• Not Exactly Love: A Memoir

  • By: Betty Hafner
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Betty Hafner
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (16 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

It was 1969, and all the rules were changing, when Betty, a woefully single French teacher on Long Island, met the handsome but edgy new teacher at her school -- a hippie just back from Woodstock. His vitality opened up a new world to her, but when they married his rages turned against her, and often ended with physical violence. Like millions of women who discover they've married an abusive man, Betty was forced to make daily decisions to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to keep it secret or report, and ultimately, to live with it or leave. Part gripping story, part warm-hearted look at the '70s, and part therapeutic journey.
©2016 Betty Hafner (P)2018 Betty Hafner
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthony Smith on 03-31-18

Insightful

Very insightful, there’s times within the book that caused me to reflect on my life. I’m not in an abusive relationship but at times in my life I give in instead of speaking my truth. Which is a form of abuse to myself. I definitely will recommend this book 📚

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5 out of 5 stars
By Flora in NJ on 07-08-18

Authentic, compelling story/first-rate narration

This book does not miss a beat. It will resonate deeply with any woman who has suffered at the hands of an abusive man, and will serve as a stark warning to any woman who has not.

Despite the fear and violence and relentless mental stress the author suffered, she is amazingly big-hearted in her memoir, managing to convey all the three-dimensional humanity of both the abused and the abuser. The writing style is very natural, often charming and even humorous, despite the subject matter. Like other readers, I found the vivid descriptions of life in the 60’s and 70’s to be a wonderful, and wonderfully accurate backdrop to this compelling story.

I actually listened to this book on Audible and must commend the narrator, who brought Betty’s voice to life and was so effective with the voice of the husband, Jack, that I would literally flinch when I heard his voice and knew he was in a bad mood – I knew that would never end well. I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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