoir. It was almost like reading a thriller novel. It’s just sad to think about situations such as these because, although it doesn’t excuse it, there’s always a story behind the violent outcomes. This book is an inspirational read, especially because it raises awareness of domestic violence.
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About the author: Betty Hafner lives outside Washington, DC and has written a popular monthly book column for twelve years in The Town Courier newspapers in Montgomery County, MD. With a M.S. in counseling, she was a teacher and counselor in high schools and colleges for twenty-five years. She continues to lead workshops, give talks, and facilitate groups. She wrote two practical career-change books that stemmed from her workshops―Where Do I Go From Here? (Lippincott) and The Nurse’s Guide to Starting a Small Business (Pilot Books). Always ready to converse, she also loves telling stories through her drawings, photographs, and writing. Follow her on Twitter and you can check out her website here.